2Pac That Was and Wasn’t: What to
Make of the Performance by 2Pac’s Hologram
After some time was given, there is much to be made about this recent “2Pac performance”. At the 2012 Cochaella Music Festival, during a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performance, concert goers were blown away by a hologram 2Pac. Much fanfare was made over the internet; everyone from Hiphopdx to even the Huffington Post had an opinion. Such warranted attention made the situation a bigger spectacle. For that moment, a deceased emcee was having resurgence in the common conscience without a new album to purchase.
The views about all of this have been mixed. Many people enjoyed the use of technology in an intriguing form of flattery and dedication. Dre and Snoop even want to take the show on the road. However, many others are crying foul. C-Bo even likened Dre and Snoop to “parasites” for trying to make money off of ‘Pac’s legacy. In agreement or not, there seems to be a divide between people on this topic.
It is now time to take an analytical view of the pros and cons of this hologram hoax.
For many friends, fans, and musical contemporaries, the hologram served as a form of remembrance and homage paying. Old fans can find a way to enjoy a new “concert” with 2Pac performing old hits. Also, they can witness the strengths of improved technology. Many people will try and see just what a 2Pac concert may have been like. For some fans, this is a pure win in their dedication to a great artist.
The people that really should be fans of this are those in charge of 2Pac’s estate. Technological situations like this only add to the memory of any great artist. Also, you cannot forget the potential for revenue. Having a performing hologram of widely popular artists will only make more money for the estate. No matter how it may be seen, there are those that stand to reap benefits from the advent of this technology.
The Not So Good
Many are frowning upon the tarnished legacies that can be created by this hologram situation. Many people are appalled at the idea of watching a show that involves an empty stage and a CD playing in the background. Others would like for those artists to rest in peace. What would be so appealing about watching an image that was probably already seen before?
Another issue is the manipulation that could take place. Unless you are musically unaware, records companies are always in to make an easy dollar. An idea like this could easily push record sales; the possibility of more music misuse can/will follow. Instead of coming with new artists, companies will rehash old and dead ones. This gives way too much musical stagnation. In the end, there is the possibility of the same music being used all the time. Where is the joy in that?
The hopeful fans are looking forward to witnessing a legacy “first hand”. Other fans don’t want to see a legacy tarnished. Whatever side a person is on, one thing is for certain: the use of technology to amplify the ability of live music isn’t going away. I just hope it isn’t abused to mitigate the effect of good music. That right there would be the biggest travesty of all.
‘Nuff said and ‘Nuff respect!