With the NFL season in full swing, the league announced the cast for the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. Hip-hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar will take to the stage with R&B icon Mary J. Blige at Sophie Stadium outside Los Angeles in Inglewood, California.
How many cast members have been cast and they are all huge stars in their own right, so the lineup was a bit of a surprise. With only 15 minutes of stage time, many have already started to wonder how the show could go. Will Blige just sing hooks for rappers’ songs? Or will each artist get to play their own tune of the hit as quickly as possible while the background effects shine behind them? And, will Tupac Shakur’s hologram be visible?
Hologram debate has started online
A debate has begun about whether Tupac’s hologram should and should connect with others on the big stage. We don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but it definitely has to be for a few reasons.
For starters, you can’t think of California rap legends without thinking of the “Change” songwriter as he was the face of West Coast rap in the mid-90s. And, after seeing Dr. Dre, Snoop, and Eminem himself in concert several times (pre-Coachella Holograms), they incorporate Pac tributes into all of their shows. Snoop always did “2 of America’s Most Wanted” and Dre always did “California Love”, in which images of Tupac rapping his verses played on the Jumbotron. It’s anyone’s guess if “2 of America’s Most Wanted” will pick up the song, but given the location, it’s almost 100% certain that “California Love” will.
Eminem and Snoop each have such different voices that hearing either of them on the track would not fit at all with a rap pac verse. And why bother spitting Lamar when he can use a goat hologram for poetry.
This idea is genius because it will really draw a crowd and that’s what the performers should do during the Super Bowl halftime show. And even casual fans will understand the importance of the Tupac hologram. If you’re tired of seeing the same digital shirtless pac that debuted at Coachella in 2012, let’s hope organizers give the “Dear Mama” hitmaker’s holograms an upgrade. Assuming they have the technology to do so, maybe we’ll see a new and improved PAC hologram decked out in jersey and bandanas or sporting gear in the “California Love” music video.
Either way, the hologram needs to be a part of the show. It’s not just something people would expect, it’s also fitting where the Super Bowl is being played, and it will be a treat that 1 billion spectators can rejoice.
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One name fans will have to take note of during the halftime show Easy-E. After it was announced that Dre Easy-E’s daughter, Abby, was performing the show, she said that she hoped her father would get a shoutout from either his former NWA bandmate or another fellow Compton native Lamar, who once Dedicated his career to Easy-E.
Abby doesn’t expect to see an Easy-E hologram or some massive tribute to her father because she knows the halftime show is only a few minutes long. He said tmz He’s just looking for a simple “RIP Eazy” at some point during the performance and it will “mean the world” to him.
We’ll find out if he gets that and whether Tupac’s hologram delights the crowd on February 13, 2022.
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