A Biggie Smalls hologram may jam at concert

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The rapper's widow says the hologram is in development

Biggie's friend Sean Combs is staging a Bad Boy Records reunion show

CNN  — 

The late rapper Biggie Smalls may get one more chance.

Smalls, who was born Christopher Wallace and also known as the Notorious B.I.G., was killed in a still-unsolved shooting in 1997, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fans have to miss him performing.

The rapper’s widow, singer Faith Evans, recently told the Dame Dash Radio Show, “We actually are in development with a hologram, but I don’t necessarily know to what extent I’m gonna perform with it. But I want to debut it in the first video for the album and maybe use it a little bit performing live.”

That could be timely: Bad Boy Records founder Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs says he will reunite some of the label’s artists for a concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena on May 20, which would have been the late rapper’s 44th birthday.

A representative for Hologram USA, which has produced other holograms of dead celebrities including rapper Tupac Shakur and singer Whitney Houston, told Entertainment Weekly that the company “has been in talks with representatives of Biggie Smalls, but we’re unable to announce plans at this time.”

On the subject of creating performing holograms of the dearly departed, fans have been alternately thrilled and creeped out. Social media had a similar debate over a potential Biggie Smalls hologram.

Tickets for the Bad Boy reunion show go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. Performers reportedly include Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, the Lox, Total and 112, with appearances from Jay Z and Mary J. Blige.