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[Reaction] Tupac Returns From The Dead At Coachella 2012…Kinda

Last night, on the final day of Coachella 2012, hip-hop star Tupac Shakur, who was killed in 1996, joined Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre on stage…as a hologram. Yup, you read that right. Through the amazing advances in technology we can now bring dead artists “back to life”. The late rapper joined Snoop and Dre for Come With Me, Hail Mary, and Gangsta Party. You can check out video of “Tupac” below.

Does anyone else have an issue with this? I’m actually quite uncomfortable with the prospect of deceased artists suddenly appearing before me at a concert. That’s not something that I could want to see. Wanna use holograms to create astonishing creatures and light shows? Totally cool with it. Hell, I’d pay an extra $10 per ticket to see that because it would probably be unbelievably awesome.

But this is something else entirely. After all, think about it: Tupac died in 1996. Coachella started in 1999. How then, I must ask, did Tupac ever say, “What the fuck is up Coachella!” So now we can not only bring back deceased artists, but we can put words in their mouths?

Imagine going to a Nickelback concert (I know, it’s not easy) and, suddenly, during their performance of Side Of A Bullet, Dimebag Darrell appeared and played the guitar solo. Not all that cool in my book.

Oh, let’s take it a step further. Say Live Nation decides they want to do a Guns N Roses reunion tour. Axl has cleared it and so has Slash (a cold day in Hell, right?). But what they actually agreed to is that their likenesses can be used as holograms. They don’t actually have to ever appear next to each other or even leave their own home. They collect royalty checks for a completely hologram concert. Would you pay $70 per ticket for that? I know I wouldn’t. I pay to SEE the artists perform their art. I give them my money because I support them actually going out and working on a daily basis. I’m not going to pay these guys for going into a motion-capture studio to record a few moves that will then be recycled on a daily basis for a “tour”.

Like I said before, I’m all for technological advances that make the concert experience that much more amazing. After all, I think live touring needs to do what it can in order to make things interesting and keep people coming back for more. But this is taking things too far. I don’t trust artists or promoters to use this technology with any sense of compassion or respect yet. Until that day, I’ll be quite happy with some pyrotechnics and perhaps some lasers.

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  • MrDisgusting

    Easily one of the coolest things Ive ever seen.

  • killrobot

    Totally agree that putting words in deceased stars mouths and choreographing actions for them is insane… ugh

  • First of all. Tupac sucks. Rap sucks. This is fucking stupid, no one gives a shit.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      Was there a second of all?

    • morrisseylikesburgers

      Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?


    apparently it cost between 100 and 400 thousand dollars to make the hologram so biggie would be double that size wise. Fuck it id like to see Big L that shit would be dope

  • morrisseylikesburgers

    You’re acting like the music industry hasn’t ever exploited a dead musician. Personally, I thought it was pretty cool.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      Exploitation is one thing but actually changing their movements and literally putting words in their mouth is a different story altogether.
      Is it cool? Oh yeah. Is it right? Nope, not in my eyes.

      • morrisseylikesburgers

        You’re acting like they made him say, “Heil Hitler” or something like that. He said, “What’s up Cochella”, big fuckin’ deal. His movements were actually pretty close to how he moved when he was alive, once again, it’s not like they made him make a jerk off motion or something.

        I never said the music industry exploiting dead musicians was a good thing, it’s just a fact and it’s not going to change anytime soon. There are way more important things to bitch about that are happening in the music industry.

    • Nothing333

      Just because exploitation happens it doesn’t make it ok. This comes off as disrespectful.

  • Bone-Handle

    Let me know when they make a Hendrix one.

  • PatrickxJonathan

    CGI is stupid. I would rather have seen practical effects instead.

  • StatutoryApe

    See, this is what’s wrong with motherfuckers like you, Adam. You hate the person just because you dislike the genre. You can’t hate Tupac the person because you hate Rap the music.

    Read that story, look at the photos, and tell me he was a bad person at heart. You can’t. That’s hands down one of the nicest gestures I’ve ever heard of someone who was that large of a music icon do for anyone. It shows how much heart that guy really had. Despite not liking rap, the guy was a good person.

    Of course the entertainment industry will use this technology for their benefit. It’s what they do. I doubt they’ll be using it with Tupac, but it might happen for other dead artists as well. However, given the fact that Dre got permission (obviously) from Tupacs mother and was allowed to do it for the right reasons, I see nothing wrong with it. Dre and Snoop might as well been Tupacs family given how close they were, so why would anyone think negatively on allowing friends like that to pay tribute to a close friend? I doubt they’ll take this on the road, or make it a common theme in their shows, but even if they did who cares? It’s an amazing way to show respect and pay tribute to someone who was obviously close to their hearts.

    Given how Tupac’s mother manages and controls everything under Tupac’s name, I highly doubt she’d authorize the use of his likeness in any manner that wasn’t coming straight from the heart.

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