The son of hip-hop icon Eazy-E has given his blessing to a planned hologram of his father, which will be part of America's touring Rock the Bells festival, insisting it's the perfect way to celebrate what would have been the rapper's 50th birthday.

Promoters recently announced the annual event will feature a virtual performance from the late N.W.A. icon, with his proteges Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and the legend's son, fellow rapper Lil Eazy, can't wait to witness his dad's 'live' return when the tour kicks off in San Bernardino, California on 7 September (13) - the anniversary of Eazy-E's birth.

Lil Eazy tells, "(The hologram will be the) dopest (best) 50th birthday present ever. I am happy my father gets to get honoured... it's exciting."

Eazy-E lost his battle with Aids in 1995.

Lil Eazy's approval will be warmly welcomed by Rock the Bells bosses - plans to bring Ol' Dirty Bastard back to life as a hologram to join his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates onstage at the upcoming festival have hit a stumbling block due to objections from the rapper's widow. She recently filed a cease and desist order against event executives to ensure her husband, who died in 2004, would not be included in the highly-anticipated digital performance.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg sparked the new interest in bringing rappers back from the dead for virtual stage performances when they stunned Coachella festival fans in California last year (12) by beaming slain Tupac Shakur on to the stage during their collaborative set.