2Pac Revived as a Hologram at Coachella: Why I Didn’t Like It

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On April 15th, Tupac Shakur was revived in the form of a hologram to perform a few songs at Coachella. At first, I did not even bother watching the performance because this kind of stuff has been going on in Japan for years. However, after reading reactions to the performance and future plans for holographic artists, I felt the need to check it out. Here’s a video of the performance.

Quite a few people asked me what I thought of it. Well, to be honest, I did not like it. I just had a visceral, gut feeling that it wasn’t right. Of course, this is a very personal opinion and many probably won’t agree with me. However, before jumping to the comments to curse me out, please read on.

2Pac was more than a rapper signed to record label. He was an iconic character that represented an entire generation. He did not just record songs and act cool in music videos. He spoke out about issues, he brought to light the reality of America’s underprivileged, he even called out crooked cops and politicians. He did not only sing gimmicky singles to sell records, he said what was on his mind – and what was on many other people’s minds.

However, although he had a kind of “larger-than-life” aura surrounding him  (which only amplified after his death) 2Pac was very human. Like all of us, he had strengths, weaknesses and emotions. And he was not afraid to show them. He could rap about gangster street life and, in the next song, rap about how he loved his mama. In interviews, he could be either loud, cocky and arrogant or soft spoken, smart and insightful. Like many compelling artists, the were many sides to him, like there are many sides to all of us. All of his sides were apparent because, unlike most record industry artists, he was real.

Sadly, that hologram at Coachella, wasn’t.

It was 2Pac – if he was stripped of everything that made him real, human and authentic and then infused with a bunch of synthesized computer hocus pocus. Although it was somewhat interesting to see a 2Pac on stage in 2012, witnessing a dead person artificially re-animated and controlled by unseen programmers felt wrong.  2Pac was anything but an empty shell controlled by unseen programmers…but that’s what I saw at Coachella.

One of the first things the 2Pac hologram said was “What’s up Coachella!”. This was obviously not 2Pac’s voice because Coachella did not even exist prior to his death. It was therefore probably the voice of an imitator making 2Pac say things he never said. In short, it was fake. The hologram then sings the song Hail Mary. Interesting fact: For some reason, the first words of the song “Makaveli in this… Killuminati, all through your body” were removed. Hail Mary was an odd song choice by Dr. Dre – the mastermind behind this hologram experiment – considering the fact that the very next song on the Makaveli album was Toss it Up, in which 2Pac thoroughly insulted Dre. Then Snoop came out and performed 2 of Amerikas Most Wanted with the hologram, complete with pre-arranged interactions with it. Again, fake, staged, artificial.

Maybe if this was a one-time novelty experiment, I wouldn’t have written about it. But there are now talks of bringing this 2Pac hologram on tour and making a bunch of money off it. Even worse, there are talks of bringing other artists back from the dead like Jimi Hendrix and…Kurt Cobain *shudders*. These artists all became legends due to their authenticity, originality and their ability to touch their listener’s soul. They were the exact opposites of pre-programmed, dehumanized and synthesized visual illusions. Furthermore, they were often at odds with the record industry’s shady ways and hypocrisies, which caused them lots of troubles with the powers that be. Seeing their likeness used by this industry to make them say and act a certain way is simply the opposite everything they stood for.

Maybe those behind the 2Pac hologram did it with good intentions. Maybe it was even done out of love and respect for him. But I did not feel it. It was creepy, awkward and, most importantly, it wasn’t 2Pac. Here’s the real deal and let him rest in peace.


 



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Look tupac was a great man and now people r doing what ever it takes to make money offif him so to all u ass holes out there taking advantage of his death f**k u and let him RIP

Oh My Goodness! you took the words right out of my mouth!!!!!! have you also noticed that alot of the real political 2Pac stuff is sidelined in favour of pushing tracks like 'California Love'? Personally I always thought that what a bit of a conspiracy… can't silence the man in life, they will silence him in death… they have made him commodious and completely unrepresentative of what he was in life… Listen 2 'Words of Wisdom' forget about Dre… God Bless RIP Tupac Shakur

Imagine this sort ot tech in the hands of a government that's bent on making you the enemy? All of a sudden you're seen robbing a bank, killing people, etc.. on one part of the world, while in actuality you're on the other. You come home and that whole world think you did something. The potential for abuse is enormous.

Alright i read now let me say this
The tupac hologram was good for snoop snoop was like tupacs bestest bro so you can see he would be hurt when he died this may have been a way for him to be with pac one last time

Next thing we know, people will go to concerts to see holograms.

The one singer I really liked and Im glad he wasnt wrapped up in all this illuminati bullshit. i use to think wtf is killuminati now it makes sense

great to read it.

maybe this is what the "dead will walk the earth" means…

Real Talk.

I can't believe what I'm reading. One. Illuminati is real. Two. Tupac was a human. A man. Created by the Living God. He was JUST a man. His deed were filthy rags. Nothing he has done is any good unless the Spirit of the Living God was in him and working through him. With his language and his attitude… obviously the Spirit Of Christ was not in Him. People can talk the talk. Not a problem to do that. let's not be deceived. The one behind the Illuminati is Satan. And he is going to use anyone and anything to confuse you, deceive you in ANY way he can. Let's not compare a MAN to the LORD. That is absolutely ridiculous. In no way did Tupac do anything LIKE Jesus. NO WAY.

I am not saying 2Pac was Jesus but I believe he was a great man and a threat to those in power which is why they kept calling him 'Gangsta rapper' or arrested him for jay-walking… seriously, have you ever listened to his interviews? have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of his songs or read his poetry? people like you make me laugh… You cannot argue about ANYTHING unless you are prepared to educate yourself on the subject first

When I saw this, first thing that came to mind was the story in the Scriptures about Saul and that medium/spiritist woman who brought up Samuel from the dead! 1Samuel 28:3-25 And Samuel said to Saul "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" Verse 15

Was it really a hologram?!!

I think something is going on behind the scenes! As it is, people worship celebrities & now the new trend: worship the DEAD! #sickening

I watched the video, this is an abomination.

I think they went way too far with this one.Using images of the dead to make more money off them? Morbid, disgusting and ghoulish.

I wholeheartedly agree…I did not like it either. Didn't even finish watching it & Tupac is my fav artist.

I admire your restraint that they may have not had improper intentions, I am so far beyond that point! I have not watched it. Comes off as wrong, and creepy. I enjoyed the real at the end, thanks for that!

I was born only a few months before Tupac's death, and when I first heard of him, for some reason I thought he was still alive 'cos I remember Elton John releasing a song with him or his posthumous tracks called Ghetto Gospel, but then realized he was dead. Even after that, Ashanti and T.I. made that song about Pac's Life. Even before this hologram, Pac's positive influence lived on a whole decade after his death, but I think this hologram just spoilt that legacy completely. It's not about the man himself but about his message and how he goes about his life. Making a hologram of him, at first, my friend and I thought how technology is advancing extremely quickly and how it was kinda cool seeing such an influencial figure we missed out on. But come to think of it, if I saw a holographic MJ my first… Read more »

I agree. Let Tupac rest in peace seriously! I love him too much and watching that hologram was like… legit like seeing a ghost! I can't understand what the world is going to come to with all this technology but its highly unnecessary. How can his family cope with seeing something like that? Watching that performance with the hologram in comparison to him in the keep ya head up… smh… It made me feel like I lost him all over again. Weird right? The real videos of him show a true difference, an abundance of authenticity.

this makes me think of project blue beam…

Very nice Vigilant! I always luv your post. I luv Tupac and when he said what's up Coachella? I said who is speaking and sounding like Tupac. There's a guy on youtube who raps under the name Kasinova and sounds very similar to Tupac. I'm not sure if that was him or not. But I thought it was an interesting thing to do but when you think about it especially after reading this post I don't feel comfortable with it. Thank you to Vigilant.

This is unbelievable. I can't stop shaking my head in disgrace. It's not right not right at all. Wow!

Simply a case of the illuminati mocking the world ,first by taking off the killuminati part(indicating that he was mudered becos he went against them)and using his hologram to profit even in death.Big time mockery

"peep my flesh's flesh of my flesh" I agree VC.. it really bothers me that they took that killuminati line out.. but it also throws up the red flag to clearly indicate just who's running this show. it seemed cool at first(2pac at coachella), and the idea(hologram artists touring the world) is a shimmering glimpse of brilliance…… however ironically those "light" bearers are tainting the message Pac's personal legacy stood for….. with all due respect… this hologram project could be done exceptionally….. but it wont be…… you said it best and Ill declare your rhetoric as a statement.. it is the elite’s way of saying “We used them, we sacrificed them and now we own them for eternity”. its eerie to think of pac speaking from the grave with lyrics seeming like he said them knowing hed be in hologram form telling you to look at the flesh's flesh of… Read more »

This is so scary! Tupac needs to be left alone.

From my understanding they're recreating. B.I.G and Suge Knight and supposedly doing a world tour! That is something I will NOT go and see.

-Stay prayed up you guys(:-

Okay Snoop…upside down cross much?? Not good…life his hard..but sell your soul? No…No…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do4fA8tONY4

It's so sad, all about money. Why can't people have respect for the dead. Let this people RIP.

Making money off someone dead WTF. This makes me mad. If he was alive 2pac wouldn't want this. The creepy part is that people are buying tickets and he looks so real…

R.I.P 2PAC

''Some say they expect Illuminati take my body to sleep''

lyrics from the song: They dont give a f**k about us!

i was going to say, dre possibly chose the song tupac dissed him in to show that they had fights together, but hed still be by his side today for who he was when he was alive. but thats just what i think.

The video… the second one where he's a live and real. Rapping about real things.. life, relationships… Wow they have twisted his picture into a disgusting industry tool. I'm having an existential crisis. Religion, Music, Rules, our government leaders, everything that I have loved… I can't trust anyone else but me. But me? I'm just a product of my upbringing.

It's sad that people comment and fuss over any of these "entertainers," especially when we know every entertainment industry is totally controlled by the illuminati. Which means, every entertainer is controlled by them. We should not watch, buy or do anything to support these creeps.

The ones who die are the ones who are bucking against their programming. And these illuminati creeps have found a way to squeeze more money out of them after they have killed them off. It won't stop until idiots quite buying and consuming this pap.

Reminds me of the movie "Simone" starring Al Pacino who played the devil in DEVIL's ADVOCATE…

Do you have the lyrics to the rap that Tupac is doing? I would like to know which lyrics they changed. And what was original Tupac. I'm not very familiar was Tupac's music. It might give some clues as to what the elite are doing.

Project blue beam…

its creepy b.c its like the handlers are saying even in death you are still controlled, there is no escape. maybe they re right, maybe once your souls is bought you belong to them forever

wow ppl cried? i felt weird watching it epsiecially when he said im a ghost and in the end when he disappeared, technology is all great and fun now but soon it will be used against us. its like baiting a rat on a cheese trap.

The subject of this article is very interesting, article itself is above average, but the comments are absolutely great! I'm glad so many people are capable of reasoning and deep insight.

Keep the faith, brothers and sisters, and stay connected! Knowledge is a must.

Thanks for this video VC, i looked for it on youtube unsuccessfully.

But this is what I think. It's your opinion not to like and it's fair to share it. Let me just observe you do exactly the same reviving stuff when you listen to Michael Jackson or any other dead artist. That artist is somehow living the time of a song. Or when you watch an old clip of Left Eye or Brandy. All what Dr Dre did is to put on a show.

For me it's amazing to watch it, and really technology can do everything.

Now, this confirms more clearly that artists sign contracts selling not only their live performances, but also, their soul to some industries that will certainly use it, till the end. This has nothing to do with Illuminati or whatever, it's only a contract that I'll make money with your image, either you're alive or not.

This reminds me of people using che guevera's image all over the place. It's the same thing in principle. People are quite happy to kill because of what they say "god" wants. Who here on this board has never professed to the illuminati being "evil" and satanic with the implication therefore that they (the person denouncing them i.e. You) are "good" and on the side of the angels? My point is that no one knows the will of Jesus. Even the most popular book of his works the king James bible was written centuries after his death and was a bloody political tool in the first place! And in a world where one of the most important religious figures of the last two millenia can be made into a character on South Park why not 2Pac into a hologram? I don't much like it anyway but the audience will vote… Read more »
Call me paranoid or whatever, but I was at Coachella and the whole performance of Dre and Snoop was downright creepy. I was about maybe 15 rows back from the mainstage. I’ve been a fan of them and Tupac since the 90’s so I wasn’t gonna miss it. Since I went on the 2nd week of the festival and the first week’s 2pac hologram was all over the net, I was hoping they’d do something different this time, and maybe bust out an Eazy E hologram. Sadly that didn’t happen. They did the exact same routine and brought out 2pac again. It just had a really weird vibe to me. I began thinking the same, why 2pac? Why know? Why the choice of songs? Why the editing of the songs? Again, call me paranoid, but there was some creepy imagery/symbolism going on in the screens during the whole performance. I’m… Read more »

I heard about the hologram performance on the radio and it gave me the creeps. I'm not surprised to see this article.

the only person to ever come from the grave is the true and living JESUS CHRIST god bless you v.c.

i feel that the new generation should open their eyes to the ways of 2Pac, the fact he is that much of an icon, the youth should look him, research and understand the value of his work. the show may not have been perfect, neither real but at least the spirit of true hiphop is still appreciated through this action and what hiphop stood for

it's just getting ridiculous. you know things are getting bad when the dead are resurrected on stage. one good thing i can say about the hologram is that it was done very well. however, it would creep me out to see a celebrity who has been dead for nearly 16 years.

Look at the dancing soul! Tupac was a great person because: 1:His ties to the black panthers.(who the X-men are based off of…lol i know) The black panthers were a group that openly and militantly opposed all of the things that are listed on this site and many more. That group, and others of the time(like the weathermen who bombed a corrupt judges house who wanted to keep panthers imprisoned) represent what "the elite" fears most and that's why they took sooooo much effort to get rid of this type of thing.(implanting an agent to get his mother addicted to crack,numerous arrests, tons of attempts on tupacs life, BS imprisonment, etc etc) There really ought to be an article just on tupac, because going by the article and the comments it seems not many people know what he was really about and why things happened the way they did. 2:Tupac… Read more »

Sorry, VigilantCiotizen, but all these artists you called great were nothing but mind controlled slaves. Tupac as a hologram puppet was just a message of who is behind all these so called authentic artists. Mind controlled slaves are not only anorexic models who look like they're dead. We don't actually know if those artists were that spontaneous behind the cameras. We only know them through the cameras.

How I first saw this was, 'great, another way to worship the dead.' I'm pretty sure that they'll raise the bar and start making stars seem like they're omniscient!! Having concerts on the same day in different places. But yeah….when I saw that, it was creepy. Micheal Jackson is next 🙁 People would kill to see him back.

I completely agree with you!! Thank you for writing this article. I felt totally creeped out by the whole thing.. really creeped out, and a sense that it was wrong, way wrong!! your right, its fine to do it just as a one time experiment, but to carry it on, on tour ??? weird.. plus coachella is getting more f****d up every year- let tupac, and everyone rest in piece! he's not a puppet!

don't steal he's essence from us!!!!

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Bill Cooper wrote about this holographic usage in his book "Behold A Pale Horse"…This holographic stuff just reminded me of it… "The events at Fatima in the early part of the century were scrutinized. On the suspicion that it was alien manipulation, an intelligence operation was put into motion to penetrate the secrecy surrounding the event. The United States utilized its Vatican moles and soon obtained the entire Vatican study, which included the prophecy. This prophecy stated that if man did not turn from evil and place himself at the feet of Christ the planet would self-destruct and the events described in the book of Revelations would indeed come to pass. The prophecy demanded that Russia be consecrated to the Sacred Heart. It stated that a child would be born who would unite the world with a plan for world peace and a false religion. The people would discern that… Read more »

the " Entertainment " Industry's M.O. is never miss an opportunity to propagandize, so I don't speculate what their motives are , as devious as they are and that's to Rewrite history , change perception or push false perceptions bout 2pac or anybody else . " I love the New World Order " would be little TOO obvious , so it's done more subliminal or subtle .

Believe It , they know his positions on the Industry ; NWO and what better way in their usual slimy way to subtlety change what he said or omit his important claims against them .

this is not a hologram… this is a mirror and glass effect… stop talking about it as a hologram

Okay, okay! It's mirror and glass but how does it change the important point of this article and our discussion?!!!???

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