G-Eazy Confirms Mac Dre Hologram Planned For Coachella Set (Video)
Technology and Hip-Hop concerts have merged to a new level over the last five years. At 2012’s Coachella festival, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg brought a CGI portrayal of Tupac Shakur to their stage set. Popularly referred to as a “hologram,” the imaging was created by Digital Domain and AV Concepts for a price estimated to be between $100,000 and $400,000. At 2013’s Rock The Bells, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performed with a digital avatar of their late mentor, Eazy-E. At the same event, Wu-Tang Clan performed with an avatar of their late co-founder, Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
This past week, holograms have come into mention again. The Notorious B.I.G.’s widow, Faith Evans, alluded to the possibility of touring her upcoming The King & I duets album with a projection of Biggie Smalls. Oakland, California’s G-Eazy appeared on Larry King Now, to confirm his own hologram plans for this month. The corresponding clip aired on HipHopDX:
“I’m bringing out a Mac Dre hologram—not to spoil the secret, but I think this won’t air until after [Coachella].” G-Eazy, who has released two Top 5 BPG/RVG/RCA Records albums since 2014, continued, “Technology is crazy now. You’ll actually believe it’s him.” Like G-Eazy, Mac Dre represented Oakland, California throughout his extensive independent career between the late 1980s and his 2004 death.
G-Eazy was 15 years old when Mac Dre was fatally shot in Kansas City, Missouri. While the two never worked together, Mac Dre—considered a Hyphy movement pioneer collaborated extensively with E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Richie Rich, and others.
2016 Coachella will be held on April 15-17 and 22-24.