Hands Up, Concert Fans: New Rapper Holograms Are Coming

Like thousands of music lovers, we were amazed by the Tupac Shakur hologram that rose onstage and rapped with Snoop Dogg last year at Coachella 2012, and then totally crushed that no further superstars materialized to carry the mic. Where’s the virtual Biggie Smalls? The virtual Michael Jackson? The Holo-Whitney?

Not ready for the holla-deck apparently. But get this: The head of Rock the Bells 2013, a cross-country hip-hop music festival held in California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., has been working with the geek wizards behind Holo-Tupac on his own virtual rapper holograms.


Holograms of N.W.A.’s Eazy E and Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard are being readied to perform alongside their present-day homies starting Sept. 7 at Rock the Bells 2013 in San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernadino, Calif., according to MTV News.


Eazy E, who would have been 50 on Sept. 7, is slated to join Bone Thugs-N-Harmony onstage, while ODB will spit with the reunited Clan for the first time since rapping there in 2003.

Chang Weisberg, head of Rock the Bells, tells MTV he’s been working with AV Concepts and the rappers’ families to use green-screen capture for the performances, which took “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to create.

In a press release, he said, “Their bodies, faces, and voices have been captured to help recreate their avatars. The process has been extremely rewarding to say the least.”

Can he pull it off? And if so, which songs would you want Eazy E and ODB to perform?

Rock the Bells 2013 shows will take place at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif. on September 7-8; Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. on September 14-15; Festival Grounds at RFK in Washington, D.C. on September 28-29; and Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, New Jersey on October 4-5. Visit www.rockthebells.net for the full lineup.

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