It’s been three days since Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg debuted the live hologram performance of their late partner Tupac Shakur at Coachella, and Hip Hop is still weighing in on the results. Now, two of Pac’s ’90s era peers – Nas and Common – react to the infamous performance.
Nas recently caught up with Billboard to explain his reaction to the posthumous performance from the Death Row star. He said that the performance was a stunning reminder of Pac’s sheer talent and prised Snoop and Dre for making the performance happen.
“Tupac has almost become Elvis, where people still think he’s alive, so the hologram thing I thought was genius of Dr. Dre and Snoop,” Nas explained. “It just shows you how amazing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are, and how they hard they’re riding for their West Coast brother Tupac, in the name of Hip Hop music. I thought it was a great look for Hip Hop as a whole – it stepped Hip Hop up a notch. And it was also revolutionary on a performance scale…that’s what it’s all about. We love Tupac, the world loves Tupac, and he’s one of the greatest hip-hop artists who ever lived. He deserves that, to be celebrated like that and remembered like that.”
Common also weighed in on the performance with Global Grind, saying that is was a shining moment for Hip Hop culture. He added that he feels the performance’s publicity will help keep the slain rapper’s spirit and music alive for a younger generation who didn’t get the chance to experience it when he was alive.
“I think the fact that we can continue to pay homage to what Tupac meant to Hip Hop and to music and to the culture [is] great,” said Common. “Unfortunately the brother passed, but the fact that we can give people the vehicle for people to enjoy and remember what he means to music and our culture is great as a whole. The good part is you have artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg…who knew Tupac and at the same token, have a high regard for Tupac and keeping the tradition alive and keeping that spirit out there and reminding people, ‘Man…we loved him.'”