2Pac’s holographic appearance at Coachella this year may be the most overhyped/coolest thing I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it yet, view the video below:
I’ve heard from multiple people that it was better on video that it was in person, but it’s still pretty technologically amazing. This article from the Atlantic has a different take on it. A profoundly critical one. Take a look:
And much like Spinal Tap, Hologram Tupac carries traces of graying desperation. Dre’s The Chronic turns 20 years old this year, and with the exceptions of Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar none of the vaunted lineup of guests onstage for Dre and Snoop’s set represented fresh talent. Eminem and 50 Cent are household names but well removed from the best music of their careers. Warren G is a sentimental favorite; Kurupt is the answer to a trivia question.
Dr. Dre is 47 years old, Snoop is 40, and Hologram Tupac is forever 25. Hip-hop may have finally aged into an era of Oldies Revues—lavish and ludicrously expensive Oldies Revues, but Oldies Revues nonetheless—and Hologram Tupac stands as a marker of faux vitality, a callback to glory days, a nod to a crowd geeked on nostalgic sentiment. Seen in this light, Hologram Tupac starts to feel crass and exploitative, a mutually agreed-upon sham between performer and audience, the high-tech evolution of the Elvis impersonator.
I don’t think I felt that strongly about it. I was more impressed from the tech side of things than anything else. I guess I never gave it a second thought. Give us your thoughts below.