It’s just been announced a Notorious B.I.G Hologram tour is in the works.
According to Billboard, ARHT Media –which stands for Augmented Reality Holographic Technology– and ByStorm Entertainment who handles Big’s estate, have landed the digital rights to bring Christopher Wallace back to life via hologram. Biggie’s surviving family members have also been in close talks with parties involved, and say what sold them on the project was the patented technology.
“The creation of a digital human, being it living, deceased in this case or even fictional,” says ARHT CEO Paul Duffy. “We have a very sophisticated transmission technology for beaming these digital humans through the public Internet to literally any point on the planet. 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.”
ARHT Media founder Rene Bharti said as advanced as the technology is, it’s quite easy to throw “in the back of a uHaul truck, and set up and break down within an hour,” which allegedly wasn’t the case with Hologram USA’s Tupac Shakur hologram that made its appearance at the 2012 Coachella festival.
The news of a Big Poppa’s hologram comes on the heels of P.Diddy announcing his Bad Boy reunion tour–which sold out in an impressive seven minutes–at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. Diddy also announced on Monday (April 11) a second show would be added.
“This project has been a long-time coming, and it is very special to me,” says Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace. “Words can’t even capture how elated I am for the world to finally see my son again on stage and beyond. 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.”
Fans of Brooklyn’s biggest ambassador will get their first look at hologram Big in a Faith Evans video from her forthcoming record The King and I. Biggie’s back like he never left, well mostly because of his music, he never did.