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Rap Star Snoop Dogg Teams up With the Harlem Globetrotters in an NFT Sitcom

Rap Star Snoop Dogg Teams up With the Harlem Globetrotters in an NFT Sitcom

On October 20, the iconic rap star Snoop Dogg announced he’s participating in a non-fungible token (NFT) sitcom with the popular basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters. According to the announcement, the NFT drop is part of a campaign featuring a limited edition Snoop Dogg and Globetrotters NFT collection.

NFT Whale Snoop Dogg Partners With the Harlem Globetrotters

It’s well known that the musician and American rapper Snoop Dogg is a fan of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible token (NFT) assets. In recent times, the crypto community discovered that Snoop was a crypto whale with a large collection of NFTs in his portfolio.

This was after the hip-hop star said bitcoin was “here to stay” and lauded the innovations behind non-fungible token technology. Snoop also partnered with Crypto.com when it launched its NFT marketplace and recently the rapper partnered with the NFT blockchain virtual world The Sandbox.

On Wednesday evening (EDT), the rapper revealed that he partnered with the iconic Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball innovators who popularized concepts like the jump shot, slam dunk, and the team’s players also invented the half-court hook shot. The American exhibition basketball team originated from the South Side of Chicago in 1926.

A number of famous players who later joined the NBA were members of the Globetrotters such as Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins. The NFT release with Snoop and the Globetrotters will be a limited edition NFT sitcom featuring the team and the rapper. The NFT will be available exclusively through the web portal the vast.app.

“Marking the NFT drop as part of the Globetrotters’ New Tech, New Trainer, New Tour campaign, the NFT sitcom, “Da Dogg Gone Gym” features a 1970’s era Snoop Dogg as a Globetrotter trainer along with Bay Area dancer and viral sensation Junebug,” the announcement notes. The sitcom NFT description also states:

Complete with canned applause and laugh tracks, the sitcom serves up the same lighthearted appeal and basketball cred that define both the Harlem Globetrotters and Snoop Dogg.

Globetrotter Players Say It’s a Dream Come True to Work With the Iconic Hip-Hop Legend

Sunni Hickman, the Globetrotters’ VP of marketing and sales detailed that it’s been a “dream come true for our Globetrotter players to work with the iconic Snoop Dogg.” Hickman added, “[Snoop’s] passion for basketball and baller culture is second to none; to have him as part of our team has been super dope.”

According to the announcement, Snoop’s collaboration with the Globetrotters was sparked by the gaming and promotional network behind the vast.app, Amusement Park Entertainment, and creative strategy firm Brand Positioning Doctors. In the midst of the NFT drop, the Harlem Globetrotters are openly pursuing an NBA franchise.

What do you think about Snoop partnering with the Harlem Globetrotters in an NFT sitcom? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

How Thai Crypto Unicorn Bitkub Plans to Become the Coinbase of Asia

Thailand startup Bitkub Capital Group Holdings, founded in 2018, hit unicorn status last month notching up a valuation of over $1 billion. Now the crypto exchange intends to expand over Malaysia, the Philippines, and Laos, aiming to become “the Coinbase of Southeast Asia”, said the chief executive officer Jirayut Srupsrisopa. The Bangkok-based crypto exchange is::Listen

Thailand startup Bitkub Capital Group Holdings, founded in 2018, hit unicorn status last month notching up a valuation of over $1 billion. Now the crypto exchange intends to expand over Malaysia, the Philippines, and Laos, aiming to become “the Coinbase of Southeast Asia”, said the chief executive officer Jirayut Srupsrisopa.

The Bangkok-based crypto exchange is aiming for huge growth during 2022 as it looks for the possibilities for partnership in Southeast Asia and setting up its own units, Bloomberg reported. Part of the strategy focuses on monopolizing in countries that lack bigger players, which opens the doors to dominate the field.

Our strategy is to expand in countries that have no clear winners yet and are under-banked, with high social media usage and the potential to use cryptocurrency for remittances, … The expansion will be achieved either through new ventures or acquisitions. The goal is to become the Coinbase of Southeast Asia.

The American company Coinbase Global Inc. is a crypto assets marketplace, and its technology provides a way to build crypto-based applications, among other services. It says on the Coinbase website that they roughly have “73 million verified users, 10,000 institutions, and 185,000 ecosystem partners in over 100 countries trust Coinbase to easily and securely invest, spend, save, earn, and use crypto.”

Related Reading | Coinbase Will Invest 10% Of Its Profits In Crypto Going Forward

The Crypto Unicorn Climbs Up

Last month, Bitkub saw a 24-hour turnover after Siam Commercial Bank Plc bought a 51% stake of the startup for 17.85 billion baht (over $528,8 million), which valued Thailand’s largest crypto exchange at 35 billion baht ($1 billion).

This set Bitkub at the 79th spot within 300 international exchanges worldwide ranked by CoinMarketCap. Its native digital coin almost tripled in value following the purchase announcement.

Jirayut Srupsrisopa claimed back then that “Bitkub is no longer just a startup and is now becoming a necessary part of the infrastructure critical for Thailand’s financial industry.” Now, he plans to climb on top of that thought.

Related Reading | Bitcoin Payments Card Are Coming To Asia Pacific, Courtesy Of Mastercard

Although Southeast Asia’s unamicable policies on crypto-assets might represent an obstacle for crypto startups to reach such ambitious goals, Jirayut expects a brighter future in which policymakers and regulators recognize the general embracing of crypto and finally back them, “they can’t avoid it forever” he said.

We have kept on going despite calls from the anti-money laundering agency and the central bank, … Regulations have always followed innovation. The majority of people would have given up because of these regulations. We’re crazy enough to keep going.

Earlier, Bitkub also became one of three Asian platforms to partner with Mastercard to offer crypto credit, debit, and prepaid cards for users and businesses based in the Asia Pacific. This partnership allows users to convert Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into fiat money to make purchases, giving them the “choice and flexibility in how they pay”, said Mastercard’s executive vice president Rama Sridhar.

Jirayut also shared Bitkub’s expectation for a 1,350% growth in revenue in 2021, reaching around 5 billion baht ($148 million).

Crypto total market cap at $2,5 trillion in the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com

Rap Star Snoop Dogg Teams up With the Harlem Globetrotters in an NFT Sitcom

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