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Tupac's hologram reflects another milestone in his mythology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Macpherson guardian.co.uk,   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:21

As much as Hologram Tupac undoubtedly blew the festival-addled minds of Coachella attendees on Sunday, there was also a sense of inevitability about it. The technology has been out there for a while – even Celine Dion has been using it for years to "resurrect" icons from Elvis Presley to Stevie Wonder, which would make her Las Vegas audience significantly further ahead of the technological curve than the Coachella hipsters. As for Tupac, he's already been subject to posthumous representations in almost every form you can imagine: astonishing statues in bronze, a cartoon reimagining him as a comic book hero, a claymation video that was the stuff of nightmares – and those are just the officially sanctioned ones.

Regardless, the entirely unexpected sight of Tupac apparently brought back to moving, rapping, performing life feels like another milestone in his mythology. In death, his totemic qualities have taken on a life of their own – "a kind of hip hop James Dean", as former Hip Hop Connection editor Andy Cowan once put it. Conspiracy theories regarding every conceivable aspect of Tupac's life and death, from his rape conviction to the identities of his killers, abound but one of the most troublingly tenacious is the belief that he is still alive somewhere (possibly New Zealand).

What could be more fitting than to resurrect a man who many still believe never died in the first place? It's probably worth noting, if only out of vague nostalgia for a phenomenon we don't realise we miss yet, that Tupac probably belonged to one of the last generations of celebrities who could be mythologised in death at all: now that our panoptic, post-dignity era affords us the easy opportunity to gawp over famous corpses at our leisure, it's hard to imagine similar flights of fancy being able to take real hold.

It's not just the fantasists who might assume that Tupac lives, though. To most of the world, it really has seemed at times as though Tupac never went away. Eight posthumous albums have been released to date – two more than the man managed in his lifetime – often with conspiracy-baiting titles such as Still I Rise and Tupac Resurrection. All went top 10 in the US, and they're merely the tip of the gargantuan industry that has thoroughly excavated every possible line of profit from the creative detritus Tupac left behind.

In the light of this merrily unceasing gravy train, it's perhaps a bit rich that anyone, anywhere, is only now criticising Hologram Tupac for making money off a dead man; the past 16 years have been an object lesson in music industry exploitation, and surely it's impossible to sink lower than that mawkish Elton John duet anyway? While we're on the subject of Tupac's second career, though, it's worth noting that the hologram was unveiled at a rather convenient time: there has been no new album since 2006 (dare we hope that the barrel has finally been scraped dry?). His hologram likeness should at least top those diminishing coffers up nicely.

Nonetheless, it's hard to condemn the spectacle of it all – especially given the appropriate decision to "perform" one of Tupac's most chilling, metaphysical songs, Hail Mary. (Spare a thought, though, for the similarly deceased but less mythologised Nate Dogg, whose own Coachella hologram was actually announced in advance but – presumably because he was himself being exploited as a red herring – never showed.) Hologram references will pepper every rapper's lyrics for the rest of the year, and thus extend the Tupac myth even further; the inevitable @HologramTupac Twitter account (so good you want to believe it's real) has already used a convenient rhyme to take a swipe at Drake, Lil' Wayne and their own tedious catchphrase du jour. And it's unlikely that we've seen the last of the hologram itself: what was a revelation this week will doubtless become a tired gimmick rather

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:25
 
Tupac's back: 2Pac hologram raps at Coachella with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, plus more surprise guests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Geoff Herbert, syracuse.com   
Monday, 16 April 2012 16:12

Tupac Shakur has been dead for more than 15 years, but rumors have long persisted that the late rapper-poet-actor may still be alive. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre just stirred them all up again.

During Sunday night's concert at Coachella Festival, 2Pac himself appeared on stage during the hip-hop show to rap two songs -- via 3D hologram.

The eerie performance stole the show from a long list of big names in rap music who also appeared, including Eminem and 50 Cent.

According to MTV, Snoop and Dre were joined by more surprise guests on stage for performances of "Young, Wild and Free" (with Wiz Khalifa), "The Recipe" (with Kendrick Lamar) and a tribute to late singer-rapper Nate Dogg, "Ain't No Fun" (with Kurupt and Warren G).

Eminem came out in his trademark hoodie for performances of "I Need A Doctor," "Till I Collapse" and a dubstep-flavored "Forget About Dre," while 50 Cent rapped "What Up Gangsta" with Tony Yayo, plus early hits "P.I.M.P." and "In Da Club."

Tupac, who was shot and killed in 1996, then appeared in an all-too-realistic shirtless hologram to perform "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerika'z Most Wanted." The reaction from fans and concert-goers, including celebrities, was dramatic on social media.

Rihanna posted on Twitter: "#TupacBACK #unbelievable #IWASTHERE #STORY4myGrandKidz."

Drummer Questlove of the Roots tweeted: "That Pac Hologram haunted me in my sleep. Rest In Peace 2pac.......#OkIWill!!!!!!!!!!"

"I think I might have cried when I saw Tupac. #coachella," singer Katy Perry added.

Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre also performed hits like "Drop it Like It's Hot," "The Next Episode," "Gin & Juice" and a cover of House of Pain's "Jump Around" before closing the show with "What's My Name?" and "Still D.R.E."

According to Contact Music, the festival's acts -- including headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Florence & The Machine, The Shins, Bon Iver, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys -- will repeat their performances and festival time slots at a second Coachella next weekend at the Empire Polo Field site in Indio, California.

Watch the 2Pac hologram's performance at Coachella (explicit lyrics)

Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 16:27
 
HIP-HOP vs Arpaio Community Fesitval Saturday, April 21, 2012 PHX, AZ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 04:50

Because Hip-Hop is a reality that transcends the boundaries of the world of music and exists as itself on this planet. It is a culture, a movement, a nation. So what happens when our communities are under attack? WE FIGHT BACK AND IT BECOMES BIGGER THAN HIP-HOP!


Join us Saturday 4/21 2pm-10pm

Everyone apart of this event lives in Arizona & California we could of brought out our allies that we have nationwide but we feel we have more than enough talent here that represents REAL HIP-HOP. In addition we live here; we live the hate that happens here. IT IS UP TO US! To make the change.

Hosted by True-Father of True Skool Radio (Hip-Hop that matters)
Live Hip Hop performances By:

Vprolific, Olmeca, CC Beats, Rae-Rae, Bird City, Kite 93, Bob-Domestic, Verbo Autonomo, Progreso, Funny Bones Crew, The Sarafan Bboy Crew

DJ's: Bobz-illa, Alias and Pupalactea

Live art by: Angel Diaz, Intoxicated Paintings and Thomas Greyeyes

Tucson Stand up Comedian: Juaquin Murrieta

Spoken Word Artist: Myrlin Hepworth

Guest Speakers: Arrested Estudiantes who led "Undocumented and Unafraid" civil disobedience action

Hip Hop/ Break Dance/ Visual Arts Work shop provided by: B-Boy Kunta, Yazmin Peña & Gina E

"Our Resistance" photography display-Robert Haasch

"Clandesti@s" Photography display by Verbo Autonomo and Diane Ovalle


BRINCA, BRINCA para los Niños!
FREE JUMPY, JUMP for our kids!
FREE REFRESHMENTS!

Authentic home made food for sale to benefit our family and friends in immigration jails. Who are considered criminals for working hard having 2 to 3 jobs to provide for their families.


Community Information Tables:

-Free Healthcare screenings courtesy of Phoenix Urban Healthcare Collective.
-Arizona Teachers for Justice
-HIV/AIDS prevention information courtesy of Maria Jagles
-Black Alliance for Just Immigration
-Tierra Y Libertad Organization
-Ophx


Independent Media for the Hip Hop vs. Arpaio

Photography: Diane Ovalle & Explosive Images
Videography :TXN Productions

DUE TO THE FAMILY/COMMUNITY NATURE OF THE EVENT: This will be an alcohol free event. Thank you.-Puente Human Rights Movement and Artistic Reason AZ

Event:

Hip Hop vs. Arpaio

    • Saturday, April 21, 2012
    • 2:00pm until 9:30pm


 
Was Tupac Shakur really a woman hater? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie M. Miranda   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 17:12

In this current national climate of discounting woman’s worth and respect we ask, was Tupac Shakur really a woman hater as some still contend?

 

In my view it seems that most people didn't know enough about Tupac to know what his contributions were to artistic culture and society. When I mention to some how our company Thug Life Army was born out of the love for Tupac I still get that he disrespected women. Just like Steven Spielberg making “Schindler's List” didn't make him anti-Semitic. Tupac writing a few verses that mentioned bitches and hoes didn't make him a woman hater when you consider all his work.

 

In fact, there was more to Tupac than folks give him credit for. When folks hear the whole body of his work you will agree that he had a great respect for his mother Afeni Shakur and women as a whole. Do yourself a favor and youtube Tupac's music and I'm sure you'll agree that his contributions were to bring people together for a common goal. This is evident in his song “Changes” which the Pope added to the Vatican's play list. And the development of “Thug Life Code” which he and Mutulu Shakur scripted in 1992. This code was instrumental in bring together the rival gangs, the Crips and Bloods by spelling out crimes no longer excepted in the urban neighborhoods.

 

I gauge people on what contributions they leave behind when they leave this world. I feel that if I die penniless but with my family compassionate for others and in tact, I died a rich man. Aside from the monetary value Tupac left behind to Mother Afeni, when she dies she will join her son a rich women. We are all a work in progress, let's hope we leave this world better than when we entered it.

 

Musically yours,

Frenkie M. Miranda :-{>

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 14:59
 
A tribute to Trayvon Martin by LOS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 01:56

As the country sat waiting for the arrest of George Zimmerman a few in the music world made tributes to Trayvon Martin. We are featuring one artist LOS with their tribute named "Wit my hoodie on"

 

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American male who was unarmed; George Zimmerman is a 28-year-old man of mixed ethnic descent who at the time of the shooting was acting as a community watch coordinator.

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Martin was walking to the home of his father's girlfriend in a gated community where he was staying when Zimmerman began following him, while contacting the Sanford Police Department to report what he described as suspicious behavior. Soon afterward, there was a confrontation that ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the chest at close range.


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Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 16:49
 
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