The Morning After: Notorious BIG is the star of Meta’s “hyper-realistic” VR concert

The next big VR avatar appearance will be the late East Coast rap legend Notorious BIG. The show, which will air on Meta’s Horizon Worlds, will use a virtual recreation of 1990s Brooklyn as its backdrop and will feature guest artists such as Bad Boy Records founder Sean “Diddy” Combs. It will also feature a narrative journey of Biggie’s life by music journalist Touré.

Resurrecting an artist from the dead in avatar form is often met with a wave of criticism – and that was true this time too. Meta replied saying it received the blessing of the Notorious BIG Estate.

Tupac, the infamous longtime rival, starred in a hologram performance at Coachella a decade ago. We’ve also seen holograms of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. These have usually appeared at major award shows or standalone tours. However, Meta’s Horizon Worlds doesn’t quite have the same cachet. But fans of Notorious BIG will probably be intrigued.

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