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Tupac's hologram performance at Coachella

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.

Ever since Dr. Dre co-signed a young Compton rapper named Kendrick Lamar back in 2010, the world has been eagerly awaiting a collaboration between the two. Well it has finally come today in the form of the first single off of Lamar’s upcoming Good Kid In A Bad City. Scoop DeVille handles the production, allowing Dre and Kendrick to flex their respective flows. Kendrick has proven time and time again that he is one of the premier MC’s on the West Coast and he only solidifies his place on “The Recipe.” Dre is… well the guy who recently released “Kush” and “I Need A Doctor.” Beyond the fact that there’s almost no way Dre actually wrote his verse, he just sounds kind of old. Where Kendrick excels through his lyrical dexterity, Dre sounds stale and outdated. Hopefully, Dre will take his rightful place behind the boards and pump out some bangers for Kendrick and stay out of the booth from here on out. Maybe I’m being a little harsh on Dre, but when put against Kendrick, he doesn’t stand a chance. Even The Chronic era Dre would struggle to keep up with modern day Kendrick. At least he didn’t try and go in over “Cartoons and Cereal.” That beat is out of control. Stream the track below and be on the lookout for Good Kid In A Bad City.