Tupac Coachella Hologram Creator Tells How He Resurrected Rapper "It Was Dr Dre's Vision To Bring This Back To Life"




The Coachella festival is a place where minds routinely get blown, usually due to an awesome set or a killer reunion from one of your favorite bands. But on Sunday night it was thanks to the ghostly re-appearance of West Coast rap legend Tupac Shakur. He materialized on stage alongside his old friend Snoop Dogg during a crowd-pleasing set by the Doggfather and Dr. Dre, which also featured appearances from Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and Warren G.


The resurrection of 'Pac, who was murdered in 1996, would have been a face-melting surprise had word about the stunt not leaked out just a few days before the set. But the 100,000 or so fans who were on hand still couldn't believe it when Tupac materialized on stage to rip off "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."


"What up, Coachella?" the shirtless, pants sagging MC asked the crowd before bouncing into the classic single "Hail Mary."


"We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life," said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram. "It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life."


Smith said he wasn't allowed to talk about the creative aspects of the production — including how the hologram was able to seemingly perform the set in synch with Snoop and whether all the vocals were 'Pac's — but he did say that his company has the ability to recreate long-dead figures and visually recreate them in the studio. "You can take their likenesses and voice and ... take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally recreate it," he said.


The hologram was the latest visual magic pulled off by AV, which is also behind the 2005 Grammys performance featuring Madonna and the holographic members of the Gorillaz, as well as holograms used in concert by Celine Dion and the Black Eyed Peas.


The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off. "I can't say how much that event cost, but I can say it's affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country," he said.


The life-size Tupac was amazingly life-like, down to the late rapper's signature tattoos, Timberland boots, jewelry and movements, all of which were also recreated under the direction of Dre.


The hologram, of course, already has a Twitter page and more than 3,300 followers at press time. A spokesperson for Dr. Dre could not be reached for additional comment at press time.




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Comment by PRINCESSRAPCRAP on April 18, 2012 at 10:18am
mad propz 4 those who did this...but do YOU really think that 2PAC would REALLY CARE 4 THIS?!...yeah yeah yeah despite all the b******* Tupac fanz would love this...but tupac had a masterplan BETTER thaN this...with HIS NAME and FAME...there are SO MANY WAYs hardbody rappers 2day should STILL reprezent tupac legacy... without spending 100,000 to bring him back for another conspiracy...shitYOU can do this project for ANYBODY...where the FUCKis BIGGIE???...THIS CAUSE has NO AFFECT..
Comment by Michael Patterson on April 18, 2012 at 10:04am
That's was hot how they did that i like it a lot.I wish i could have been there.
Comment by SPIN GANG on April 18, 2012 at 6:46am
Comment by Duane Auld on April 17, 2012 at 12:09pm
wow comment are come on with a lot of love for pac and i love to hear this from his fan he will allways be love for what he done for hip hop djiceman.
Comment by Duane Auld on April 17, 2012 at 12:02pm
and something need to bring back some love for BIGG ok 50 djiceman and i got big yn the mixx allday love.
Comment by L on April 17, 2012 at 10:30am
WOW!!... thats IMPRESSIVE!... and Im not easily imppressed!.. that was wilDE! i wish I was there for that
Comment by NathanaeL on April 17, 2012 at 9:29am
Thiis was creative but at the same time would pac want this!
Comment by yves Seguin on April 17, 2012 at 8:05am
this was so awsome. such a good idea. looks so real
Comment by reese on April 17, 2012 at 4:17am
wowww pac the best ever..technology is sicc thrse dayz
Comment by AVITY on April 17, 2012 at 4:10am
Mayne dat was amazing though i don't think its great idea to honour this way a legend like Pac through holograms..#Just sayin lol

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