The Notorious B.I.G. will be revived as an “true-to-life, hyperrealistic” avatar in a virtual reality performance to mark the anniversary that marks his 25th birthday.
“The Notorious B.I.G. Sky’s The Limit The VR concert experience” can stream exclusively on Meta’s VR and Facebook platforms. streaming only through Meta’s Facebook and VR platforms from the 16th of December and will be streamed in conjunction together with the Notorious B.I.G. Estate.
Its VR experience will also include narration of a day in daily life of the Brooklyn legend prior to the performance and viewers will be able observe Biggie Small’s beginnings in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It will feature appearances by Diddy, The Lox, Nardo Wick and Lil’ Cease as well being a DJ set by Clark Kent. Clark Kent.
“Having the ability to create a variance of new opportunity to showcase my son Christopher’s music through the advancement of technology is hard for me to grasp at times,” Voletta Wallace, Biggies mother, said in an interview. “However I’ve had an immense amount of excitement during the process of creating his avatar, as I’ve come to realize the value that comes from allowing the fans to be able to experience his music in ways that were not possible up to now. Thank you to everyone who contributed to bring this idea to life.”
Mark Pitts, Biggie’s manager and president of RCA Records, added, “It’s amazing to come up with fresh content with B.I.G. The world was deprived of the opportunity to witness Biggie expand and develop in his career as an artist. The beauty of Web3 can be that it offers us the chance to celebrate the music of Biggie with images that Biggie did not get to create.”
It’s not the first time Biggie has made an appearance in digital format. In the summer of 2016, an extremely real-looking image of the Notorious B.I.G. debuted at Brooklyn Chop House to celebrate the rapper’s 50th birthday. New York City also made a tribute to Biggie by lighting the Empire State Building in red and white, with an eagle spinning around its mast in celebration of the legend’s multi-platinum debut album The Notorious B.I.G. is Ready To die.
Bedford-Stuyvesant was also a part of the festivities as did the MTA released special edition MetroCards for the three subway terminals closest to his home. The Brooklyn’s Barclays Center also conducted a huge broadcast over their entrance. It featured an assortment of Biggie’s most influential records. The Lincoln Center hosted an orchestral tribute to Biggie and was which was followed by an announcement of special edition of his Grammy-nominated diamond-certified sophomore album Life After Death.
It’s not the first time that rap music has played around with holographic projections. During 2012’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Dr. Dre carried the hologram of 2Pac Shakur and performed an entire performance and wowed the crowd. It was so authentic that it featured the legend’s signature tattoos.
In 2013, a digital image of Eazy-E’s late ex-wife was seen on the stage during Rock The Bells during a show performed with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and a posthumous ODB Hologram “performed” with his Wu-Tang Clan brothers during the same concert.