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

 

Via MTV

 

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 London,Southside on April 16, 2012 at 5:16pm
Pac my fav rapper then 50 enough said
Comment by Ashraf on April 16, 2012 at 5:12pm
Now they are going to start to invest more money into this...holygram is the next big thing...now that dre has created pac in a realistic performance.now you will get big millionaire artist like jay-z, p-diddy, going to create biggie, eazy e,nate dogg, big L..but i reckon p-diddy will think of doing biggie WATCH!!!!
Comment by G-UNIT SHADY on April 16, 2012 at 4:52pm
well..he said that he would come back but i didnt expect like that...R.I.P. 2PAC
Comment by stinka on April 16, 2012 at 4:51pm
Thats some slick s*** for real !!!!!
Comment by The Broom on April 16, 2012 at 4:39pm
SURPRISED HE WASN'T ROCKING THE BEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES. DRE YOU STINGY F***
Comment by Dice 22 on April 16, 2012 at 4:38pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps_FD3yjkc4
Comment by Ahh Boosh on April 16, 2012 at 4:34pm
thats cool and all but if they start making hologram concerts i would never pay to see that....the cool thing to do is what they did put a rapper thats alive on stage and then hologram a dead rapper....but i can't believe how real this looked it looked like snoop could walk over and hug pac...crazyyyy
Comment by G-UNIT SHADY on April 16, 2012 at 4:21pm
my god.......
Comment by jewels on April 16, 2012 at 4:01pm
Amazing
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on April 16, 2012 at 3:32pm
they betta pay dat negga pac estate for that hologram performance...i heard puffy his under his seat shiverin when he seen dat shet!!



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