Snoop Dogg Joins The Bored Ape Yacht Club And The Sandbox. Read All About It

It’s official, Snoop Dogg joined the apes. The rap superstar and all-around businessman made a substantial NFT investment and is now showing a Bored Ape as his avatar on Twitter. Not only that, Snoop Dogg bought a full set, a Bored Ape, an M1 and an M2 Mutant, and their correspondent Bored Ape Kennel Club. They all match with each other and tend towards pink fur. 

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In the announcement tweet, Snoop Dogg claimed: “When I APE in I APE all the way in!!,” and he wasn’t lying. This buy puts him among the top celebrity NFT collectors. At least the ones who are public about their buys. 

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How Did Snoop Dogg Get Into The Bored Ape Yacht Club?

It all came from a deleted tweet. What did it say? We wouldn’t know. However, NFT strategist Just1n.eth brought another rapper into the conversation. “He needs to link up with Waka Flocka to talk about the NFT collection that he should be looking into!” And Waka Flocka went straight to the BAYC. “Uncle Snoop you need a Ape mane!!! Join the yacht club.” This was Snoop Dogg’s answer:

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This was in June. Which shows how much of a patient businessman Snoop is.

Snoopverse In The Sandbox

Snoop Dogg is launching himself into NFTs with two feet. A couple of weeks ago, the superstar rapper announced a partnership with The Sandbox metaverse. There, he will have his own piece of the virtual world. There will be Snoop avatars and other Snoop-inspired NFTs for sale. And he will even perform live, and event that’s already selling early access passes for. 

Not only that, the rap star even made a song about the whole ordeal.

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And if you look closely, there are Bored Ape Yacht Club pieces on the walls in Snoop Dogg’s virtual mansion. Did he buy the set of apes to decorate his house? Maybe he did.

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But Wait… Wasn’t Cozomo De’ Medici An Alias For Snoop Dogg?

Notorious NFT collector Cozomo De’ Medici once did a publicity stunt that seemed to suggest that he was Snoop Dogg. However, since then, the prevailing sentiment is that he isn’t. Artnet’s .pdf mag about NFT culture, Artnet NFT 30, broke down the story:

“Is Cozomo really Snoop Dogg? That was the rumor that swept the internet after the collector announced that a celebrity would reveal Cozomo’s true identity (with the first to spot the announcement winning 1 ETH), only for Snoop Dogg’s official account to tweet shortly thereafter, “I am @CozomoMedici.” The frenzy of investigations that followed, however, cast doubt on the link, pointing to a selfie that Cozomo posted from Lake Como with the musician Jason Derulo that obscured their face but not their short, Caucasian body.”

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If Snoop was Cozomo, he would be the biggest celebrity NFT collector without a doubt. But he isn’t. Or is he? Following Snoop Dogg’s BAYC announcement, Cozomo tweeted:

What does that mean? You be the judge of that. 

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Will NFTs Kill Traditional Art? Famed Collector Cozomo de’ Medici Makes The Case

Digital magazine and gallery Artnet gave Cozomo de’ Medici the keys to the castle. The notorious NFT collector took over their very popular Twitter account to raise hell. Cozomo de’ Medici’s thesis is that “the internet killed the yellow pages. Netflix killed Blockbuster,” and NFTs will replace traditional art. A bold prediction, we know, but let’s give the pseudonymous collector the benefit of the doubt and explore his thread.

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The story starts with Artnet NFT 30. A list of the 30 most influential people in the NFT world. Of course, Cozomo de’ Medici was one of them. As a publicity stunt, Artnet gave Cozomo control of their Twitter. “And starting now, I will be taking over the ARTNET Twitter! I warned them I may be controversial ;),” de’ Medici said. And then, “Ok frens, so I dropped a bit of a bomb over on the Artnet twitter account. They had NO idea I was going to do this!”

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Besides NFT recommendations and commentary, Cozomo de’ Medici made a name for himself on Twitter by making outrageous statements. One of them is, “Crypto billionaires will flip traditional billionaires. NFTs will flip traditional art.” Let’s explore that idea.

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NFTs Will Kill Traditional Art, According To Cozomo de’ Medici

The notorious NFT collector begins by comparing the NFT revolution to the advent of Reality TV. “For almost 100 years, the studios decided which actors would be lucky or talented enough to become stars. But then in the 2000’s, everything changed. The cameras turned from focusing on actors, to every day people. With Reality TV, soon it wasn’t a trained actor who was getting famous, but your classmate, co-worker, or next door neighbor. ”

Ok, so far so good.

Then, Cozomo turns to art. For centuries, “kings, queens, and noble folk decided which art was relevant.“ Then, the tide shifted, “in the Victorian era of the 1800s, galleries, museums, and collectors began to move markets.” The problem here was that the public had zero access to these artists. By the time they learned “about Warhol or Basqiat, their work has become expensive, the best pieces gobbled up by known collectors and market makers.”

Enter NFTs. “No museums. No galleries, other than the marketplaces, and the galleries made by collectors themselves.” A heap of now well-known artists came out of this change of paradigm. But that’s not all, “any artist, from any where in the world, with no invitation, can mint a drop.” Also, the power shifted to the consumer. “YOU can decide which artists will define this generation.“

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Then, Cozomo de’ Medici shouts out two artists. Who, of course, are part of Artnet NFT 30 as well.

Photographer Justin Aversano and Digital artist Xcopy. Who, of course, are a big part of Cozomo de’ Medici’s collection.

To finish, de’ Medici goes all in. “We are the market makers now. We create our own museums. We decide which art defines this generation. We are the digital renaissance.”

The reactions have been mixed. Some people don’t buy it, some people think Cozomo de’ Medici is a genius. In what camp are you? Are you convinced or nah? Is Cozomo exaggerating for effect? Or does he or she really believe that? Is Cozomo ahead of his or her time or clinically insane? And, more importantly…

Who’s Cozomo de’ Medici?

No, he’s not Snoop Dogg. That was a publicity stunt that worked too well and even journalists still believe.

To answer the title’s question, let’s quote the publication that started this whole mess. In Artnet NFT 30, they introduce him as follows:

“Ever since the mysterious collector behind this Twitter handle emerged on the scene in August, they’ve captivated the cryptorati with a combination of gnomic utterances and sage NFT investment advice, all packaged under a playful identity claiming a parallel between the famous patronage of Renaissance Florence’s Medici family (albeit with a tweaked spelling seemingly borrowed from Seinfeld’s Kramer) and Cozomo’s own pursuits in the digital art world today.”

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And about his collection, a huge part of this story, Artnet says:

“With astonishing speed, Cozomo acquired a collection of Art Blocks and CryptoPunks alongside NFTs by Justin Aversano, Tom Sachs, and a host of other artists. He now owns hundreds of artworks, including coveted examples that the crypto community calls “holy grails,” that are together valued in the tens of millions of dollars— including what he calls a “grail of grails,” XCOPY’s Right-click and Save As guy,”

The estimation is that his whole collection is worth $17M approximately. Take that for what it’s worth.

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Early XCOPY NFT Sells for $6M in Ethereum

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XCOPY’s “A Coin For the Ferryman” has changed hands for $6 million worth of Ethereum. The crypto artist minted the one-of-a-kind piece in 2018. 

XCOPY Artwork Breaks Record

Sales of high-value NFTs are booming. 

An early NFT by renowned crypto artist XCOPY sold on SuperRare Thursday evening, setting back the new owner 1,330 ETH, roughly $6.03 million at today’s prices. The unique piece, titled “A Coin For the Ferryman,” dates back to 2018 and is among the earliest of the artist’s creations. 

The piece had not been sold since the SuperRare user @0xclipse bought the artwork directly from XCOPY back in 2018 for 0.5 ETH, around $139 at the time. 

The London-based artist has a legacy stretching back to 2017 and is viewed as a pioneer in the crypto art space. Their work has gained more notoriety following the surge of interest in NFTs earlier this year. 

Since then, several one-of-a-kind XCOPY pieces have sold for millions of dollars. Another high-profile sale of XCOPY’s artwork happened last month when the NFT collector Cozomo de’ Medici paid the equivalent of $3.86 million for a piece called “Some Asshole.” 

For secondary market transactions of artwork listed on SuperRare, artists typically receive a 10% cut of the final sale price, meaning that XCOPY received just over $600,000 worth of Ethereum for the latest sale. 

XCOPY is not the only crypto artist to have artwork sold for eye-watering sums. In March, Beeple’s “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” became not only the most expensive NFT to be sold at auction but also the third most expensive piece sold by a living artist, bringing in $69.34 million in a landmark Christie’s sale. Beeple returns to the aution house to sell an NFT sculpture called “HUMAN ONE” Nov. 9; bidding starts at $15 million. 

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Nifty News: Snoop’s $17M NFT collection, movie sold as NFT, QAnon espouser sells tweets

Hip-hop icon Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., also known as Snoop Dogg, has revealed himself to be the pseudonymous NFT collector “Cozomo de’ Medici.”

While Snoop has not provided further clarification beyond a Sept. 21 tweet unveiling his digital identity, Medici’s NFT wallet is worth roughly $17.6 million, according to DappRadar.

Snoop’s collection features a long list of NFTs, including highly sought-after CryptoPunks, Meebits and Art Blocks tokens.

Cozomo de’ Medici wallet: DappRadar

Snoop’s CryptoPunks represent most of his portfolio’s monetary value, with the tokens estimated to be worth $13.19 million. The collection includes CryptoPunk #3831, which depicts a green alien wearing shades and sunglasses that is estimated to be valued at $5 million

While Snoop’s reveal could comprise clever marketing designed to garner some of the limelight being shone on the surging NFT markets, Cozomo’s Twitter account posted a thread five minutes before Snoop made the reveal claiming that they would soon dox themselves using their personal account.

“As my fame is considerable, the tweet will no doubt be discovered,” they said.

This isn’t Snoop Dogg’s first foray into the nonfungible sector, as the cannabinoid enthusiast previously collaborated with the artist behind the Nyan Cat meme to drop “Nyan Dogg” NFTs on 4/20 (a day sacred among smokers) earlier this year.

NFT collector’s clumsy security practices lead to $294K worth of stolen NFTs

An NFT collector who goes by the name “Baccredited” on Twitter stated that hackers swiped $375,000 worth of NFTs and tokens from two of their Ethereum wallets.

In a Sept. 21 tweet, the victim tallied their losses, concluding that $294,000 worth of NFTs and $81,000 worth of crypto tokens had been stolen from their accounts.

Baccredited noted that while they don’t know exactly how the hackers gained access to their wallets, their private keys and seed phrases had been stored in txt files on their computer, stating:

“I know how stupid I was. $375K worth of stupid. I put private keys and seed phrases in txt files on my mac’s filesystem. That is a bad idea. I didn’t use a hardware wallet for high-value assets. I know. I know. I KNOW”

The victim claimed to have NFTs from widely popular collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, Art Blocks, Meebits and Pudgy Penguins, marking an expensive lesson in private data storage for the collector.

“Wow, compiling this particular list did NOT feel good AT ALL,” they added.

Feature Film and Hybrid NFTs

Blockchain-based metaverse tech firm Marvion is dropping “Hyrbid NFTs” (h-NFTs) in partnership with Phoenix Waters Productions and AMM Global as part of the release of an upcoming feature film named “Lockdown.”

According to Marvion, a Hybrid NFT is an integrated “smart contract that can execute a transaction and also contains the specific legal terms of the intellectual property ownership and license.”

The first drop will include five limited editions h-NFTs that will be issued a month before the Lockdown premiers in November. The h-NFTs will depict content from the movie, while the firm is also touting the drop of tokenized tickets for viewers who attend live screenings in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

The plot of Lockdown follows the story of an actor who partakes in an audition where the casting director forces them to pass a series of tests to stop someone around him from being killed. The cast includes Xander Berkeley, known for his roles in Terminator 2 and The Walking Dead, and Hong Kong actress Anita Chui.

The specific details of the h-NFT s will be announced in the coming weeks.

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A tokenized QAnon conspiracy?

Ron Watkins, who is believed to be one of the original espousers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, has announced he will launch an NFT collection via auction to fund a “critical project” that he says will “save America.”

The collection consists of five tokenized tweets from Watkins that were retweeted by Donald Trump prior to the pair being banned from the platform earlier this year.

“A few weeks ago, I decided to start working on a secret project that I feel will help save America. To help raise funds I’m selling a collection of five of my tweets that were retweeted by President Trump as special Non-Fungible-Tokens,” Watkins told the 429,000 members of his Telegram group.

The collection is dubbed the “CodeMonkeyZ Freedom Series,” with the first of the series’ five NFTs currently up for auction on OpenSea. Details about the “critical project” are yet to be revealed.


Cointelegraph reported on Sept. 21 that Sorare, a marketplace for tokenized soccer trading cards, raised $680 million in a Series B funding round led by Japanese fintech giant SoftBank.

Professional wrestler and actor John Cena said fans only purchased 7.4% of his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) NFTs that were dropped last month. Cena called it a “catastrophic failure” as he cited the price points of the NFTs as being too high for fans.