Tupac’shologram resurgence at Coachella last weekend has spun into an otherworldly pool of ideas of what other deceased celebrities should be resurrected. Super producer Dr. Dre was the visionary behind the concept and has finally broken his silence. Judging by his interview with TMZ, we can surely expect more artists to pop-up from the dead in the near future.
TMZ caught up with the Doctor as he was leaving dinner. There’s been mixed reactions about whether or not the hologram was a brilliant idea or if it was totally creepy. Well, Dre is happy with the results and said, “I think everybody’s in love with it right now, so we’re having fun.”
Not only is he having fun, he hopes other artists will create their own spin-off of his idea and bring back their favorite artists. “Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Let’s see what happens.”
Tupac’sresurrection in the form of a hologram at Coachella this past weekend has everyone talking. Except, that is, the man who birthed the idea.
Dr. Dre’s idea to resurrect Tupac with hologram technology was brought to fruition with the help of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports. They’re the same media company that created the digital version of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. However, there are still a few unanswered questions about the ramifications of technology like this: Who financially gains from the Coachella performance of Tupac? (TMZ reports that Dre made a contribution, blessed by Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur, to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation for the rights to use his image). And how much money was dished out to make it all happen? (Reportedly, it could cost anywhere from $100,000-$400,000.) Dre isn’t saying, but maybe there’s a reason: Could it be that he doesn’t want to let the cat entirely out of the bag until after he performs at Coachella again this weekend as a means of trying to maintain the suspension of disbelief? Either way, we can’t wait to see what HoloPac performs this weekend. “California Love,” anyone?
Who doesn’t love flashbacks, particularly to hip hop’s golden era of the late 80s and early 90s? Television and music in that era were so badass, and the fashion? Well, that had it’s ups and down. However, there’s no arguing that this era was when hip hop expanded from a genre to a global culture, and throughout it all, Yo! MTV Raps was at the forefront of the movement documenting classic moments of hip hop culture.
“GANGSTA SH*T!” That was Snoop Dogg‘s reaction to performing alongside Tupac Shakur at Coachella last night. No, Snoop wasn’t just trippin’ on some super dope kush (although we’re pretty sure he was), the legendary 2Pac was brought back to life —on Greek Easter, no less!— and appeared in holographic form during Dr. Dre‘s closing set at Coachella last night.
We had heard earlier in the week that the late Nate Dogg was set to appear alongside Dre, Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent and Eminem during Sunday night’s headlining set on the Coachella Stage, but then rumors started flying around over the weekend that 2Pac would be the one to be reanimated using hologram technology. There were rumors that the CGI Pac would team up with Dre for “California Love”, but 2Pac performed “Hail Mary” and “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg instead. We’ve got video of the moment for you above, but be warned that the language is a little salty and therefore NSFW.
Watch Janelle Monae Cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” Janelle Monae played a truly sexy, sultry cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” at her concert last night in Papantla, Mexcio. And despite the fan made hand held phone footage, it’s easy to see how wonderfully Monae performed the iconic song, and that you would have had chills coursing down your spine had you seen it live. [CoS]
The late rapper Tupac Shakur will be memorialized in a musical (cue indignation from conspiracy theorists who think Tupac is alive and well living it up with Elvis Presley in Egypt), called Holler If Ya Hear Me. The musical has been approved by Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, and will be directed by Kenny Leon (who is responsible for the Martin Luther King Jr. inspired play The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett), and is described as an, “American musical inspired by and featuring the music of Tupac Shakur.” Leon says of the musical, “A long time ago, maybe eight or nine years ago, I’ve been talking about that with Tupac’s mother, Afeni, and so we’ve become fans of each other and she sort of entrusted me with her son’s music… The idea was always to make a musical inspired by his music and not to do an autobiographical approach to his life or anything like that. And because I always thought that Tupac was a prophet and I thought if everybody could hear his words and hear his stories, they would see what I see.”
The musical is casting this week in New York City, and we’re interested to see what kind of story it tells, if not a biographical one. Firstly, the casting call is open to those without theater experience, which means that just about anyone could take on the role of Tupac, giving a wide birth for authenticity in the role. And with Tupac’s music being attributed with not only courting controversy in dealing with broad social and cultural issues, but actually provoking listeners to action, surely this is set to be a very moving spectacle. Finally, given Leon’s close and respectful relationship with Afeni, we imagine there will be an element of tenderness and extreme reverence in the production.
Lady Gaga’s Twitter Got Hacked But Mother Monster Is Back In Control
Yesterday Lady Gaga‘s Twitter was taken over by hackers in an attempt to get the personal details of her 45 million followers. Gaga has reclaimed her Twitter, and we hope no one got scammed by the epic hack. [Billboard]
Rolling Stone Does “Ni**as In Paris” Math
After Jay-Z and Kanye West played their song “N****s In Paris” a gratuitous 11 times in Vancouver, Rolling Stone made the effort to break the performance of the song down into digestible (and sometimes hilarious) numbers based on the entire Watch The Throne tour. [Rolling Stone]
Following the announcement that Amy Winehouse‘s first posthumous album will be released a mere four months after her death on July 23, we started wondering how that timeline compared to some of history’s other notable posthumous record releases. From Nirvana to the Notorious B.I.G., we take a look back at the often uneasy relationship between art and commerce.
Artist:The Notorious B.I.G Died: March 9, 2007 Album:Life After Death Release Date: March 25, 2007 Speed To Market: 16 days
Artist:Otis Redding Died: December 10, 1967 Album:(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Release Date: January 8, 1968 Speed To Market: 29 days
Artist:Tupac Died: September 7, 1996 Album:The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Release Date: November 5, 1996 Speed To Market: 59 days
Beyoncé Reveals “Countdown” Sneak Peek
Ready for a new Beyoncé video? (Is the answer ever not yes?) MTV’s Buzzworthy blog has the first 30 seconds of the video for “Countdown,” which premieres on Thursday. It’s simple yet ultra-stylized: sixties-chic by way of Sesame Street. Random fact: director Adria Petty is the daughter of Tom Petty. [MTV Buzzworthy]
TMZ reports this morning that they have seen a recently-discovered “five-minute sex tape showing Tupac receiving oral sex.” Allegedly the five-minute tape documents a 1991 house party featuring “a bunch of groupies,” and during the sex act, “an unreleased song of Tupac’s is playing in the background, as Tupac is singing along and dancing, wiggling his hips. And it gets even better,” the gossip site reports:
As the woman services Tupac, who is holding a cocktail in one hand and a blunt in another, Money B from Digital Underground walks over to him. Tupac puts his cocktail arm around Money B, continues singing and dancing … and the woman never stops.
We tend to be skeptical of these types of rumors, in absence of evidence available, but we have to admit this story has a significant ring of truth to it. After all, five years later Tupac would make an X-rated music video (with a censored cut for television, of course) for “How Do U Want It.” What we’re more curious about, in this case, is the twenty-year journey the tape has taken before reaching someone who, TMZ reports, “is making plans to release it.” Did the tape get mixed into a bunch of old VHS tapes and sold at a garage sale by a relative of a Digital Underground member? Was it submitted to Death Row Records thanks to its inclusion of an unreleased song, and then copied by an unscrupulous intern or interloper? The world may never know. We welcome your theories, questions, and “Humpty Dance” puns in the comments.