The jury is still out on whether or not Tupac’s hologram resurrection at this year’s Coachella Music Festival was scary or innovative—or both—but the late rapper’s mother thought it was amazing. In a statement to TMZ, Afeni Shakur said that she was “thrilled” that her son made a digital appearance on the stage last night.
The ghost of Tupac was on point during his set alongside headliners, Dr. Dre and Snoop, and while Afeni did not attend to concert, she watched it over the Internet. She also gave Dre approval to go forward with the hologram, prompting the Compton native to make a donation to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, a charity launched in honor of the slain MC.
Apparently bringing someone back from the dead isn’t cheap. CNN reported that the cost of the digital marvel was $10 million. Meanwhile, Nick Smith of AV Concepts— the company behind the lifelike digital depiction— kept fell short of disclosing the final bill for the hologram. “I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,” he said.
We’re still a little shaky about this whole “Tupac back” situation, but it’s interesting that Dre can hit the stage with someone who has been dead for 15 years, but can’t lock down a release date for Detox.
Also, somebody should teach Soledad O’Brien how to pronounce Tupac’s name correctly.
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