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Tupac Hologram To Be New & Improved At Superbowl Halftime?

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Post By Kevin Douglas

A decade ago history was made when Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre closed out their headlining joint set at Coachella 2012 by performing alongside a hologram of late West Coast rap legend Tupac Shakur. It was something unexpected as the last time fans saw him perform live was at the House Of Blues in 1996. Mere weeks before being infamously gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

Dr. Dre and Snoop made the hologram a one time appearance without a tour. Legendary musical icons such as Whitney Houston have their holograms on tour. The time may have now come for the Tupac hologram to make its appearance once again. Dr. Dre is gearing up to have a memorable half-time show with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, Mary J. Blige, and rumors of 50 Cent.

The rumors really started to hit online after music journalist Sway and Heather B did an interview with Access Hollywood. The two have already seen the rehearsal and they all but confirmed the news with their facial expressions and mentioning of Tupac Shakur. One has to take into account that the SuperBowl is taking place in Inglewood, California and what better place to perform the classic “California Love” single by Tupac that features Dr. Dre?

Snoop Dogg could also perform “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” single that he featured on from the All Eyez On Me album. One could imagine how the technology has improved since Coachella, the inventors of the concept would no doubt improve upon the last time the Tupac hologram appeared for the huge Superbowl audience.

“California Love” has become a trademark song that everyone knows, but does it represent the best of Tupac Shakur? Some fans don’t believe it does and would rather the iconic rapper be remembered for songs like “Dear Mama” or “Me Against The World” or “Lord Knows.” There are those who feel “To Live and Die In La” would be better suited for the masses and television.

“Hit ‘Em Up” is another profanity laced song that some say is trademark Tupac despite having a catalog of more positive songs.  The single prime placement in the “Euphoria” Season 2 premiere and has trended multiple times on TikTok. (Most notably in 2021, when a woman assumed the role of the background singers watching Tupac). Tupac has also received  the “Wake Me When I’m Free” museum that recently popped up in Los Angeles.