Holograms: Who would you pay to see brought back to life?
When they announced the Coachella lineup and I saw that Dre & Snoop were going to have a set, I knew it was gong to be epic. I was just upset that I’m a broke, college student that lives on the East coast and couldn’t make the event. BUT, technology said, “Hold the phone there Mikey. You’re going to Coachella. You’ll be front row, right from your bed.” So there I was all weekend. The fact that Dre & Snoop’s show was set to start at 1:35 EST didn’t bother me in the least bit either. I was tuning in. What technology failed to warn me about though, was the fact that it was going to bring back one of my favorite (not to mention one of the greatest) artists of all time. I heard the rumors this weekend about a possible Nate Dogg hologram appearance, but not Pac.
I was dumbfounded. Yes, I realize they didn’t resurrect Pac from the dead, but they got pretty damn close. The whole experience was so realistic. His attitude, and persona was right to the T. Middle finger waving, throwing up the W’s while doing that Pac dance, high energy, and stage presence of…well, a human being. How weird did it have to be for Snoop though? I can only imagine. After this performance I was in my bed thinking though. Would I pay to see a full hologram set? If so, who would I go see?
Well this is a no brainer. I’m talking a full out super show here. I want to see him perform “Real Love” with Mary J. Blige. Get him out there with the rest of the “Commission.” Just imagine the beginning of “Hypnotize” and just hearing BIG go “Unh, Unh…” and then the lights come on and he’s standing there like “ HA! Sicker than yo average…” Diddy running around the stage like it’s ’96 again. Get Pastor Mase out there for “Mo Money, Mo Problems.” Honestly, just the authentic feel of having BIG up there and everyone on stage going about the show as if it was really him would be worth the money. Shit, I’ll pay A LOT of money to see that.
Something about the whole hippy era intrigues me. I don’t smoke, nor do I do any sort of drugs, but I feel as if these people knew how to party. Imagine Jimi on stage tearing up the guitar while you get to actually be in the crowd. He’d open up with that legendary rendition of the National Anthem. What would modern day hippies even look like anyway? I can imagine they would just look like Wiz Khalifa fans. Regardless, a hologram of Mr. Hendrix would put together quite the crowd, and quite the party I’m sure. Count me in.
“Just hit the East side of the LBC, on a mission tryna find Mr. Warren G.” I know he hasn’t been gone long, but I never get the chance to see him perform. Like I said before though, if you’re going to do a full show with a hologram, you have to make it epic. I want to see every collaboration he has on stage. Bring out Dre, Snoop, Warren G, Eminem, and anybody else.
I have my times where I go on my Houston kicks. I’ll be bumpin’ UGK and think damn, I need to get down to Houston for a show. Well, unfortunately I’d only be able to see half of the legendary rap group. Unless we get a Pimp C hologram. “Smokin out, throwin’ up, keepin lean up in my cup.” While we’re at it, put a hologram of the legendary DJ Screw on the 1’s and 2’s behind them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bun B is funding this already.
Well since we’re talking fantasy, is it too much to ask for a NWA reunion tour with a hologram of Eazy E? Imagine that?! I mean, sure the lyrics will be a little hard to believe now that their lives have completely changed, but come on. If we can get Ice Cube away from the big screen and Dr. Dre away from…wait never mind, we still wouldn’t be getting Detox. How crazy would it be to see them together again though? Imagine the crowd when Eazy busts into “Woke up quick, at about noon..” though?
A couple of honorable mentions have to be Freddy Mercury and of course Michael Jackson. Shit, I don’t even know why they didn’t just hologram Michael for that “This Is It” show. If you got people in the theaters for the rehearsals, you can get them in an arena for a hologram show.
As a fan of Tupac and being 5 years old when he passed, it was amazing to see what it would have been like, last night. I actually stayed up a while after the show last night just thinking about the possibilities. If anything, it made me miss him more.
Would you pay to see a full hologram show of your favorite deceased artists? If so, who would they be?