2 Pac, Chuck D, And The Beastie Boys Revive Hip-Hop’s Glory Days

Over the weekend hip-hop veterans took to the main stage and upgraded the news cycle with a blast from the past at two major music events, Coachella and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg resurrected ’90s hip-hop when they incorporated a hologram of Tupac Shakur at their Coachella performance Sunday (April 15). They used the technology to treat fans in attendance to a live, if spooky, performance from the rapper who was famously shot and killed in 1996.

In the video of the show TuPac’s hologram can be seen performing “Hail Mary,” a combative record from his fifth studio album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, which was released weeks after the rapper’s death.

The Tupac performance gave relative newcomers like pop singers Rihanna and Katy Perry a chance to show some love to the fallen rap Icon.

Meanwhile, LL Cool J and Chuck D, the frontman for the revolutionary rap group Public Enemy, helped induct The Beastie Boys into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 14).

“Right from the start the Beasties were pretty fly for white guys,” LL said of the group who were popular in the 1980s and ’90s. “And they bought a whole new attitude to the look and feel of hip-hop. The reason why this was so important to me is because if it wasn’t for the Beastie Boys I wouldn’t have the career I have today, because the beastie boys actually played my demo tape for Rick Rubin at his NYU dormitory and got me my break.”

While Adam “MCA” Yauch’s health issues kept him away from the event, the Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz were treated to a tribute show by The Roots, Kid Rock and Travie McCoy.

Today Chuck D put explained in a tweet why it’s important to celebrate the contributions of rappers who preceded today’s stars.

See video of Tupac hologram below.
–Erik Parker, CBS Local


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