I admit I was transfixed by Tupac’s hologram at Coachella. The voice, body and mannerisms were eerily real and I felt chills even watching the performance on the livestream. Video of Tupac’s “performance” quickly went viral and it was the talk on social media for weeks. Depending on who you spoke to, it was brilliant, disturbing and/or disrespectful to the dead. Many wondered aloud with a new trend was borne where late pop stars, R&B singers and rappers would continue to grace the stage in hologram form.
The answer to that question was yes. One year after Tupac’s hologram, Eazy-E and ODB appeared at “Rock The Bells” this weekend in hologram form. For the 10th anniversary of the concert, Eazy-E, who died in 1995, took the stage with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to perform “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz N Da Hood” and “Foe The Love of $.” It would’ve been his 50th birthday.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who passed on in 2004, performed the next night with Wu Tang Clan, rapping his verses on “Shame On A N—-” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” His hologram was joined by his son, Young Dirty Bastard.
And there are more holograms to come. Chilli plans to use Left Eye’s hologram on tour with T-Boz.