If you haven’t heard people in hysterics yelling ‘Tupac Lives!’ this show was the cause for that assumption. On Sunday, April 15th, for the first time ever in music festival (or world) history a CG hologram was used to reincarnate a rap icon. Now besides the technological implications this has for the future of concerts and sports (Japan boasted the idea to equip 400 stadiums around the world with 3D flat screens that would make holograms of the players in the World Cup 2022. Thus allowing every country to ‘host’ the World Cup.) its a slippery slope in terms of how frequent artists use this technology to reincarnate nostalgic artists. Imagine if this was used to materialize Biggie, Mac Dre, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and the list goes on.
In terms of the show itself, Snoop and Dre put on a killer performance. Bringing out an all-star cast including; Kendrick Lamar (performing The Recipe), Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Eminem, Warren G, Kurupt, a giant projection of Frank Sinatra, and of course a hologram of Tupac Shakur. Backed by a full band this stellar lineup rocked the final night of Coachella. You can catch the hour long set on youtube below and I highly recommend watching the entire set for all of the guest performances and of course Snoop and Dre on the mic.