Afeni Shakur gave her permission for her late son's likeness to be used
Tupac‘s mother Afeni Shakur is said to be ‘thrilled’ by the hologram of her late son which took to the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yesterday (April 15).
TMZ reports that a spokesperson for Afeni Shakur said that she was “thrilled” with the rapper’s virtual performance of ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted’, the latter of which saw the apparition perform along with Snoop Dogg. Tupac was shot and killed in 1996.
Afeni was not present at the festival, but watched the livestream of the show, which she also described as “bittersweet”. Afeni was asked for approval of the hologram by Dr Dre. To say thank you for allowing the performance to go ahead, Dr Dre made a donation to the late rapper’s charity, The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
TMZ also reports that the late Nate Dogg was supposed to appear during the show as a hologram, but at the last minute the crew decided on a video tribute to the rapper – who died last year after a series of strokes – instead.
Scroll down to watch the Tupac hologram take to the festival’s main stage. The entire line-up, which includes Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and Florence And The Machine will return to the Empire Polo Field site next weekend (April 20-22). This is the first time the festival has spanned two weekends.
For more action from the weekend, including photo galleries and video interviews, head to NME.COM/Coachella