News: Warren G & Juvenile Co-Sign 2Pac Hologram, Want Notorious B.I.G. & Soulja Slim Versions
Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 8:53AM
West Coast rap veteran Warren G and former Cash Money artist Juvenile recently offered their take on a digitalized Tupac Shakur performing at last weekend's Coachella music festival and who they envision seeing next.
Despite his West Coast roots, Warren could not run away from the idea of rap mogul Diddy bringing the late Notorious B.I.G. back to life.
Warren believes that the holographic technology used to bring 'Pac to the stage can be a powerful tool in uniting different rap factions. Ultimately he hopes the excitement surrounding Dre and Snoop's Coachella performance can spawn a bigger tour and possibly lead to a similar stunt starring the Notorious B.I.G. "That would be dope for Puffy to come on and we just do one of the biggest, majorest tours ever where it happens like that," he said. "He could go out and do the same thing..." (RapFix)
Juvie the Great imagined seeing slain rapper Soulja Slim performing once again.
"I mean, that's a touchy one there. I don't know, man, because I'm so used to seeing him in a certain light, next to me, I put him on a pedestal," he said. "To see him in a hologram -- just for him to be put in a sentence with Tupac, I think it would be something good. I can't see nothing bad coming out of it. I think the advancement of technology is a great thing. Just to be able to do that is crazy to me." (MTV)
Talks have already heated up about a Pac hologram tour coming together.
Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac, according to a person familiar with the discussions. One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac, in smaller arenas. (Wall Street Journal)
According to the creators behind holographic Pac, last Sunday's performance was not made from archival footage.
Shakur was killed in 1996. His likeness has been reproduced by Digital Domain Media Group, combining cutting edge technology with a visual trick dubbed Pepper's Ghost that dates back to the 1800s. "This is not found footage. This is not archival footage," Digital Domain's chief creative officer Ed Ulbrich told the Wall Street Journal. "This is an illusion." He added that Sunday's performances of "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" are "just the beginning." "Dre has a massive vision for this," he said. (Billboard)
Check out the Hologram Tupac performance below: