Larry Busacca/WireImageAs Diddy and the Bad Boy family prepare to hit the stage for their first reunion concert tonight in New York City, the question is: Will The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, hologram makes its debut?
According to the New York Post, the digital image is ready, and the second reunion concert tomorrow will mark what would have been the B.I.G’s 44th birthday. Wallace estate director Wayne Barrow won’t reveal if the hologram will be used during this weekend’s shows, however he says it will be unique.
“The technology allows so many elements to exist, and for it to be real and respectful,” he says. “It could be on a phone, through VR [virtual reality], or the fans could engage with him in a performance.”
Tonight and tomorrow’s concerts will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, close to where the late rapper grew up. ARHT media developed the technology for the hologram, and company chairman Rene Bharti suggests B.I.G.’s home borough is being used as a theme.
“We’re looking to include his street, the corner he lived on, his stoop,” he says. “Brooklyn is at the heart of what we’re doing.”
Biggie’s widow, Faith Evans, who approved the virtual image along with his mother, Voletta Wallace, will perform in the show. As previously reported, Evans is recording The King & I duet album featuring B.I.G.’s vocals. The hologram is expected to appear in the video for the first single from the album.
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