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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Talk Eazy-E Hologram at Rock the Bells

"It's important to understand where real hip hop really started," the Cleveland rap group says of virtual reincarnations of rap's late greats

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Rock the Bells set went down in hip hop history after the Cleveland collective resurrected Eazy-E via hologram, a la Tupac at 2012's Coachella. Fuse talked to the classic hip hop group about how it happened and their thoughts on the new hologram craze.

"It's something that we wanted to do, but really didn't know where the technology was at until we saw Tupac at Coachella last year," the group explained backstage at Rock the Bells in Los Angeles. "Rock the Bells [2012] was coming up a couple months after that. We thought, 'We need to do this!' 

"We went to [Rock the Bells tour sponsor] Guerilla Union and [Guerilla Union head] Chang Weisberg and begged 'Can we do it?' He said we couldn't do it last year, but I guess [Weisberg] studied up on the technology. Two years later, he were are."

The group adds that holograms are important if only for the purposes of introducing rap greats to the generation of fans too young to have caught them the first time around. "It's very important to understand where real hip hop really started," the group says. "Who was what, when and why. It's very important to give it to a new audience that might not know Eazy-E or Biggie Smalls. A lot of them don't. It's going to be a blessing for hip hop."

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