Holographic Tupac Ain’t Shit Got On These Virtual Superstars

Tupac hologram, live at Coachella 2012

Alright, we’ll admit it. When we first saw how Coachella brought Tupac back from the dead for a special performance with Snoop, we were impressed. Actually, we were disgusted, but whatever. That’s another essay for another time.

We’re not here to hate on technology (because technology is our god at FWP). We’re here to instead take a big hipster poop on the fun of what we all witnessed by calling out the predecessors who did it before America’s most beloved music festival.

I mean, really guys, you don’t think Japan has been all over holographic pop stars for years? Get real.

But we don’t even have to take it over to the world’s home-of-fetishized-insanity to realize Tupac wasn’t ground-breaking. How quickly we forget our history. It was only four years ago the world’s premiere made-up band, the Gorillaz, took the stage with the world’s premiere used-to-be-cool-gone-idiot pop star, Madonna. And that ish was realer than realD, homie.


Look at the way her spand-decked body moves in front AND BEHIND Murdoc. Side note: 2D is such a fucking boss. Texting while on stage at the Grammys ftw.

As you sit and cry about how we’ll never get to see the Gorillaz perform again, turn your attention to example numero dos: Aimi Hakuchi, the all-encompassing member of Japanese pop group AKB48.


That’s right. They took a little something something from each real member of the group, spliced them together with photo-editing software, and voi-la! A whole new member to market!

But such a feat implies you actually need something to base your pop star off of, which is totally wack. The reality of our modern times is that we don’t need flesh-based pop stars at all. We just need a creative and dedicated fan base, some skilled technicians and people willing to pay money to a figment.


Lady Gaga may be making a statement about the manufactured nature of our pop stars, but she’s got nothing on what this video has to say. Hatsune Miku is fucking HUGE in Japan. What about a holographic-pop star with a song catalogue written by her own fans don’t you find appealing? Ms. Miku is the future of the entertainment industry.

So, are you ready to bow to your robot overlords?

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