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Notorious B.I.G. To Tour As Hologram

The future is here ... and he loves it when you call him "Big Poppa."

One of the most infamous rappers to have ever lived isn't letting a little thing like death stop him (or, really, his family) from getting paper. Notorious B.I.G. will begin touring again in the form of a hologram—because we truly do live in the strangest of all possible futures.

Billboard reports that the rights to Biggie's image have been purchased by Augmented Reality Holographic Technology Media (a real company, actually -- not from a sci fi novel) from Biggie's estate run by ByStorm Entertainment, singer Faith Evans (the late rapper's wife), and Voletta Wallace (the late rapper's mother).

"We have a very sophisticated transmission technology for beaming these digital humans through the public Internet to literally any point on the planet," says AHRT CEO Paul Duffy. "These digital humans can scale to any size of venue so it can be in a window display, your living room or it could be in a 50,000-seat arena for a real-time delivery and display of this human hologram, that we call 'Humagrams.'" 

"Words can't even capture how elated I am for the world to finally see my son again on stage and beyond," remarked Mrs. Wallace. "Christopher’s impact and legacy will not only live through his past work, but also the new experiences which have been made possible through ARHT Media.”

According to the AV Club, Cyber-Biggie will be making his first appearance in a video with Evans, kicking off her upcoming album The King & I. After that, he'll be going on tour with Evans -- a feat once thought to be technologically impossible now accomplished with the equipment needed to create the illusion "in the back of a uHaul truck ... set up and [broken] down within an hour."

It's just like Phillip K. Dick used to ask: Do holographic rappers dream (and/or read Word Up! magazine)?

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