My 2 Cents: On the Tupac Hologram
... or at least a cartoon version is. Dr. Dre got a lot of attention for bringing out a "hologram" (though it's not technically hologram), version of the late Tupac at Coachella. The show was a homage to the legend, and I'll admit, it was definitely creative. I'm sure it was as important (if not more) for Snoop and Dre, who performed alongside Holo-Pac, as it was for 'Pac's fans. Lots of other rappers praised the idea (including Nas and Common), while some, namely C-Bo, thought it too exploitative. While I see C-Bo's point of view, I don't see how it would be exploitative unless they took it on tour-- which is exactly what Dre said might happen after Coachella. This would not be right since it's obviously for money if done any point after the homage performance. You made the hologram, you got a bunch of buzz, and you got people thinking of 'Pac. Homage success. Why milk it? To Dre's defense, he did say today that this was a one-time deal (video below), and hadn't made any plans to take Holo-Pac on tour. Hopefully this stays this way. Bringing out the hologram for special homage performances (every few years, annually at most) is alright by me, but making it a common attraction turns it into a joke. Tupac needs to RIP, not become a circus act. Speaking of Tupac resting in peace, why the hell is Suge Knight suddenly denying 'Pac's death? The man pretty much accused Diddy of having some part in 'Pac's murder, thus recognizing Tupac had actually been murdered. Focus on "beating the dog shit" out of Rick Ross, Suge.