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Eazy-E back from the dead at Rock The Bells

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Sep 08, 2013 | 3:29pm EDT

Rap legend Eazy-E made a return to the stage from beyond the grave on Saturday (07Sep13) - as a hologram. The late N.W.A. star appeared during Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's set at the Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino, California. Eazy-E's digital reincarnation, on what would have been his 50th birthday, initially freaked fans out as the 'ghost' of the rap star simply appeared before them, stating, "What's up L.A.?" before launching into Boyz In the Hood and Straight Out of Compton as his rap peers looked on. The avatar disappeared after asking, "How y'all feeling out there?" and "What up hot dogs?" and then launching into Bone Thugz-N-Harmony's Foe Tha Love of Money. The eerie Eazy-E spent a total of three minutes onstage alongside the rapper's proteges and former N.W.A bandmate DJ Yella. The rap collective ran through their set with the hologram on Friday and Wish Bone told Rolling Stone it was strange to be onstage with Eazy-E, who died almost two decades ago: "It was kind of really crazy in rehearsals because I couldn’t really focus that much looking back at Eazy-E. It ain’t no flat on the wall screen, it was for real, it was real freaky." TDE collective Black Hippy, featuring Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock co-headlined the first night of the Rock the Bells event with Kid Cudi. Wu-Tang Clan headlines the second day on Sunday night (08Sep13) and they're expected to bring out another hologram - late bandmate Ol' Dirty Bastard.

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