Dr. Dre had the honour of being the closing act of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival and he did not disappoint. Having a back catalogue of hit after hit is something not many acts can boast, and having friends such as Eminem and Snoop Dogg to back him up made for a more than memorable set.
Hits and co-stars alone would have been enough to floor crowds but his set was taken up a further and unexpected notch when a hologram of Tupac rose from the stage and performed with Snoop Dogg. Stunned fans were in awe as a life-like Tupac Shakur commanded the stage performing two songs, Hail Mary and Gangsta Party with Snoop, who rapped along with him as though the real Tupac was standing there. It was an amazing feat in technological advancement and provided a generation who would have never seen Tupac perform a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Although the Tupac hologram was the headline grabber of the set, there was plenty more to marvel at as Dr. Dre and his cohorts took control of one of the largest crowds and had them in the palm of their hands. A touching tribute was paid to fallen member of the Dr. Dre/Death Row camp Nate Dogg, who passed in 2011 after suffering multiple strokes. Dr. Dre managed to blend the old school with the new, performing with stalwarts such as Warren G and newcomers to the game like Wiz Khalifa and Dr. Dre signee Kendrick Lamar.
Dr. Dre would then go on to bring out Aftermath alumni and multiplatinum artist 50 Cent for a mini set of classic Dre and 50 collaborations including of course In Da Club. Eminem would then follow and perform with Dre, leaving to ‘catch a cab', leaving Dre and Snoop to close the show on their classic Still D.R.E.
A hologram Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and some of the newer acts to the hip-hop game combined to provide the packed crowd at Coachella one of the better sets in the festivals history and one that will be difficult to top.