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Behind the JPEG: Spottie Wifi
Spottie WiFi is leading the change of the music medium as we know it, tune in to hear from the first and only, Crypto Punk rapper!
From music mechanic to the first-ever Crypto Punk rapper alive. Spottie has taken unprecedented steps in the NFT space. With his first-ever NFT album drop on the 18th of August, he is preparing to send shockwaves across the community. But who is he and how did his journey start? Find out in this exclusive interview below.
Joining Twitter in 2009, Spottie has been silently crafting his trade, patiently waiting for an opening in the NFT space to eventually dropping his own mystery NFT album. Since his entry, he has debuted a number of Hip Hop singles including the most popular ‘I’m Spottie’ in addition to ‘Elite Ape’, a lyrical masterpiece that integrated the BAYC and notably, the renowned cheetah gang! Spottie has just released his genesis NFT drop which included 3 exclusive music videos on Rarible. Spottie is paving the way in the NFT scene, presenting the community with the opportunity to take power themselves. With this step, Spottie is illustrating his understanding of the scene, working to further the proximity between the brand and community themselves. For instance, owners of the music videos were granted a number of significant rewards including a non-exclusive copyright license, commercial usage rights to the audio and video, as well as a physical vinyl press of his upcoming album. With the ‘I’m Spottie’ music video selling for 2.2 ETH, he is already setting the standard for the NFT music scene on the Spottietorium!
Spottie has already achieved so much, presenting a real sense of promise for the future. From appearing on billboards in New York to mobile trucks, Spottie is succeeding in communicating his persona and vision to the community. Ranking number one on the Punk Hot 10 on three separate occasions, Spottie has proven his importance to the community. Spotties takeover is quickly emerging and with each new achievement, the community are beginning to understand his true potential, reinforced by his new, shiny diamond punk charts plaque! Furthermore, his music has been admired by some of the biggest names in the scene with his hit track Christie's selected as the ‘Punks Comic’ theme tune, a huge collaboration, and milestone for Spottie who is continuing to lead the NFT music scene.
Spottie Wifi is not just a Crypto Punk rapper, he is an avid collector with a Crypto Punk at the forefront of his identity. Despite remaining anonymous, many know spottie, by his spots. He dove right into the undervalued punk hoping to make a name for his avatar. Where many would find the depiction of spots ugly, Spottie took a contrasting view. He embarked on the mission to flip the perception of his Punk through music and he has done precisely that. His spots are now the focal point of his character, and he is continuing to impress the NFT scene.
With Spottie evolving the music medium, I am sure that the mainstream public will be hearing ‘I’m Spottie’ ringing through their ears very soon! Find out more about his background and plans for the future in this exclusive interview below!
Who is Spottie WiFi and where does the name originate?
Spottie is the best (only) CryptoPunk rapper alive. I was born in the metaverse, but I travel back and forth to the meatverse to bless the people with my music from time to time. I got my name because before I started doing music full-time I was a cable repair guy. As I rapped in my debut single, "For that payday I'll reset your router, unplug the modem / now they on my scrotum / they don't care I'm ugly, I already told 'em! I'm Spottie!"
When was you first introduced to the NFT scene and was music always your end goal?
I was introduced to NFTs by TopShot in January 2021, and then in February I bought CryptoPunk #5528. At that time I had no idea I would become the world's best (only) CryptoPunk rapper. I started to see other popular CryptoPunks like GMoney and Artchick creating anonymous identities with Punks as their avatar, and that helped inspire me to take it a step further by creating a character that is a rapper and has a full backstory.
What music influenced you growing up and how has your taste changed over time?
I've loved hip hop since I was young and my introduction to the genre was Jay Z's Hard Knock Live Vol. 2. I still love and listen to 90s and early 2000s hip hop more than anything, and Nas is my favorite artist of all time.
Your album is dropping on the 18th August, what should we expect and do you have more plans for music videos and production in the future?
My NFT album drop is the first of its kind. It is a mystery mint NFT drop, so you won't know which song you mint as a NFT until after you mint, but no matter what you will receive a physical vinyl pressing of the album later this year if you're holding any of my NFTs. You might mint one of the seven songs from the album, or you might mint one of 24 super rare remixes (including some 1 of 1s). No matter what you'll receive commercial rights to the song you mint, and you'll have voting rights to help me make career decisions in the coming weeks, months and years. I'll be asking my token holders to vote on questions like who I should collaborate with, what my music should sound like, what I should rap about and where I should perform. Here's an explainer video that goes into more detail:
I actually released three music videos recently, and they were my first three NFTs that I sold as 1 of 1 auctions. It was a great experience and I got to work with some incredible animators so I definitely want to create more videos soon. You can check out the three videos we already made here: https://opensea.io/collection/spottiewifi
You are changing the status quo with your album, putting the control in the hands of those that mint whereby they get commercial rights and the opprotunity to influence your career decisions- was this the aim to diverge from the mainstream major labels way of conduct?
Yeah definitely, NFTs are going to revolutionize the music business and this is just a step toward that. I was also inspired by the Bored Ape Yacht Club which gives its members/collectors commercial rights to their apes. It basically makes all of their collectors franchisees and brand ambassadors, which I think is a really cool concept for recording artists to embrace.
Can you tell us more about the genre of music that you will be illustrating in your tracks?
I'm hip hop at heart, but I also love to experiment, so you will hear me bending genres occasionally. For example, the album includes an 8-Bit remix and an Emo remix of my song "I'm Spottie." It's fun to step out of my comfort zone and try new sounds and styles, so I definitely want to do more of that - especially if my fans and the tokenholders that get to vote on my career decisions want to hear more of that sort of thing.
Will the 31 singles differ dependent on their rarity?
Yes, the 31 tracks are distributed with differing rarity as 2000 NFTs for the mystery mint on August 28
How did you acquire your CryptoPunk and what was your story?
I bought my CryptoPunk in February after my friend @CryptoNovo311 introduced me to the world of CryptoPunks. I saw that spotted Punks were undervalued despite being very rare, so that's why I bought #5528. A lot of people don't like the spots because they think they're ugly, but I realized that through music I could develop that perceived negative into a positive.
What is next for Spottie in the crypto and NFT space?
What's next for me is hopefully a successful album launch and then I'll be 100% focused on building my community of fans and bringin value to my tokenholders through music, content, merch and partnerships. It's going to be fun!
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