Dead rapper resurrected to perform at Coachella

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Some found it eerie, some were elated but overall the resurrection of dead rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella festival in California was given thumbs up by everyone. The rapper who was shot dead in 1996 was literally resurrected using ‘Holographic image’.

A virtual life size version of the artist was created using a Hologram. The Hologram of the rapper was seen performing with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre and also interacted with the audience.

The walking and talking image of the artist cost Coachella a whopping 400,000 USD and took almost four months to complete. Interestingly, the makers stated that it wasn’t really a holographic projection but a 2-D projection. Just before Tupac’s scheduled appearance, a 30-foot-by-13-foot transparent screen was placed across the stage. The images of Tupac were projected from above onto a reflective surface, which then reflected them onto the giant screen. The screen was angled in such a way that the audience could watch Tupac performing, but not see the screen itself.

Actor and rap artist Tupac Shakur was shot dead in 1996 in Las Vegas. Also known as 2 Pac, Pac and Makaveli, Tupac’s songs mostly centered around racism, violence and hardships. His songs were immensely popular and ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine had named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

This isn’t the first time that a holographic image has been created in front of live audience. In 2007, Celine Dion had performed a duet with Elvis Presley live on American Idol. The same concept was used back then.

Although considered an expensive process, the makers of Tupac’s holographic image are now thinking of promoting the dead artists songs via a tour. So all those who missed out on Coachella can hope that Tupac does perform again on stage and for now, have a look at the video.