Meta announces exclusive Notorious BIG VR concert

Concert to feature true-to-life avatar

Willingie and Gunpowder & Sky have announced that, together with Meta and The Notorious BIG Estate, they will bring Biggie’s 50th birthday year celebration to culmination with The Notorious BIG Sky’s The Limit: A VR Concert Experience. On December 16th, one of the world’s most influential rappers and cultural icons of all time is returning to the stage, in true-to-life hyper-realistic avatar form. The Notorious BIG will lead fans on a VR experience in Meta Horizon Worlds to celebrate his life and legacy within a virtual recreation of 90’s Brooklyn called The Brook. Audiences follow a day in Biggie’s life through a narrative journey written and voiced by American writer and music journalist Touré. The concert will feature performances of classics from Biggie’s beloved catalog, guest performances by Sean “Diddy” Combs, The Lox, Latto, Nardo Wick, Lil’ Cease, a special set from DJ Clark Kent, and more. The concert will premiere exclusively in Venues in Meta Horizon Worlds (and Meta Quest TV) accessible with a Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro, and those without the VR headset can view the 2D version of the concert on the official Notorious BIG Facebook page.

“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, however, I’ve found so much excitement in the process of developing his avatar, understanding the value added for fans to experience him in ways unattainable until now,” the rapper’s mother, Voletta Wallace, shares. “Thank you to all who have contributed to bringing this project to fruition.”

“Biggie’s music has been streamed over 11 billion times worldwide and 6.5 billion in the US alone, but because of his untimely death there just wasn’t enough content to support the overwhelming demand for his music. This is why I originated the idea and came up with the decision to create a digital avatar,” states Elliot Osagie, founder of Willingie, who spearheaded the technology innovation development with VFX director Remington Scott, CEO of Hyperreal. Together with Gunpowder & Sky, the studio responsible for production of the concert, and William Morris Endeavor, who represents The Notorious BIG estate and has provided support throughout the development of the project, they are re-introducing Biggie to a new world of fans, technology and advancements in virtual Web3.

The event will start at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT via Horizon Worlds.

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