Latest reports hint that Kanye West, the American hip-hop music rapper, could soon enter the non-fungible token (NFT) universe and launch his own digital assets collectibles. The recent development appears several months after Kanye West mockingly criticized the functionality of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Earlier this year, Kanye West, one of the most influential American musicians, mentioned that he was committed to building products for the “real world” but urged his fans to stop asking him to do NFTs.
The celebrity rapper described NFTs as “worth nothing” before summarizing his statement with the hopeful phrase, “Ask me later.” However, his end statement hinted that he was still enthusiastic about digital assets.
Interestingly, Kanye West now seems to have softened his stance on NFTs, filing 17 new trademark applications around his “YEEZUS” nickname to launch new non-fungible tokens (NFTs) collections.
In a June 3 blog post, Josh Gerben, the Trademark attorney and Founder of Gerben Perrott, confirmed that West requested the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to approve his blockchain-based non-fungible assets,” “currencies, and tokens,” and “online retail store services,” featuring digital arts.
In the meantime, the filings have revealed the basic description of the upcoming products that Kanye West intends to launch. However, it is still unclear what types of NFTs and Metaverse experience the American rapper could launch.
Kanye West Joins Other Music And NFTs Integrations
In the past few months, many notable individuals from the music industry have dived into the NFT space, with Kanye West being the latest to join the list. Last summer, Eminem, the 15-time Grammy Awards Winner and American rapper, partnered with Nifty Gateway to launch the NFT collection dubbed “Shady Con.”
Eminem’s NFT featured unique and original instrumental beats produced by Slim Shady. These digital assets gave the rapper’s fans “Stans” the chance to own a piece from this premier drop.
Following the same streak, Golden Globe-winner John Legend launched an NFT platform for musicians and entertainers named “OurSong.” While commenting about the new platform at the time, Legend, who now serves as Chief Impact Officer of the project, hoped that the platform would benefit artists joining the NFT industry for the first time, adding:
“It can be really intimidating for an emerging creative who wants to share their art, their work with the world, share their creativity with the world, but they feel like they can’t possibly do something that’s going to be worth that much money. Some of them are building that up to a place where they’re even making a living, using their art as students.”
In March 2022, the American hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg also became part of the big club. At the time, the American rapper partnered with Clay Nation to launch an NFT collection on the Cardano blockchain.
Last month, pop star Madonna recently joined hands with digital artist “Beeple” to unleash the NFT collection “Mother of Creation.” The NFT project featured three single NFT editions, showcasing the pop star giving birth to various natural objects such as blooming trees and butterflies.