By 1996, tension between various hip hop artists had reached a new peak. At the center of the controversy was none other than Tupac Shakur. Earlier in the year, Tupac Shakur had signed with the infamous Death Row Records, immediately becoming the mouthpiece for the label. After working alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and others, Tupac Shakur was soon at odds with them because of their reluctance to take on the feud with East Coast hip hop artists.
In September 1996, the hip hop world was devastated when Tupac Shakur was shot in Las Vegas and they were heartbroken when he died from the wounds a week later. However, it was not long before many began to question if Tupac Shakur was really dead. For sixteen years, there have been several theories about Tupac Shakur being alive, and his location, if alive. While he died before he could make amends with many artists, there is no question he would have mended some fences.
Due to his legacy, previous relationships, and his untimely death, those he dissed in the final days of his life hold no ill will against him. Dr. Dre has continued to praise Tupac Shakur and he even did the impossible during his performance at Coachella 2012. There were rumors of Dr. Dre bringing Nate Dogg out to perform at Coachella 2012, surprsing many because he died a year ago. It was soon explained Dr. Dre would use holigrams to make it appear as if Nate Dogg were performing. Kendrick Lamar discussed this and said Dr. Dre had something bigger planned.
Kendrick Lamar, without a doubt, was speaking on bringing Tupac Shakur back to life, via holigram. Last night, during his Coachella 2012 set, Dr. Dre was joined on stage by a number of his most-famous proteges, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent. On stage, they were joined by none other than Tupac Shakur.
Watch Dr. Dre’s Coachella 2012 set, including Tupac Shakur’s performance below: