Hip Hop took over the Coachella Music Festival and may have even opened the door to the future with a startlingly realistic performance by a hologram of Tupac Shakur. The rapper was gunned down in an unsolved murder in 1996.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the main stage with the Tupac hologram. 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar also performed
The performances were a mix of old school and new school rap with songs like “The Next Episode,” “Gin and Juice,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and “Deep Cover.”
The Tupac hologram was shockingly realistic. “What the f— is up Coachella!” the shirtless and tattooed image shouted out to the crowd. He (it?) performed “Hail Mary.” Then, Snoop joined in with a duet of “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted,”
Snoop performed several of his solo numbers like “I Wanna Rock” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot” as well as his rendition of House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”
Deceased singer Nate Dogg was remembered in a montage of images as Snoop rapped “Ain’t No Fun.”
The hologram was produced using what’s called “Peppers Ghost” technology. Images are blasted from high definition video projectors with incredible clarity usually on a glass plate or specially developed foil that reflects the image.
The Tupac image was based on previous performances and created with CGI technology. Check it out below