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2Pac Hologram May Tour With Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
2Pac is gone but clearly not forgotten. A “hologram” of the late rapper performed with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, last week. Now there’s talk that this incarnation of 2Pac may go on tour with his former Death Row Records collaborators.
The potential tour lineup would include Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent, all of whom appeared with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella. While the 2Pac that appeared at the massive music festival is being called a hologram, it was actually a 2-D rendering (holograms are 3-D images).
Of course, a tour with the reclusive Dr. Dre and the perpetually busy Snoop Dogg may be difficult to pull off, but it’s unlikely anyone thought 2Pac, who was murdered in 1996, would appear on stage with them more than 15 years after his death, either.
Maino Gets His “Shine” On
Maino has flirted with mainstream success for the better part of a decade, thanks to his “All Of The Above” single with T-Pain, his relationship with Lil’ Kim and his rap sheet.
More recently, the Brooklyn rapper delivered the romantic “That Could Be Us” and has just emerged with “Shine.”
Using Isaac Hayes’ “Ike’s Mood 1” -- which has been sampled by Mary J. Blige for “I Love You” and its remix featuring Smif N Wessun, among others -- Maino reflects upon his work with Diddy, his success, his dalliances with several famous women and his winning state of mind on his new song. With one more strong cut in his arsenal, Maino now has another shot at breaking through.
Mystikal Back Behind Bars
Things seemed to be going well in Mystikal’s world. After being released from a six-year sentence for sexual battery and extortion, the New Orleans rapper signed with Cash Money, released the single “Original” and seemed poised to reclaim his platinum status.
But according to multiple reports, Mystikal has been sent back to jail for violating his probation. He was arrested in February on a domestic violence charge and a judge ruled that Mystikal’s February arrest was in violation of his probation.
He may not have to serve the full 90-day sentence, which is slated to begin May 14, but regardless, Mystikal’s return seems to have hit another bump before it could get in full motion.