Cryptocurrency received a pop culture boost soon as rapper Eminem included a Bitcoin reference using a track in their new album, Forbes reports. The newest album, “Kamikaze”, premiered on August 31.
In the eighth track about the album, titled, “Not Alike”, showcasing Royce Da 5’9′, Royce shouts, “Remember everybody which is used to bite Nickel, now everybody doing bitcoin.”
Forbes suggests that the Bitcoin reference is definitely indicator that “Bitcoin is slowly penetrating different variety of society.”
The line is also a refreshingly positive sentiment towards Bitcoin, which in mainstream society is oftentimes considered to have limited use case over and above criminal activity.
“The mention on Eminem’s album is significant however considering that it suggests no get rich quick scheme nor a method to sell illicit goods online, instead something that ‘everybody [is] doing’ – that it’s as fashionable as knowing you bite the metal coin to try its quality,” wrote Forbes.
While unlikely to spur next bull run, “Not Alike” represents among the first times cryptocurrency has long been referenced at a mainstream rap song. The inescapable allure of visible wealth together with crypto’s wild west image strikes a lot of the same chords commonly touched upon in rap culture. Undoubtedly many crypto traders and rap enthusiasts alike share the everyday values of ‘hustling’ and ‘making money’.
Indeed, there was clearly some notable installments of these two worlds colliding during year. In January, rapper Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, made mainstream headlines when he had claimed of having?made millions from owning Bitcoin. 50 Cent has since filed for bankruptcy and admitted to being puzzled by how much crypto he owned.
In June, rapper and singer Akon, who’s credited with twelve Billboard Top Hits, including “Smack That”,?announced the launch of their own African “Akon Crypto City” cryptocurrency. The ‘Akoin’ got its start in partnership with Cannes Lions and is part of a higher humanitarian effort to further help the continent. Akon also expressed fascination with running on your US presidency in 2020 and has now mentioned that she would like to debate both Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West.
Finally, Yahoo Finance?reported?trapped on tape that the son of Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard is launching a cryptocurrency this year to assist support his future music projects.