Without question, Dr. Dre and Snoop delivered the most star-studded set of the weekend complete with a holographic Tupac Shakur. What seemed like an endless line of celebrities lined the exit rows and center mix position. Rihanna, perched on the shoulders of a security guard, bounced to the beat while smoking something presumed to be hand-crafted. Later on in the set, a long-haired Katy Perry joined her on the shoulders of another security guard. Lindsay Lohan, Fergie, Xzibit, Usher and DJ Skeet Skeet and David Hasselhoff were also in the mix.
On stage, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were joined by Tony Yayo, Kurupt for “P.I.M.P” and “In Da Club (It’s Your Birthday)” with 50 Cent, “Young, Wild, and Free” with Wiz Khalifa, “I Need A Doctor” and “Forgot About Dre” with Eminem and a new song with Dr. Dre’s new protege Kendrick Lamar.
Dre. and Snoop went through a geographical roll call asking the audience where they were from, starting with East Coast cities, ending with Los Angeles which set them up for the introduction of “California Love.”
After the side screens displayed vintage footage of Frank Sinatra singing “Good-Bye,” the lights went out, a cityscape shown on the screen behind the stage, and a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur rose from the floor. The lifelike hologram was allegedly created by Digital Domain in Venice, CA. Within minutes of his appearance someone had already created a Twitter account from hologram version of Tupac. There were rumors that a Nate Dogg hologram would also appear, but instead there was a video montage of the deceased singer’s hits.