Even Tupac's mom loved that Coachella hologram

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Perhaps one of the most bizarre events at the Coachella music festival Sunday night was the reappearance of late rapper Tupac Shakur onstage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, thanks to some unvelievably realistic hologram technology. The Juice* feels like this is a sign of the end of days, but even Tupac's mom liked it.

TMZ says Afeni Shakur watched the whole performance of Hail Mary and 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, curse words and all, on the Internet and thought it was amazing, if bittersweet, according to a spokesperson (watch the NSFW video above). The rep confirmed Dre asked Afeni for permission beforehand, and made a donation to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, too. That beats that allegedly planned Nate Dogg hologram they all threw us off the scent with.

It was a Hollywood-style production, courtesy Digital Domain, the CGI company who worked on images of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy and Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class, among other movies, MTV News reports. San Diego's AV Concepts staged the actual show, projecting 2Pac for 100,000 fans and forever making us wary of whether in the future actors and musicians will ever again be necessary.

"We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life," AV Concepts president Nick Smith said. "It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life. ... You can take (anyone's) likenesses and voice and ... take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally recreate it." As long as you have four months and anywhere between $100,000 and $400,000 to do it, that is.

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[Last modified: Monday, April 16, 2012 4:51pm]

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