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'Tupac' returns at Coachella

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Rapper Tupac Shakur died Sept. 7, 1996 in Las Vegas. Rapper Tupac Shakur died Sept. 7, 1996 in Las Vegas.
A realistic hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur took the stage at the Coachella music festival Sunday. (Source: YouTube) A realistic hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur took the stage at the Coachella music festival Sunday. (Source: YouTube)

(RNN) – The crowd at Coachella music festival got a special performance Sunday night, when "Tupac Shakur" appeared on stage.

A hologram of the rapper, who has been dead for 15 years, showed up alongside former collaborators Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The lifelike presence appeared on the stage, complete with "Thug Life" written across his stomach, and the rest of Tupac's tattoos, before yelling, "What the [expletive] up Coachella!"

[Tupac on stage (NSFW)]

It then broke into a rendition of the song Hail Mary before being joined on stage by Snoop. The two performed their hit 2 of Americaz Most Wanted side-by-side.

After the song, Tupac put two fingers up in the air to the crowd as an angelic chorus sang. He then vanished in a burst of light.

The digital resurrection had Twitter buzzing through the night and into Monday, where "Tupac" and "Coachella" were still among the top U.S. trends.

The social media crowd expressed mostly approval and excitement, even though some found it "creepy" and "weird."

"Man, that Tupac hologram messed me up for a [minute]," @CMo2Real wrote.

Singer Katy Perry tweeted she "might have cried" from seeing the legendary rapper, although she also joked about the performance hours before it took the stage.

"Do you think we will actually see a hologram tonight or will it simply just be a contact high #snoopanddre #coachella," she stated, in reference to the pair's well-known use of marijuana.

Rihanna also chimed in after the show, tweeting "#TupacBACK #unbelievable #IWASTHERE #STORY4myGrandkidz."

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a six-day festival spread across two weekends. It featured heavy hitters from several music genres, including The Black Keys and Radiohead.

Shakur died Sept. 7, 1996 outside MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a Mike Tyson boxing match. His shooting death has never been solved.

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