Smart contact lenses with built-in cameras and display. Robotic Scarlett Johansson fuckbots. Hologram dead rappers. The future is now.
On Monday, ARHT (Augmented Reality Holographic Technology) Media announced that it has secured the rights to the likeness of Biggie Smalls. The company partnered with ByStorm Media, Faith Evans and Voletta Wallace, who all handle the legendary rapper’s estate.
“We’ll use input from virtually anywhere so we’ll talk to people, we’ll obviously look through existing footage,” ARHT CEO Paul Duffy told Billboard. “We’ll meet with family members and just look to alternately capture the essence of Biggie. Then we’ll have their eyes on all the content and material that’s being built. Of course, nothing would be released until they felt comfortable and signed off on it.”
This kicks in the door for Notorious B.I.G. to go on tour in a post-mortem hologram version, but first holo-Biggie will appear in a music video for the upcoming duets compilation called “The King & I,” with his ex-wife, Faith Evans.
“What we’re gonna start with is a video with the first single from The King & I then I think Faith wants to do a little tour,” ARHT Media founder Rene Bharti told Billboard.
Frank White joins the long list of dead celebrities that have been reincarnated through holograms. Tupac, Eazy-E, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx have all been brought back to life with the help of holographic technology.
Then there’s a possibility to see the GOAT brought alive on stage at the Bad Boy Reunion concert going down at the Barclays Center in mid May.