Tupac Returns as a Creepy Rapping Hologram at Coachella [VIDEO]

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Coachella attendees received an unexpected shout out from the late rapper Tupac Shakur Sunday night during a performance with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

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The rapper appeared on stage as a very realistic, 3D-animated holograph for two songs.

"What up, Coachella?" Shakur shouted to fans, then proceeded to perform alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop. The hologram, shown in the video above, appears to be synced with a series of audio clips from past live performances. (Note: Some of the language is strong, and may be NSFW, so keep your headphones plugged in.)

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Although several albums have been released after Tupac's death in 1996, including a biographical documentary that came out in 2003, this is a first for his live performances.

This type of technology has been used previously -- the late Elvis Presley did a duet as a hologram with Celine Dion on American Idol -- but advanced attempts could very well bring other famous acts back to life. Would people pay to see other performers, such as Michael Jackson if he went on a holographic tour?

Reactions to Tupac's appearance with Snoop and Dr. Dre were mixed on Twitter. Some were fascinated at this level of technology, and others claimed to be weirded out by it. Other performers at Coachella, like Rihanna were amazed by the performance.

What do you think of the holographic ressurection of Tupac? Would you pay to see a hologram perform? Let us know in the comments

Image Courtesy of MTV Films

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