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Rapper Tupac Shakur hits stage at Coachella with the help of 3-D technology

•, ByJacob E. Osterhout


And mind-blowingly awesome.

That was the fan reaction after Tupac Shakur was resurrected at the Coachella Music Festival in California.

The late rapper, slain in a hail of bullets in 1996, seemingly returned to life Sunday night to perform alongside fellow hip-hop icons Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

While the shirtless Tupac, dressed in jeans and Timberland boots, might have looked real to the 100,000 stunned music fans, it was actually a hologram.

Dre, who also produced the performance, tapped a company called AV Concepts to pull off the concert stunt, which is estimated to have cost nearly $400,000.

But first he sought — and got — permission from Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who watched the performance live on the Internet

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