Tupac’s mother approved Coachella hologram performance | Music News

If you were to ask what the top highlight of Coachella 2012 is so far, chances are that very many people would pick Tupac‘s surprise posthumous performance alongside Snoop Dogg as their favorite. The holographic performance was a first for Coachella and for Hip-Hop, and it was pulled off with the full approval and support of the late MC’s mother Afeni Shakur.

Known for being strenuously protective of her son’s image since his 1996 death, Shakur agreed to the high-tech tribute after Dr. Dre personally told her his plans and asked for her approval. TMZ reports that, although she could not attend, Shakur was “thrilled” with the digital performance. As a thank you, Dre will reportedly make a donation to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram, told MTV. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life. You can take their likenesses and voice and … take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it.”

TMZ also reports that a holographic Nate Dogg was initially supposed to appear on stage as well, but those plans were eventually scrapped in favor of a video tribute.

Eat your heart out, Wolf Blitzer. Tupac back.
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