In partnership with New York-based crypto-collectible firm YellowHeart, XXXTentacion’s estate has announced the release of five non-fungible tokens (NFT) featuring previously unreleased substance.
Sound’s Estate, headed by Cleopatra Bernard, and Solomon Sobande, the rapper’s manager, are spearheading the release of this album.
Along with previously unseen concert footage, the collection will contain five unreleased songs from XXXTentacion’s vast discography. These songs were uploaded to his personal SoundCloud account, though they were never officially released.
In Rolling Stone’s report, Sobande says that despite the tracks’ popularity on SoundCloud, they were never able to be brought out of the platform. He adds that the final track list was decided after polling many XXXTentacion fans.
These were the songs that built his career and led up to the explosion in his career. They are no longer on his SoundCloud account. They are just reposted remnants.”
When Sobande was asked about the possibility of XXXTentacion enlisting the NFT monetisation of his art, the former rapper responded, “He was all about making things cool and new. It would’ve been new, cool, and customised.”
‘He probably would’ve made music just for this, for him, record labels and distributors were just an added bonus. He wanted to get the music out, touch his fans, and build relationships with his core audience.
When trying to record an album, there is so much red tape,” she says. “You wouldn’t necessarily have to cut it if you were recording an NFT.” Also featured is exclusive artwork by Stephen Bliss, known for his work on the Grand Theft Auto series. XXXTentacion is a notable fan of the series. Artists have jumped on the bandwagon of digital collectibles in recent months, as NFTs have become an important source of revenue for musicians.
The company has recently offered a new video for MF DOOM’s ‘Dead Bent,’ a collection of unreleased images by Babymetal, and an alternate music video by MF DOOM.
YellowHeart was founded as an online ticketing service in 2017 and launched its first-ever music-based NFT marketplace in December 2018. The XXXTentacion collection will be the first offering on the platform.
Kings Of Leon previously released their latest album, “When You See Yourself” as an NFT.
“Despite what you may think about XXXTentacion, you cannot deny his influence on modern rap,” Kyann-Sian Williams wrote in NME’s review of “Bad Vibes Forever”, released following his death on June 18, 2018.