The legendary Tupac was ‘resurrected’ on stage, at the Coachella festival 2012 that was held on 15th April. There were guest performances from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and Warren G but the audience watched in awe as Tupac ‘stepped’ on stage during a duet with Dr. Dre.
Millions of fans of the West Coast crew were in total shock as Tupac stood and performed on stage. The unusual likeness and eerily realistic digital reproduction of Tupac was astoundingly good. Tupac’s body was portrayed through a use of a 3-dimension hologram that was made by a technological San Diego company – AV Concepts. The project took four months to complete.
AV Concepts in an interview, claimed it was all Dr. Dre’s idea or ‘vision’ – that he had wanted to bring Tupac ‘back to life’ in order to perform once again with the great, great global hip hop artist.
What’s amazing is, the company also works on voice recognition and recreation. His voice on his tracks is more straightforward to create but many were confused as to just how Tupac managed to scream, “What’s up Coachella?”
AV Concepts have worked with other artists alike such as Madonna and Gorillaz. They have also worked with duet pairs such as Alicia Keys with Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion with Elvis on American Idol in 2007. However, given the public interest, fascination and creativity with Tupac’s so-called ‘resurrection’, it could be the most memorable to hip hop fans globally, and a huge turning point in technology that reproduces the human form and voice, digitally.
Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mum watched his deceased late son’s concert footage live online. Her representative said she was “absolutely positively thrilled with Tupac’s virtual performance”. It was Ms Shakur’s approval of Dr. Dre’s ‘vision’ to allow them to reenact her son’s physical image and his world-wide-known music. In return, Ms Shakur received a ‘substantial sum’ from the rap producer for a charity she set up, in her son’s name – even more of a fantastic input of the successes held at the Coachella Festival this year.
Click on the video below to watch a snippet of the ‘live’ Tupac: