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In case your wondering who’s the man behind 2Pac’s resurrection, MTV got you covered! Meet Nick Smith of AV Concepts, they interviewed him and here’s what he had to say:

“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life. You can take their likenesses and voice and … take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it.

The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off.I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,”

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Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Taylor gives us a glimpse into some of the recent studio sessions between Common, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi The Prince and Hit Boy. Check out the new photos of G.O.O.D. music chopping it up with each other as they work on the upcoming compilation album.

Did French Montana Snub Kanye?

 |  January 25, 2012
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Damn! Besides French touching on other subjects the one that stood out was the real reason why he didn’t sign with Kanye. It being the fact that Kanye doesn’t own a phone but communicating via email and French not really adopting to emails. Seesh! I have to agree with French and say “I feel like if I had went there we would definitely have made history….”

Swizz Beatz Behind Megaupload?

 |  January 18, 2012
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Damn! According to the NY Post he’s that guy.

A Mega rep told us: “We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down . . . [we have] legally binding agreements with the performers that appear in the video . . . They promised that they had the rights to enter into that agreement and it’s not interfering with any third-party rights.

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