The virtual version of Tupac Shakur might soon take the show on the road.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the technology that made a 2-D illusion of the late rapper appear to perform at Coachella over the weekend created so much chatter that Coachella headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are reportedly planning to talk over the logistics of a tour. (And as it's a 2-D image and not 3-D, it's technically not a hologram.)
Tupac, and other virtual versions of artists we want to see on tour
One idea, the paper cites, is to do a smaller tour with just Dre, Snoop and virtual Pac, with another thought being to go big and include other hip-hop stars like Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, who also performed during Dre and Snoop's Coachella set on Sunday. However, a rep for Dr. Dre tells CNN that any talk about a potential tour is "premature."
Digital Domain Media Group created Pac's eerily accurate virtual image, and the company's chief creative officer explained to the WSJ that Pac's "performance" wasn't based on archival footage or found footage, and instead was an illusion.
The company that projected and staged the image of Tupac for Coachella attendees was the San Diego-based AV Concepts, MTV reports.
"We worked with Dr. Dre on this, and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life," AV Concepts president Nick Smith told MTV. "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.... 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 re-create it."
The reaction to the technology has been mixed: Some were awe-struck by Tupac's ghostly image, while others were disturbed by the idea of the artist being "resurrected" to entertain from beyond the grave nearly 16 years after his death. But concerned fans may be happy to know that Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, is reportedly pleased with how virtual Pac turned out.
According to TMZ, Dr. Dre first sought Afeni's approval before proceeding with virtual Tupac's Coachella show, and that Afeni found the performance by the virtual version of her son to be "thrilling," but also "bittersweet."
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Didn't he get killed because he was a gang bangen thug?
Geez, what IS it with people and this guy? His music sucked and he's dead; let it go and get a life...
JIMMY WOULD YOU HAVE THE HEART TO TELL HIM OR ANY OF US TO OUR FACE. JIMMY COULD IT BE THAT YOUR ASS IS JUST MAD BECAUSE HE WAS LARGER THAN ELVIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS CRACKHEAD ASS SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY CANT YALL JUST LET IT GO JIMMMMMMYYYYYYY? WHERE DID YOU LAST SEE ELVIS. WAS HE JUST AT YOUR BACK YARD BIRTHDAY PARTY
I want a holographic Freddie Mercury to perform next.
Out of all the musicians in the world they could've done this for, they pick tupac? what has he ever done besides drink 40's and smoke weed? Oh yeah,..if i was black i'd be proud...not
... I found this hologram to be awesome and bittersweet, all u haters talking traash go get hit by a car or something terrible, tupac will always be a legend, and greatly missed. However i do believe that holograms need to be made only of ppl or artist that have passed away biggie, pac,marley, and many many others, not of those artist that are alive, just my opinion, but yes the outfit lil outdated but i believe is pac was here today he still be reppin the khakis and the timbos...yeeeee... we miss you pac!!!!!!
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As if the "music" business isn't fake enough already, now THIS. It sucks to be you that missed out on seeing this fabulous artist live...
Radio and Music are already FAKE HOLOGRAMS LOL Hello – GAGA RHIANNA ADELE BYONCE LOL Wake up people!
I think this is a great idea, he did have an album resurection i kn (I'm know i spelled it wrong grammar police I dont give a "gosh darn")I think if MJ's brothers can tour and get money after they have been musically dead for decades after the death of MJ, or if Bobby Brown can make a semi come back back (Iord save us) because his EX wife died, A generation of teens and young adults listened to his music, (i was young when he was alive, I'm 26 now and enjoyed his music as a teenager and still do now (Im a white female) but if they can have lip syncing on shows like American Idol, The Super Bowl, (I think The Voice even had a little country girl whose mouth stopped but the singing kept going) If they can auto tune and fake voices, have computers sing and rap, Why can't they do something like this for Pac, he wasn't a Thug, he just played the part and it got him killed, he was a great lyricist as well as a deep poet (look up any of his non music work. ) whether you LIKE, LOVE or HATE Rap music, or even don't like Pac, This is an interesting concept and I for 1 would love to see how something like this could work out, he*l it could be a great illusion with much to offer for his fans past and present, it may bomb out and be a horrible job done, but know one will know until we see it, and Pac having been such an "Inspiration" to many, even more so after death for some reason (I never understand that with artist) but ac is a great canadate for something like this.... Ok Grammar Police and racist, and people who dislike tech stuff or rap music have at me. <3
@2:45 you are a pathetic coward and a dumba$$, too.
Brown, white, no matter. We blow all of you up equality! Then all that left of West is pictures on a hologramic screen!
@proud south african: just try your cr@p in Mississippi, homeboy.
Dude's been dead for what, 13-14 years? In that time frame his estate has made more money than I'll ever make.
@South African,these are some low down mean whites on this blog,don't try to reason with them they don't care.They act as if they've been oppressed not the spoiled elitist they are.
I've been kept down by teh brown man!
Didn't Paula Abdul dance with Fred Astair? Didn't Natalie Cole sing with her daddy? I don't see this as much different. I say keep it going! Some has to call the Jacksons!!!!!!! You know you'd go see them if Michael was virtually there! I would.
IT'S A BLACK THING BABY, YOU WONT UNDERSTAND!!!
You're 7 years older than Tupac? The way you post on these boards with that alias really speaks volumes about who you really are as a person. A joke.
"The way you post on these boards with that alias really speaks volumes about who you really are as a person. A joke."
This is the internet comment board for the entertainment section of CCN.com. Do you think people should take it seriously you fu cki ng moron?
What should my alias be, Dwight D. Eisenhower?
This is an anonymous internet comment board you stupid jackwipe. Nobody takes it seriously.
Few days ago it was on the news that a couple in Brazil killed two women and ate them, can we now say all Brazillians are cannibals? It's not proper, and how do you justify that? Think Bro, think, You can't change the way whites think of us, or see in us no matter what.
That JellyBean of yours, has a sick mind!!!
Out of communication! I dont think your black at all, you should have understood my point from the start.
Dude, just spit it out! No one understands Cannibal on this blog!
The funny thing is that I'm black and intelligent enough to both spell racism, and also realize that most of the comments here are to get a rise out of people who shriek racism the second a black persons talent is questioned. Statements like you've made justifying the war crimes committed by your people are why most of Africa, even the "civilized" parts, are viewed as hopelessly savāge and backwards
........ and yes we do eat racist in South Africa, especially your type!!!!
I was responding @Proud SA. Go back to grade 1, and upgrade your network!!!!
Dude, it is just some ignorant troll using my name. Ignore the POS.
I mean "I WASN'T TALKING TO U"
True that! That's what we do to idiots like you!!!! you mess with the bull, you'll get the horns. No place for for racisism here, PERIOD!!!!! not even on line!!!!
Does anyone understand what this cannibal is saying? All I hear is "Ooga-Booga! Ooga-Booga!"
if dead people are going to tour...then I want Luther Vandross back on stage, and I'm sure some people would still go see Elvis!
I wonder if the NES Zapper would work on this digital dog? Someone needs to put that brownie down... AGAIN!
You guys should start another revolution where Winnie Mandela "necklaces" people. That should help with the racism
I thought racisim is worse in South Africa, and reading all the racist comments above made me realise that my country is not the worst case. People from the SEA (red necks) really have a serious/chronic problem!!!!! Sometimes I wonder really, if their brains are as curly as their pubic hair!!!!!
Psf: that was the best comment i have ever heard since i been reading the internet blogs! Omg i laughed so hard about the white people brains being as curly pubic hair excellent but so true!
rappers are musical thieves, sampling other peoples' hard work, they don't create, just "cut & paste". plus, there's no guitar solos. just some dumba$$ talking.
We've so run out of anything original in pop culture that we're resorting to holograms of dead people. Hopefully the tour bus crashes and we need holograms of all of the idiots involved
@8:08. no I realized I was wrong. plus I'm afraid Red will kick my a55.
sorry, Red, sir. I didn't mean to offend you. Please don't kick my a55.
Dude, don't apologize to that fuktard for anything. He is quite simply an azzhole.
rap is cr@p because I say it is. that's all you need to know, dumba$$.
Rap is crap that`s why its a billion dollar industry
"Rap is crap that`s why its a billion dollar industry"
So are porn and fast food. What's your point?
Wow so much racisim in here. at least you didnt call them ni55ers ..that would have crossed the line
Tupac was the best..cRap music today is just something some crackheads make on a lil box..when the show starts someone presses a button then some blk ghetto fkr hops around with a blunt and showing his poop stained underwear dragging his knuckles on the stage. btw start wearing deoderant ur funky...and pick up ur 40 oz bottles out of ur front yards
derp, you are the biggest dumba$$ since that foreign kid.
@rapsodee: my people were here long before you. now we got casinos where whites give us their money. what you got? rap music & food stamps. yeah, you big stuff.
Hey, we're dead. get over it.
rap is still cr@p, tupac is still dead. the only people getting rich on this cr@p is a bunch of old white music moguls. they thumb their noses at all oof you, dumba$$es.
Did some digging for those of you who said "derp" never told us his favorite genres.
Jazz and Blues.
Sounds legit to me. I was thinking heavy metal / alternative. +1 for derp.
This might be good practice for introducing us normal people to the colored. Where we can get used to them before actually vein exposed to their ways.
vein = bein'. Dang blacks even made me type wrong.
Introduced?My people have been here a lot longer than yours,introduce you to blacks?Hey we've been in the U.S.since 1639 and you dumb a55es still don't have a clue.
Why do we need hologram or pretend jiggs? Don't we have too many real ones? Why do we want pretend criminals and thugs? Maybe it's some kind of kneegrow thang.
Maybe it is so stay out of it geek.Why do you people think you should "get" everything?Yes it's a kneegrow thang so phuck off.
Why can't they make him eating on a watermelon? I herd them coloreds likes them some whatamellon.
Buffy that's so funny!
Will someone plase make a holographic gat and holographic bullets?
Im not a big music fan, but did you see that picture of Deborah Messing on that other blog. Daaaaaang. She looks about niiiiiiiiice. Just sayin'
Did you check the shot of Leslie Bibb.
You guys are a bunch of losers. Tupac is dead and he's cr@p, get over yourselves. Rap is CR@P and money doesn't mean anything.
You want real music? Two words for you tools: JUSTIN BIEBER. I think I just creamed myself.
Nicely done there sir. That, is a world class job of trolling. You have my utmost admiration.
Sorry guys for talking to myself.
Nice sarcasm. Note that even a blonde can troll you judging by how you are inclined to respond to an "impostor."
"Nice sarcasm. Note that even a blonde can troll you judging by how you are inclined to respond to an "impostor."
How do you know it was an impostor?
Maybe I was trolling myself to get a response from you.
What a bunch of scared, jealous haters and racist pigs trolling today! Bet they wouldn't be hating if it was their favorite punk rocker, country bumpking or whatever. Cowards! LOL!
Because being opinionated trolls is all these guys can amount to. "Red Foreman" and "derp" are pretty much like "Evel Knievel" and other pathetic trolls that just spit their opinion and have nothing to back it up except a direct insult.
They've been asked about their favorite artists and haven't spoken a word. It's obvious they are cowards.
"They've been asked about their favorite artists and haven't spoken a word. It's obvious they are coward"
Are you referring to the other dead rapper thread where I clearly explained what type of music I regularly listen to?
Nope. This is terrible. Bet you a couple bucks Tupacs relatives are seeing nothing from this. Whoever owns his music will probably get all the money. This is why you don't sign with a label nowadays. Learn as much as you can, realize you can distribute online, and don't sign contracts with sleazebags just to get out there.
Why does it matter to you that the family's not making money off this tour?Most people the big white music execs get most of it.
@derp you're right,but even you should admit.This is freaking awesome.
Haters gonna hate ballas gonna ball "looser"on this blog are jealous morons that have nothing better to do.TUPAC I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!
And no matter how many stupid holograms you make, that ghetto punk piece of garbage Tupac will always be dead.
Yes but that hologram would be making more for a dead rapper than you will ever make after you're gone. I don't even think you make anything alive compared to Tupac dead. A dead person is dead... yes. But a dead rapper who is making money still will always make money, while a nobody like yourself can only make money while you are alive. Get the picture? The world moves on and people remember Tupac. When you are gone, no one will care about you.
Stating the fact that he's dead is cliche. The fact that you have no other argument other than "rap is cr@p" or "Tupac is dead" is just showing that you have nothing else going for you.
I don't know if I told you this before... but why are you arguing with a guy named "derp?" I think that alias screams ret@rd. I wouldn't take someone like that seriously at all. Judging by the comments this "derp" has left, I could easily say I rest my case.
"Yes but that hologram would be making more for a dead rapper than you will ever make after you're gone. I don't even think you make anything alive compared to Tupac dead. A dead person is dead... yes. But a dead rapper who is making money still will always make money, while a nobody like yourself can only make money while you are alive. Get the picture?"
This statement shows how immeasurably stupid rap fans are. You are actually suggesting that it would be better to be a a dead rapper than a live me because a dead rapper can make more money?
Note to idiot, dead rappers don't make any money. People who sponge off of dead rappers make money.
Let me ask (yes, it is pronounced ask not aks) you a few questions.
Who will SPEND more money this year, ME OR TUPAC?
Who will enjoy SPENDING as much money as they want this year, ME OR TUPAC?
Who will be rotting in the ground this year, ME OR TUPAC?
Yeah, it would be great to be Tupac, if he weren't just another dead gang banger.
"but why are you arguing with a guy named "derp?"
I often wonder that myself.
It doesn't matter whether you will rot in the ground this year or next, or 40 years from now... you will get there eventually. Tupac just got there before you, but of course he was around long before you were, so that's not a very valid comparison.
That's like saying "Oh, George Washington is dead, but I'm not!" Valid statement but a moot point.
You assume I'm a fan of rap. I could've said the same thing about Lady Gaga making lots of money, but I am not a follower or supporter of hers. You are correct that others make the money off of Tupac, not Tupac himself. However, it sounds to me like you're just bitter because someone actually became popular and had some success (despite getting shot in the end).
You still haven't shown us what your taste in music is. That shows me that you are a coward only capable of analyzing other people's arguments to fit your own needs.
Who cares if you can spend money and Tupac can't? He probably spent enough money before getting shot. Just be thankful you have life and money to spend. Stuff happens and it can happen to anyone.
"It doesn't matter whether you will rot in the ground this year or next, or 40 years from now... you will get there eventually. Tupac just got there before you, but of course he was around long before you were, so that's not a very valid comparison"
Wrong again, I was born seven years BEFORE Tupak.
"That's like saying "Oh, George Washington is dead, but I'm not!" Valid statement but a moot point"
Tell me you didn't just try to compare Tupak to George Washington. A ghetto punk, compared to the father of our country? Seriously?
"However, it sounds to me like you're just bitter because someone actually became popular and had some success (despite getting shot in the end)."
Wrong again, again. I am not bitter or jealous. How on earth could anyone be jealous of Tupac. He's dead for christ sakes. Any one who is above ground has it better than him. I can absolutely guarantee that I will make and spend more money than Tupak did in his lifetime. His mother may still be making money off of him, but he is not making or spending a single red cent. He's dead.
"You still haven't shown us what your taste in music is. That shows me that you are a coward only capable of analyzing other people's arguments to fit your own needs"
Wrong again, again and again. I posted my musical tastes on the first "rap" thread the very first time I was asked. But to clarify, I listen primarily to jazz and blues. I am warming up to some of the current "lounge" music. I think the Freestylers are doing some interesting stuff mixing jazz hip hop and dance beats. Sometimes I listen to a little classical. I don't listen to much pop, rap or rock music anymore because it is pretty devoid of any creativity. Last rock show I went to was Kings X and Porcupine Tree. Been to a bunch of Jazz and blues shows since then. Best I've seen recently is Joe Bonnamassa (sp).
hey tupac, Thug Life got you where you are today: DEAD. worm food. 6 feet under. eternal dirt nap. and rap is still cr@p, dumba$$
When you take your dirt nap who will care?Bet you won't be a hologram,just that worm food and probably not very tasty you bitter jerk lol.
Rap is cr@p to you because:
1) You can't understand why people speaking instead of singing counts as music.
Here's the answer to your complaint as shown by Dictionary.com.
mu·sic /ˈmyuzɪk/ Show Spelled[myoo-zik] Show IPA
1. an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
2. the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both.
3. musical work or compositions for singing or playing.
4. the written or printed score of a musical composition.
5. such scores collectively.
2) You don't like it.
Good for you, please share with us what you consider to be good music... or are you like your pal "derp" who are too cowardly to post in fear of getting made fun of?
3) You can't understand how rappers make so much money producing such "bad" music.
Maybe you should try it yourself, or do something that will make you money instead of complaining about it on CNN.
You and derp should go into a room and make love with Observer. Three losers!
tupac's hologram is like Auto-Tune for video. Cr@p will always be cr@p, no matter how much $ you make. leave tupac in the grave where he belongs.
If "cr@p" sells then why aren't you getting on it? Do you get paid to troll the blogs?
Call it selling out all you want, but I don't think trolling on a blog or flaming someone for making money is any better. That takes as much talent as the genre you make fun of.
Tupac is a liberal stooge. Like derp's mother.
Like yo mammy!
I like men in the sack.
I'll take a liberal stooge anyday over a conservative racist pig!!
F*** all you haters. You can call rap crap all you want but my hologram and living family members will be laughing all the way to the bank baby.
Before you bust on my lyrics, first look in the mirror and see where YOU ARE. You ain't s*** n****s. THUG LIFE!
2pac BACK! 2PAC BACk...got all these WHITE BRAUDS SCREAMIN TUPAC BACK
all you others are wack
Snap yo BACK LIKE MY HAT!
2PAC BACK BABY
ALL WE NEED IS BIGGIE!!!
2pac BACK! 2PAC BACk...got all these WHITE BRAUDS SCREAMIN TUPAC BACK
all you others are wack
Snap yo BACK LIKE MY HAT!
2PAC BACK BABY
ALL WE NEED IS BIGGIE!!!
Why does your hologram still dress like it's 1995?
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