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Jay-Z Commissions Reasonable Doubt NFT at Sotheby’s for 25th Anniversary

The non-fungible token was crafted by multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams

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Jay-Z (photo by Amy Price)

    JAY-Z has commissioned a non-fungible token to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt. Created by Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams, the NFT is titled Heir to the Throne and is being auctioned off at Sotheby’s. (Via Pitchfork.)

    Opening bids for the NFT start at $1,000, with the auction set to close on July 2nd. A portion of proceeds from the sale will go directly to the rapper’s eponymous charitable organization, the Shawn Carter Foundation, whose mission is to “help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at post secondary institutions.”

    “It’s fitting that JAY-Z’s pioneering lyrical brilliance is commemorated through the iconic vision of acclaimed artist Derrick Adams in a bold new medium,” said Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s Global Head of Science and Popular Culture, in a statement.

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    “With this NFT project, we jointly embrace the opportunity to further the conversation about how artists of different mediums contribute to a more inclusive society,” added Adams. “My portraits aim to capture the sensibility, optimism and beauty of urban life, and in JAY’s work I’ve found tremendous kinship.” Get a first look at a static rendering of the Reasonable Doubt NFT after the jump.

    Released June 25th, 1996, Reasonable Doubt heralded the arrival of the then-26-year-old rapper and contained four hit singles, including “Dead Presidents”, “Ain’t No N***a”, “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, and “Feelin’ It”. The album has since been certified platinum and is collectively considered by many hip-hop fans to be the best body of work in Hov’s lengthy discography.

    Earlier this month, JAY-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records sued co-founder Damon Dash to halt his attempt to commission his own NFT of the rapper’s seminal LP. A federal judge ruled Dash had “no right to sell the album or any rights to it” as those rights are still held by the record label.

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    Meanwhile, the first trailer just dropped for The Harder They Fall, the Hov-produced Western starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors, and the rapper is set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021. In May, Jay — who’s featured on DMX’s new posthumous album Exodus — and wife Beyoncé also reportedly purchased the world’s most expensive car for a cool $28 million.

    Heir to the Throne NFT:

    Heir to the Throne

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