Who’s the player got the blockchain tiiiiie…Coindaddy
Those are the opening lyrics to one of the latest tracks by the rapper CoinDaddy, née Arya Bahmanyar.
A former real estate agent who decided to combine his passion for cryptocurrency with his musical aspirations, Coindaddy is one of the motley crew of individuals in San Francisco’s burgeoning, bizarre crypto culture chronicled in a fascinating article by the New York Times’ Nellie Bowles.
Among the others in this surreal cast of characters is a mixed martial arts fighter that discovered cryptocurrencies through his passion for “vintage pornography,” and a 26-year-old who cradles a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth and claims to be sitting on a crypto fortune worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
With the price of bitcoin now roughly $14,000, and the blockchain technology that underlies bitcoin now in full hype mode, the world is experiencing a case of cryptocurrency fever that could either reshape global economies or crash and burn spectacularly. But while many investors and companies are dipping their toes in the water to see what bitcoin and other blockchain technology is all about, a tribe of true-believers in San Francisco is living and breathing crypto…