Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard have joined Tupac as hip-hop legends that have come back from the dead -- via hologram -- to play a festival.
Eazy and ODB did it over the weekend at the 10th anniversary of the Rock the Bells festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif., more than a year after Tupac paved the way for holographic hip-hop at Coachella in 2012, performing alongside the still-living Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
At Saturday's show, Eazy joined his one-time protégés Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as they performed his 1988 track "We Want Eazy." Dressed in khaki Dickies, a grey polo shirt and his trademark Compton baseball hat, the holographic rapper did N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" and his solo hit "Boyz in da Hood" before he was joined by Bone Thugs on "Foe tha Love of $."
However, the hologram Eazy wasn't actually drawn from the original source, but his offspring. According to the "Los Angeles Times," his body was modeled after his son Eric "Lil Eazy-E" Wright Jr., his voice came courtesy of Derrick "E3" Wright and his face created from Erin Wright's.
ODB made his comeback via hologram on Sunday night as the grand finale of the festival and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang's debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)."
Like Eazy, Dirty's holographic image came courtesy of his offspring, in his case, Young Dirty Bastard.
It remains to be seen if this hologram trend is just a blip on the pop culture radar screen or if we'll soon be seeing more stars from beyond come back to life. Do you want to see more dead stars come back or should we keep it live with the living?
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