The next big VR avatar performance will be the late Notorious B.I.G., East Coast rap legend. Broadcast in Meta’s Horizon Worlds, the show will use a virtual recreation of ’90s Brooklyn as a backdrop and will have performances by guest artists like Bad Boy Records founder Sean “Diddy” Combs. It will also feature a narrative journey of Biggie’s life by music journalist Touré.
Bringing an artist back from the dead in avatar form often meets a wave of criticism – and that was true this time as well. Meta responded, saying it received the blessing of the Notorious B.I.G. Estate.
Notorious’ long-standing rival, Tupac, starred in a hologram performance ten years ago at Coachella. We’ve also seen holograms of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. These have usually appeared in major awards ceremonies or standalone tours. Meta’s Horizon Worlds, however, doesn’t quite have the same cachet. But fans of Notorious B.I.G. will likely be intrigued.
– Mat Smith
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