A man impersonating the hip-hop icon Snopp Dogg went around NFT.NYC to fire things up at the nonfungible token (NFT) event. While the intention was to bring fun to the event, there were some mixed reactions from the online community.
In a tweet, Kevin Collier shared his encounter with the fake Snoop Dogg at the NFT event at Times Square. According to Collier, the guy who dressed up as the well-known rapper was not really Snoop Dogg, but rather an impersonator that was hired to “drum up excitement.” Collier added that the experience “feels like a metaphor,” hinting at the copyright issues surrounding NFTs.
Twitter user Regiscake shared a photo of the fake Snoop Dogg with his VIP nametag saying Doop Snogg:
Holy shit that name tag tho https://t.co/s4e3TOJQCK pic.twitter.com/3sHo1hqgBY
— amosmelli (@regiscake) June 21, 2022
While Doop Snogg was there to bring up the excitement in the event, not everyone was happy about it. Redditor synthpop criticized the move, pointing out that NFTs have fake art, fake hyp and a fake Snoop. “Everything is on brand so far,” they wrote.
Reddit user az_is also wasn’t impressed by the fake Snoop Dogg. Expressing their dissatisfaction, the Redditor pointed out that NFTs, a technology that was created to protect authenticity are currently “being marketed with a fake version of a person.”
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In April, the legendary rapper has also been noted as a strategic investor in a funding round of the on and off-ramp provider MoonPay along with “industry VIPs” like Justin Beiber, Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher. Following this, MoonPay has also recently partnered with Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Records to launch an NFT marketplace:
#NFT platform MoonPay has partnered with Universal Pictures, Fox Corporation and Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Records. Together, the parties will launch the HyperMint #NFT marketplace.
— Alt Crypto Gems (@AltCryptoGems) June 21, 2022
Back in March, the real Snoop Dogg and Billy Ray Cyrus released a single titled “A Hard Working Man.” Along with the single, metaverse company Animal Concerts backed the release with a 50,000-piece NFT drop.