Watch a Hologram of Tupac Shakur Perform “Live” with Snoop Dogg

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
April 16 2012 11:30 AM

Did You See This? Tupac Hologram “Performs” at Coachella

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A hologram of Tupac Shakur on stage at Coachella

Last night, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg closed out the three-day Coachella festival with a star-studded set that featured guest spots from Eminem, 50 Cent, Warren G, Wiz Khalifa, and more. But the one guest everyone is talking about has been dead for over 15 years: A hologram of Tupac Shakur performed "Hail Mary" solo, then was joined by Snoop for "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before disintegrating in front of the massive, screaming crowd.

While the crowd seems happy, critical response has been mixed. Watching the cameo on YouTube, the whole thing seems downright creepy—particularly when Snoop Dogg joins him on stage and addresses the Shakur hologram as though he were a real person. While the audio for the hologram is mostly provided by recordings of Shakur, some amount of vocal impersonation seems to have been used: When Shakur first appears on stage, he shouts "What the fuck is up, Coachella?" To which one wants to reply, "Good question, hologram of Tupac Shakur. What the fuck is up?"

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.