The legendary Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G., will appear as a “hyperrealistic” avatar in a virtual reality concert hosted by Meta’s VR and Facebook platforms.
In collaboration with the Biggie Smalls estate, a digital recreation of the late rapper will perform several of his classic hip-hop records across his albums, Ready to Die and Life After Death. Hosted in Meta Horizon Worlds’ “The Brook,” the VR experience will also take viewers on a guided tour of his childhood neighborhood.
The Brooklyn rapper was tragically killed in 1997 at just 24 years old. Although this experience could reopen a deep wound for his mother, Volette Wallace, she’s made it clear that she’s entirely on board with the concert.
“Having the ability to create a variance of new opportunity to showcase my son Christopher’s music through the advancement of technology is hard for me to grasp at times,” Wallace said. “However, I’ve found so much excitement in the process of developing his avatar and understanding the value added for fans to experience him in ways unattainable until now. Thank you to all who have contributed to bringing this project to fruition.”
Audiences will follow a day in Biggie’s shoes through a narrative voiced by writer and music journalist Touré. The concert will also feature guest performances by his best friend Diddy and The Lox, Latto, Nardo Wick, and Lil’ Cease.
The concert is said to be a celebration of what would’ve been Biggie’s 50th birthday year.
“The Notorious BIG Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience” will premiere on Dec. 16 exclusively in the Venues section of Meta Horizon Worlds — accessible with a Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest Pro virtual-reality headset.