Tupac has been dead for 15 years, but guess where the “California Love” MC was this weekend? Coachella. Weirdest.Shit.Ever. Now I remember when CNN introduced the hologram, outside of “Star Trek,” during the 2008 Presidential Election coverage with will.i.am appearing from some far away land in their New York studio, then the technical trick was funny. But this Tupac hologram is just … but I know there is some artist somewhere like ‘Hell, now I don’t have to do all of these dates anymore! I can literally phone it in!’
Hip Hop Wired was there to capture the craziness of Tupac, reporting:
Some stonewashed jeans and Timberland boots flashed on the screens, while the iconic “THUG LIFE” tattooed stomach was shown close up and Tupac Shakur graced a concert stage for the first time in 15 years. The holographic artist rendering of Pac was slickly designed and seemed to be ripped directly out of an episode of “Star Trek.” He didn’t look like he walked right out of 1996, rather he looked as if he never passed away and stayed in amazing shape. He had a slightly larger build, and had added age to his face, but it was unmistakably Pac. A stunned hush fell over the 40,000+ in attendance in the festival, before the holographic Pac let out an emphatic “What up, Coachella?!” A thunderous roar from the crowd followed as Pac pranced around in his unmistakeable mannerisms to perform “Gangsta Party.” Grown men roared with tears in their eyes, and plenty women jammed along in stunned disbelief. Tupac Shakur? In 2012? Live on stage? It was as good to the real thing as any of us were ever going to get. Snoop Dogg and Tupac traded bars with each other over their classic tune and it was just a surreal, yet classic, Hip-Hop moment that was creepy and awesome all at the same time.
Pac then threw his two fingers up for an eerie, yet stunning rendition of “Hail Mary,” a song he was never lived to perform. And just as quickly as the hologram appeared, he returned to the center of the stage and vanished into thin air as the crowd roared almost begging the make-believe Pac not to go. For a good eight minutes, 50,000 people had suspended their belief in everything and let Tupac resurrect for one last mesmerizing performance. Epic was an understatement.
Watch the weirdness below: