By Rob Markman
Tupac’s posthumous, holographic Coachella performance on Sunday night opened up a Pandora’s box of possibilities. What music fan wouldn’t want to see one last Bob Marley concert or a Beatles reunion with deceased members George Harrison and John Lennon? It’s an interesting development in live music and as far as hip-hop goes there would be no bigger resurrection than that of the Notorious B.I.G.
Nick Smith, President of AV Concepts, the company that created the ‘Pac hologram, told MTV News that it took four months to bring Makaveli back to life; that leaves plenty of time for Jay-Z to pull a Biggie stunt when he becomes the first artist to rock Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on September 28.
In the 1990s there was no artist who exemplified Brooklyn more than the Notorious One. At every turn he would spread love to his home town, after all it was the Brooklyn way as he said in his 1994 single “Juicy.” B.I.G.’s life was cut short 15 years ago in 1997 , but if he was still alive chances are he’d still be one of rap’s biggest draws and a prime candidate to christen the Barclays Center alongside Hov.
Smith estimated that a comparable holographic performance would cost anywhere from $100,000 to $400,000. Considering Holo ’Pac only rocked a couple of songs that’s a pretty hefty price tag, so an entire Biggie concert may be a long way off.
RapFix’s dream set would consist of Jay songs like “Ain’t No N—a,” “Where I’m From,” “Big Pimpin’” and “Empire State of Mind.” Hov shows are usually captivating from beginning to end, so we wouldn’t change much at all—except for the grand finale (and maybe a small Big Daddy Kane appearance somewhere in the middle). After performing the Kanye West-produced “Encore” Jigga normally comes out to play a medley of underground tracks for his day one fans, but imagine if on September 28 he took things to the next level.
Picture this: With the arena lights low and the crowd chanting “Hova, Hova, Hova” as they do at almost every Jay show, a burst of light gives way to a familiar figure wearing a long mink, a fedora and holding a cane. “Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothing,” the holographic Biggie would say before he delivered a virtual performance of “Juicy.”
After the song is complete and the BK crowd is on their feet, Jay-Z then reemerges to join his long lost friend for one final run of their classic collabo “Brooklyn’s Finest.” Sounds pretty amazing if you ask us, but for now, it is all a dream.
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