Notorious BIG VR Meta Concert with ‘Hyperrealistic’ Rapper Late

The Notorious BIG, 25 years after his death, will be resurrected as a “true-to-life, hyper-realistic” avatar in a virtual-reality concert coming exclusively to VR and Facebook Meta platforms.

Produced in collaboration with the Notorious BIG Estate, Biggie’s avatar will be performing classics from his catalog and his legendary fans on a VR experience in Meta Horizon Worlds in a virtual recreation of ’90s Brooklyn called “The Brook.” The Notorious BIG, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was murdered in 1997 at the age of 24.

The VR Meta concert is being billed as a celebration of Biggie’s 50th birthday. “The Notorious BIG Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience” will premiere on December 16th exclusively in the Centers section of Meta Horizon Worlds (and in Meta Quest TV) accessible with a Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest Pro virtual-reality headset . This link has the VR event page. If you don’t have a Quest VR device, you can watch the 2D version of the concert on Notorious BIG’s official Facebook page.

Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, said in a statement, “It’s hard for me to understand sometimes that I am able to create a variety of new opportunities to showcase my son Christopher’s music through the advancement of technology. However, I found so much excitement while developing his avatar, understanding the added value for fans to experience him in ways that cannot be achieved until now. Many thanks to everyone who helped bring this project to fruition.”

In the VR experience, viewers will follow a day in the life of Biggie through a narrative journey written and narrated by writer and music journalist Touré. There will be guest appearances by Sean “Diddy” Combs, The Lox, Latto, Nardo Wick and Lil’Cease, as well as a special set from DJ Clark Kent.

Mark Pitts, Biggie’s manager and president of RCA Records, said, “It’s great to create new material for BIG. The world has been given the opportunity to watch Biggie grow and develop as an artist. The amazing thing about Web3 is that it gives us the opportunity to celebrate his music with videos that Biggie never made.”

As for Meta, it’s the internet giant’s latest VR entertainment investment to try to realize CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the “metaverse” as the purported successor to today’s social networks. Other recent Meta-funded projects include “Eli Roth’s Haunted House: Trick-VR-Treat,” starring Vanessa Hudgens, and a VR experience in Horizon Worlds based on Jordan Peele’s “Nope.”

The concert is being produced by Gunpowder & Sky, whose CEO Van Toffler founded the production company after nearly three decades at MTV. Willingie founder Elliot Osagie led the development of Biggie’s avatar technology with VFX director Remington Scott, CEO of Hyperreal. They also received support from WME, which represents the Notorious BIG Estate, for the project.

“Biggie’s music has been streamed over 11 billion times worldwide and 6.5 billion in the US alone, but his untimely death meant there wasn’t enough content to support the massive demand for his music,” Osagie said. “This is why I came up with the idea and came up with the decision to create a digital avatar.”

Toffler said, “Biggie’s untimely death, like Kurt Cobain’s and Tupac’s, was a pivotal moment in my previous gig at MTV. So the opportunity to be a part of its rebirth in the virtual world — coupling the latest avatar and capture technologies with the best music and storytelling — is a dream come true. Biggie’s influence on music and culture will never have an expiration date.”

Watch the teaser for the Notorious BIG VR Meta concert:

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