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Russell Simmons Says Snoop Dogg’s NFT Collection Is About ‘Respect’

Chuck D, Doug E Fresh, and other hip hop superstars will be featured in a collection of NFTs curated by the music mogul.

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Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records and a hip hop pioneer, has joined the NFT because “respect for the original fathers of hip hop needs a reboot,” he adds.

Masterminds of Hip Hop, a new NFT collection selected by Simmons and Snoop Dogg, was initially announced in August during a launch event in New York City. Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Doug E Fresh, MC Sha-Rock, Grandmaster Caz, Eddie Cheeba, and other hip hop superstars are featured on the digital trading cards, including animated imagery and audio snippets.

“The NFTs are museum-quality and will appreciate in value,” Simmons adds, “but these artists’ tales are priceless.”

On Tuesday night, Tawana Rivers of The 10K Project and Talisha Shine of Black Blockchain Consultants sponsored a live Zoom with Simmons. Sharon Green, nicknamed MC Sha-Rock, the first female emcee featured in the collection, and Hassan Miah, CEO of Paybby, joined Simmons, Rivers, and Shine in the debate. The NFT collection will be available on October 10th, thanks to a collaboration between Simmons, Paybby, and Tokau, an NFT marketplace.

When a Z0om viewer brought up the hefty Ethereum gas fees connected with NFTs, Miah pointed out that the Masterminds of Hip Hop NFTs are Binance Smart Chain BSC-20 tokens. Instead of buying and exchanging cryptocurrency, fans can purchase the Masters of Hip Hop NFTs on the Paybby website with a credit or debit card, a strategy that helped NBA Top Shot gain mainstream collectors.

The NFTs, according to Simmons, is a mechanism to secure money and credit for artists who, he believes, did not receive the recognition or compensation they deserved at the time. In addition to the NFTs, he wants to write a book and create a documentary series.

Snoop Dogg uses the same term to characterize the collection as Simmons does: respect. In a video clip Simmons released on September 30, Snoop remarked, “The reason I’m involved is because I want to show respect to the foundation, to the founders. This is for all of the creators and originators.”

With Snoop on board, the collection is sure to attract some extra attention in the crypto realm. Last month, Snoop, who exposed himself as Cozomo de Medici, an NFT whale with a $17 million collection, has quickly established himself as a significant figure in the NFT art world.

“It’s not simply to digitize it for posterity,” adds Shine of Black Blockchain Consultants, “it’s to use it as a commodity and leverage it with relation to information collection.”

Shine said that NFTs are a living, breathing thing and that thanks to them, she can now engage (digitally) in events she remembers from her childhood.

Rivers of the 10K Project says, “When I think of artists now, I appreciate that they now have something to tap into, to grasp the history of hip hop. It has a rich culture and a unique life force of its own. We need to get these stories recorded as soon as possible, while these artists are still alive to tell their stories.”

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NFTs for Good Causes will be Showcased at a Hong Kong Event

The usage of digital tokens to advance UN sustainability goals is demonstrated at an NFT art exhibition.

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Christie’s auction house sold a non-fungible token (NFT) image of a green-faced pixel avatar known as ‘Cryptopunk 9997’ for roughly US$4.3 million. Investors and collectors are currently interested in all types of NFTs, whether a simple pixel avatar or a finely crafted digital work of art.

NFTs are proven to be successful digital assets in various areas, including gaming, entertainment, and real estate. But, on the other hand, some people are starting NFTS to support issues like the environment and local communities.

By displaying NFTs for good, a new NFT exhibition in Hong Kong hopes to pioneer that positive spirit. The ImpactNFT Exhibition, which opens this Friday, will allow collectors and NFT aficionados to view and purchase digital artworks based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action, equal access to education, and gender equality.

Genesis Drop is one of the NFT artworks from Project Ark that will be on display during the show, and Romanian culture’s hand-painted eggs inspire it. In addition, project Ark, a carbon-neutral NFT marketplace, donates half of all earnings from Genesis Drop to the WWF in Romania, which is working to return the endangered European Bison back into the wild.

“By creating a win-win for artists, charities, and our partners, we want to show Hong Kong and the rest of the globe the power of NFTs for social and environmental impact,” said Roy Weissbach, Project Ark’s business development advisor.

NFTs from Earth.Org and the charitable art organization Sovereign Art Foundation will be on display, as will artwork by VintageMozart in support of the Nashulai Maasai Conservancy in East Africa NFTs minted for charity by eight Mexican artists.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP), based in Hong Kong, will also highlight its upcoming NFT auction in support of Operation Santa Claus (OSC), including new works by Hong Kong’s iconic visual and performance artist Frog King. SCMP and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) run Operation Santa Claus every year to raise funds for a local charity.

Aside from displaying NFT artworks, anti-wildlife trafficking organization Break The Chain will host an augmented reality (AR) demonstration produced by gaming and entertainment metaverse portal The Nemesis.

In support of the ImpactNFT exhibition, RioDeFi’s chief marketing officer Stephane Villedieu said,

“The world already knows that blockchain technology provides a decentralized infrastructure for a more transparent, safe, and efficient financial system.”

ImpactNFT Alliance, in collaboration with Project Ark and Sovereign Art Foundation, will curate the exhibition, which will run from October 15 to 24, at the Soho House Hong Kong. Online viewers can watch the show at OpenSea.io, Project-Ark.co, and ImpactNFT.org.

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Shiba Inu Announces an NFT Sale

The $SHIB coin’s developers have announced the launch of a non-fungible token (NFT) sale.

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Shiba Inu announced the launch of an NFT collection called “Shiboshis” in a recent Medium post. The subject of the NFT collection will be similar to that of the SHIB coin, highlighting the coin’s tongue-in-cheek nature.

According to the article, 10,000 Shiboshis will be created for the debut, which will happen this week. Users will acquire NFTs using $LEASH for the first 24-hours, then with a mix of $ETH and $LEASH after that.

According to the post, the first purchase will be made through the ShiboshiSwap website, customized to sell Shiboshis. After that, users will be able to transfer and exchange their NFTs on secondary markets like OpenSea.

The NFT collection will first be sold in tiers, with prices doubling when the first 3,000 Shiboshis are sold.

According to the report,

“Shiboshi costs are based on tiered pricing. The first 3,000 Shiboshis will cost 0.1 Eth (BUT must be purchased in Leash for the first 24 hours). Shout out to XFund once again providing an incredible Oracle to help with this calculation. The next 5,000 Shiboshis will cost 0.2 Eth (in Leash for 24hrs) and the final 2000 Shiboshis will cost 0.3 Eth (in Leash for the first 24hrs).We don’t expect that floor to last for long.”

According to the post, users will be able to rename their Shiboshis with $SHIB, with the spent funds resulting in a coin burn.

The report continues,

“Initially [Shiboshis] just have generic names like 00001, but you can name it Flytoshi Kahn or whatever you like for an additional fee of $100 paid in Shib. Whenever the name is changed, these funds are burnt to the Shib burn wallet. If everyone names their Shiboshis that will be a $1 MILLION dollar burn.”

Shiboshis will eventually be converted to characters in the Shiboshi game, allowing users to deploy their NFTs in strategic gameplay, with each having the potential for unique qualities, according to the blog post.

The Shiba Inu team posted a video yesterday explaining how individuals can purchase $LEASH tokens:

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On Avalanche, the Artist who Painted the Kanye West Mural in Chicago will Offer it as an NFT

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On the Avalanche blockchain, artist Jason Peterson is selling a mural of American rapper Kanye West that he recently painted in Chicago as an NFT.

The NFT will be sold on a new marketplace called YeahProbablyNothing.com, created by Peterson, Kalao, an NFT startup, and Ava Labs, the Avalanche development team.

The NFT auction will begin on October 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and end on October 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The artwork will be linked to the NFT’s owner via a QR code on the actual mural. The NFT’s ownership will be available on the Avalanche blockchain at all times, and if it changes hands, the information associated with the QR code will be updated as well.

Peterson’s first NFT piece is a mural of Kanye West. The artist, who has a million Instagram followers, promises to release more NFTs containing his best pictures.

In a statement, Peterson said,

“Contemporary artists are continuously finding new methods to question the status quo of art and its medium. NFTs introduced an inventive, new medium to the art world, allowing artists to have complete control over the distribution of their work while also allowing them to experiment with new ideas.”

While Ethereum is the foundation for most NFTs today, other blockchains such as Solana, Tezos, and Avalanche appear to be gaining traction in the NFT field. For example, American rapper Doja Cat just debuted her first NFT collection on the Tezos-based OneOf platform. In addition, the Solana blockchain had its first million-dollar NFT sale last month.

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