Just about a year after Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (do I really have to call him Snoop Lion?!) brought back 2pac for a performance at Coachella, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony did the same with former mentor Eazy-E.
The Godfather of Gangasta Rap, as he called himself, of course passed away in 1995 due to complications from AIDS, though, some have questioned that considering his improving health at the time.
However, that’s an entirely different argument and one we’ll leave for another day as Eazy’s ‘return’ was meant for a feel good moment, not a revision of history.
Hoping to spice up the annual Rock The Bells concert, held in San Bernardino, California, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony brought out the former N.W.A. member and rocked the place, much to the shock of the crowd in attendance.
Even members of Bone Thugs were a bit perplexed with it all:
The night before the performance, Bone Thugs rehearsed with the avatar and Wish Bone admitted it was strange. “It was kind of really crazy in rehearsals because I couldn’t really focus that much looking back at Eazy-E,” he told Rolling Stone, laughing. “Man, it was crazy. It ain’t no flat on the wall screen, it was for real, it was real freaky.”
Former friend DJ Yella got the crowd hyped up before the digital image of E appeared on stage, where he (or it?) went through a handful of songs which included ‘Boyz in the Hood’ and Bone Thug’s ‘For the Love of Money’.
And if you’re wondering why he appeared to be a little chunky, apparently his son (who’s relatively hefty) did the motion cap for the event.
It wasn’t on the same level as the 2pac performance, but still pretty cool, especially considering that it took place on what would have been his 50th birthday.