News: Wiz Khalifa Admits Getting Shaken Up Over 2Pac Hologram, "It Kinda Freaked Me Out"
Friday, Apr 20, 2012 11:10AM
Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa recently gave a firsthand account of gracing the same stage as the much talked about holographic Tupac Shakur, admitting the experience was nothing less than bizarre.
While he had a great time at Coachella alongside West Coast rap veterans Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Khalifa admitted the Pac hologram kept him on his toes.
"I went out before the holographic Tupac so I actually didn't get to share [the stage]," Khalifa told MTV News on Wednesday during a break from shooting the "Payphone" music video with Maroon 5. "It's cool. Dr. Dre and Snoop are alive, so that was pretty awesome to be up there with them, but yeah, it was awesome." Khalifa admitted that the 'Pac-o-gram made him a bit uneasy though. "I don't know, it kinda freaked me out," he said. (MTV)
Other artists like Warren G and Nas have shared their reactions to the digitalized Pac.
For Nas, the hologram was a reminder of the fallen rapper's cultural significance. And who better than West Coast legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg -- who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dre's "The Chronic" later this year -- to herald that message? "It makes sense that Dre and Snoop would bring him out -- they are kings in the hip-hop business, and they prove it time and time again," says Nas. "That's what it's all about. We love Tupac, the world loves Tupac, and he's one of the greatest hip-hop artists who ever lived. He deserves that, to be celebrated like that and remembered like that." (Billboard)
Holographic Pac tour talks, which also involve Khalifa, began to heat up earlier this week.
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)
Yesterday, Dr. Dre stepped up to address the hype and confirm tour discussions have indeed begun.
While nothing has been made official, Dre said, "I think everybody's in love with it right now. We're having fun." The rapper-producer noted that the current technology only allows for flat projections that appear three-dimensional from the front, but he said he's "working on some new and different things for the future." He also mentioned how he hopes other artists will be able to bring out their favorites in hologram form: "Hopefully we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye . . . Let's see what happens." Following the success of the performance, there's been plenty of talk about the possibility of taking the Tupac hologram on tour. (Rolling Stone)
Check out the performance footage below: