It's alive... he's ALIVE!!!!! The conspiracies were true! Tupac Shakur is back!!!
Oh wait, that's just a ridiculously amazing hologram of Tupac performing on stage with Snoop Dogg at last weekend's Coachella music festival (for those interested, it's based off of this performance at the House of Blues). Depending on your perspective, this video is either a nostalgically terrific, technologically awe-inspiring performance, or it's down right creepy. One might even say blasphemous, but I don't think the Tupac hologram is necessarily a bad thing until it goes on tour and starts making money. That's when we can send the angry mob after Dr. Dre (who commissioned the hologram) for playing God and abusing the image of our fallen hero. The Coachella performance, on the other hand, was a surprise that nobody in the audience was expecting, so it wasn't an exploitation. Fans came to that stage to see Snoop and Dre (amongst others), and they got Tupac. How could you not be pleased!?
Anyway, I leave you with this...
- "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender"
- ―Tupac Shakur
Conversely, Tupac might agree that the greatest accomplishment in life is what lives while you're dead, and in that light, he is one of the most successful musicians of all time. He is considered by most to be the greatest rapper who ever lived, and his timelessly poetic rhymes have been listened to by hip-hop heads all over the world since his death in 1996. Now that he is the first deceased artist to perform as a hologram on a massive stage (the highly scrutinized Coachella), Tupac's legacy has been taken to a whole new level.