Biggie's spirit lives on in so many ways, but it looks like we'll soon feel like we can reach out and touch the late, great rapper.
Faith Evans has been working on an album featuring her late husband's vocals for years now and the project is finally in the finishing stages, and frankly it sounds great. In an interview on the Dame Dash Radio Show, because apparently Dame Dash has a radio show, Evans revealed that she'll be interweaving the songs with rare clips of Biggie speaking and stories from the people who knew him best. Exciting stuff, but it was this quote that stopped me in my tracks:
"We actually are in development with a hologram [company] but I don't necessarily know to what extent I'm going to perform with it but I definitely want to debut it probably in the first video for the album and maybe use it a little bit performance-wise..."
Um......four years after the debut of the Tupac hologram at Coachella it turns out I'm still profoundly uncomfortable with the idea of holograms resurrecting the dead. In 2012 the hype was that holograms would change the game, that we'd soon be seeing entire tours with nothing but hologram Tupac or hologram Jam Master Jay on the wheels of steel for Run-D.M.C., but that hype obviously turned out to be unfounded. Like Laser Discs and car phones, rapper holograms felt like another technology that came as quickly as it went.
And yet here we are, with the prospect of a holographic Christopher Wallace sweating out of his hologram Coogi sweater and I'm equal parts excited and horrified. Evans went on to insist that if they do use a hologram it will be in small doses - "I'd use it but just not over-use it" - but even a small dose hologram Biggie kind of feels like an overdose.
Or maybe I'm being overly-sensitive, maybe I'd love to throw my hands in the air while a not-real Biggie eats not-real T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch's grape. Looks like I might just have the chance to find out first hand soon.
UPDATE: Puff Daddy and The Family have just announced a re-union concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which is the same day as Biggie’s birthday, May 20. No word yet on if Biggie('s hologram) will be putting in an appearance. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. EST.