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Hologram Tupac may go on nationwide tour

By now, I'm sure you've all see the video of the Snoop & Dre performance at Coachella 2012 where Tupac made an on-stage resurrection via impressive technology. If not, check video on the right.

Snoop and "Pac" take the stage at Coachella

...the rapper was CGI. But at least it was good and, expensive CGI, "created by the Hollywood special effects studio Digital Domain, who have previously worked on films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, TRON: Legacy and X-Men: First Class." Rolling Stones

In an eerie, and sometimes awkward display, the Hollywood special effects studio, Digital Domain, created the "hologram" (it's not really a hologram) of Tupac that seamlessly interacted with Snoop and Dr. Dre in a life-like manner. I watched this video in complete amazement and fear. It was really as if the future was right now. Every single rap blog, magazine, website, newspaper, and twitter feed in the cosmos has been rightfully reporting on this event. But only few have really touched the surface on the future implications of such technology. Not to invoke the spirit of an evil cartoon villain, but if this technology got in the wrong hands, it could be completely counter-productive to the culture and history of hip hop. I shiver at the thought of Biggie doing Big Mac commercials. Not good.

Dr. Dre and the good folks at Digital Domain did an amazing job in making this experience as authentic as possible; from Pac's movements, cadence, and adlibs to his trademark tattoos and clothing.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre has intentions of taking "Pac" on tour. Let's hope he makes a stop in DC or Baltimore.


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