Tupac hologram raps from beyond the grave

Deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs at a music festival and duets with Snoop Dogg through the miracle of advanced holographic technology.

Amanda Kooser
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AV Concepts poured a lot of computing power into this rapping hologram. AV Concepts

Rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered in 1996. In 2012, he shared the stage at the Coachella music festival with Snoop Dogg.

The startlingly realistic appearance came courtesy of AV Concepts, a company specializing in holographic projection technology. According to AV Concepts, the holographic return of Tupac required months of planning in conjunction with Dr. Dre's production company.

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Snoop Dogg raps with the Tupac hologram. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

There are quite a few YouTube videos of the performance floating around, showing the life-size hologram giving shout-outs to Coachella, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre and rapping the song "Hail Mary." It gets even more impressive when Snoop Dogg comes out for a synchronized duet.

It took a lot of technology to make this happen. AV Concepts gives its own shout-out to its proprietary Liquid Scenic server that delivered three stacked 1,920x1,080 images with 54,000 lumens of projected imagery poured into the creation.

AV Concepts has the ability to recreate just about any person as a hologram. Maybe we'll finally get that new Humphrey Bogart movie we've all been waiting for. I can see it now: "The Avengers III," starring Humphrey Bogart.

You can check out the Tupac performance here on YouTube, complete with not-safe-for-work lyrics. You can also follow Hologram Tupac on Twitter.

If you want to get an idea of what AV Concepts does, minus the curse words, then check out the company's dragon hologram in the video below.