After Tupac‘s “performance” at last year’s Coachella, the controversy behind whether or not hologram shows are more beneficiary than harmful has polarized music lovers. On one hand, fans who aren’t aware of the artist’s catalogue become exposed to the sounds of the past while older listeners can experience feelings of nostalgia as they see some of their favourite artists perform for one last time. On the other hand, critics may call out the individuals involved with these antics, labelling them as using the artist’s name and integrity to benefit themselves financially. Also, these performances may not capture the minute characteristics of the performers and may come across as being a big tease.
Rock the Bells decided to one up the competition of the previously mentioned music festival by bringing both coasts together. While the first day consisted of some pretty dope artists, no one could complete with Eazy E, who would have been 50 if he didn’t pass away due to complications of AIDS (but I’ll let you conspiracy theorists debate that statement). The former N.W.A member was joined by Bone Thugs N Harmony while they participated in a rendition of “Straight Outta Compton” and “Boyz In the Hood” before joining his proteges on “Foe tha Love of $”.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. While the 2nd hologram featuring the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard was hyped by fans and concert goers alike (including ODB’s mother), his widow was less that pleased with the decision, as she has the right’s to her late husband’s image.Where will these performances go from here? Who will see next? James Brown? Elvis? The only thing we can assume is that this tend won’t slow down anytime soon.
Here’s 5 tracks that you might have missed during the chaotic affairs of the last 7 days:
1) Malek Makes a Beat Only Using Pencils
2) Klaus Layer (feat. Blu) – Illest in Charge
3) Wes James – “Kanye “S**t”
4) Planet Asia (feat. Killa Kali & Killer Ben) – “The Gods Speak”
5) Rich Kidd – “Far From Rich”