Howard Stern may not be gangsta, but according to him, neither is Hologram Tupac.
A digitally projected version of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur appeared on stage during the 2012 Coachella Music Festival to “perform” with Snoop Dogg. Stern bashed the stunt on Monday morning’s Howard Stern Show, saying that Tupac’s entire appeal came from his unpredictability and his contempt for those who sought to control him–and here he was being controlled on stage:
“That’s what made him interesting to his fans—all of his behavior—his anger—his attitude. When you put a hologram up there on the stage, yes it looks like Tupac, and yes it speaks like Tupac, but it isn’t the essence of Tupac! In other words, the crazy guy who’s going to sit there and yell at the police who are protecting him isn’t there. It’s a made up rendition of Tupac—and he’s well behaved, and he’s being orchestrated to be well-behaved. The real Tupac might have gotten up at Coachella and gotten naked and started screaming at the police. You don’t know what he would have done. And so the point is, as this technology becomes perfected, perhaps even like Paul McCartney might decide to have a reunion with John Lennon on stage….it might be Yoko’s approved John Lennon…The real Tupac would not want to be the hologram Tupac. The real Tupac would probably say: “This is bullshit!’…As much as I’d like to appear on America’s Got Talent next to a Hank the Angry Dwarf hologram, I’m not going to do that because the thing that made Hank interesting was that he was Hank. You never knew what he was going to say. So, the idea of the hologram will never, ever really be right because the artist isn’t there.”
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who worked with 2Pac at Death Row Records, have stated that Hologram Tupac was a one-time stunt, and that they won’t be dragging his digital corpse on tour.
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