As the phenomenon of cryptocurrency takes its course into the music industry, hip-hop culture has been hit on the scale of its most influential figures. Hip-hop figures in the likes of Nas, The Game, and members of the iconic classic hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan tend to own clever minds about the evolution of technology, on the tip of digital currency and did not waste any time to chime in. Just last year, Ghostface Killah cofounded cryptocurrency company Cream Capital, capping a $30 million initial coin offering. Now, the Ol’ Dirty Bastard Estate will be launching their own cryptocurrency company, Dirty Coin.
The Ol’ Dirty Bastard estate has teamed up with marketing and business development firm Link Media to develop the Dirty Coin, a blockchain-planted cryptocurrency. The main objective of Dirty Coin will be to assist with funding the future music projects to come out of the estate, alongside being another option for ODB fans to receive exclusive merchandise and music from the beloved rapper. Ultimately, Dirty Coin will also help fund the debut album of ODB’s son Young Dirty Bastard, who sees the crypto venue as a way to keep his father’s legacy fresh and alive.
“Bitcoin is the future of money and all the fans want a part of the future of Ol’ Dirty Bastard,” says YDB in a recent statement. “In the past, dad’s music was ahead of its time, so it makes sense that he would be ahead of the technology of money now.”
Young Dirty’s album is still a work in progress but is sanctioned for release this fall. The untitled album will also prompt YDB to go on a nationwide tour with Digital Underground.