Eminem’s jaw dropping comeback album ‘Kamikaze’ has been hot on everybody’s playlists this week. For crypto enthusiasts, this album takes brownie points, as it namechecks Bitcoin in one of its tracks, “Not Alike”. This mention shows a sign of better things to come, for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and if awareness is the first step in driving mainstream adoption then Bitcoin can do a lot with Slim Shady’s shout out.
However, he is by no means the first artist to reference Bitcoin in their albums or songs. Pop Stars have always had a relationship with cryptos. Of what kind this relationship has been, is complicated. While A-listers like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Katy Perry have all made mention of Bitcoin, others have paddled with more dubious cryptos. Such as the DJ Khaled-backed Centra, whose founders faced the wrath of the SEC.
Moreover, there is Akon, who plans to build a whole city in Senegal, where the accepted currency is his own crypto; Akoin. Crazy, right?
Looking at other crypto mentions by pop artists here, as we make a top 8.
Eminem – Not Alike
Eminem is back, mad as hell and at his lyrical best, with album Kamikaze’s track “Not Alike”. He presents an apt state of cryptocurrencies coming over to displace fiat coins and paper money in the verse that namechecks Bitcoin.
‘Member everybody used to bite Nickel
Now everybody doin’ bitcoin
Remy – Bitcoin Billionaire
Possibly one of the funniest songs ever released about cryptocurrency, “Bitcoin Billionaire” by Remy sums it all up with the immortal lines:
A money like my last girl
In the end of this one, Remy’s billionaire ends up broke, after a solar flare kills his Bitcoin savings. Don’t see that happen too often, do we?
Coindaddy – Alt Season
Unlike others on this list, Coindaddy (Arya Bahmanyar) as the alias suggests, actually makes a regular living out of cryptocurrency.
Imma go and short some bitcoin
Every day and every night
Cos it’s a bearish market
And there ain’t nothin in sight
Coindaddy might as well be the real deal in cryptocurrencies but his status in the music world is maybe more debatable.
Ytracker – Bitcoin Baron
This one by Ytracker is a tune with great electricity and free flowing rhymes.
I’m a bitcoin baron, I’m scaring the status quo
Got that crypto dough in that dat file to blow
And the algorithm gon’ get em until prism
Send us all to prison and that’s a nerdy living
The Bitcoin Dip – We Miss You
The Bitcoin Dip’s “We Miss You” is a cover of Puff Daddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You”, which is a cover of The Police’s “I’ll Be Watching You”.
.. Forked just about as many times as bitcoin itself.
Laura Saggers – 10,000 Bitcoins
10,000 Bitcoins by Laura Saggers isn’t the greatest of efforts, but earns inclusion in our list as an antidote to other testosterone-charged picks.
Cryptocurrency Girls – The Moon and Cryptocurrency and Me
This is classic Japan, taking things up a notch. The Cryptocurrency Girls is an 8 girl strong group where each member takes on the persona of a particular cryptocurrency. Worth a watch.
Ricegum – Bitcoin
The less said about this song, the better. However, Youtube star Ricegum has over 10 million subscribers, so he must be doing something right. He also makes his bit in the bitcoin-pop stream, as well as our list.
While these may not be all the songs that make reference to BTC or other cryptocurrencies, it certainly makes our top 8 pop songs that show of Bitcoin’s and cryptocurrencies’ efforts in the pop culture. Unlikely to top music charts anytime soon, cryptocurrency fans can rejoice the music while looking at cryptocurrency market cap charts to get the best out of both.