When it comes to crypto I always compare it to a Pusha T single. You know that it's high quality and the news alone will shake up the game. But there’s just something about it that leaves you uneasy about it. Will this really last forever? How much of these are real and how much of it is a facade? And one other thing is that either you hate it, or you love it. There’s no in-between. These similarities continue with Pusha T’s latest release “Diet Coke”.
”Yesterday's price is not today's price!”
A snippet of Pusha T rapping the unreleased track in the studio sent Twitter ablaze. There’s nothing like a new Pusha T track when it hits the streets. It’s like the D-boy era is back. Just like with crypto. Whenever any news about crypto drops. The prices go up. But they also can go down. Or as a Fat Joe sample yells in the beginning of the track, ”Yesterday's price is not today's price!”. That’s the nature of crypto. Volatility at its purest. The prices go up and down similar to how Pusha T explains coke prices in the streets. Checking CoinMarketCap can become an hourly ritual to the day traders and hedge fund managers who must deliver. “The number on his jersey is the quote price.” The numbers on CoinMarketCap tracks the price of each cryptocurrency and lets buyers and sellers know what’s fair market. But people quickly learn that all ain’t fair in love and crypto.
If you can get it cheaper somewhere else why not go? But be careful to not let the jackers know where your stash is. In the crypto space this means don’t let the hackers know where crypto is. Because although crypto is secure. The place where you stash your coins may not be. Mostly we’re talking about a Crypto Exchange. A Crypto Exchange is on the web. It’s the traphouse for some in the game. But if you trap (i.e., buy and sell crypto in the same place you keep your coins) be careful that somebody else is not watching. And don’t let your only defense be the front door. We say front door because it’s the easiest to enter when welcomed. Just like a front door the exchange welcomes people but some front doors only have a padlock to keep your house safe. And if somebody really wants to get in a padlock ain’t gonna stop them. For an exchange that means cybersecurity protocols won’t either. Big news hit in 2014 when Bitfinex a crypto exchange was hacked for over 60 million in crypto which today is over 4.5 billion. The stories do go on and on as billions have been stolen from crypto exchanges all over the world. You learn that owning crypto ain’t as easy as they say it is. You learn that when there’s a warm meal everyone has a plate right?
“Missy was our only missdemeanor”.
What’s the answer? Pusha T shouts it twice in his track “Missy was our only missdemeanor”. Meaning the only way to truly not get caught up with your coins gone in a billion-dollar hack is to put your crypto into what’s called a cold wallet. What’s a cold wallet? You can Google search what it means and get the exact wording. But my definition is that a cold wallet is a physical device (usb-like in most cases) that is used to store your private keys to where your crypto currency is kept, that is completely offline (aka ain’t no hackers gonna be able to access it.). There are some that use Bluetooth, but we want this crypto cold. Not luke-warm. The advantage is that it’s offline. But what if you get robbed walking down the street with your cold wallet? These devices can help with that. Just put in a special password and Voila! A separate account with a smaller amount of crypto can be accessed for the robbers to take a smaller amount and not the whole pie. Pusa T says “You ordered Diet Coke, that's a joke, right?”. The robbers thought they were getting the whole pack. They got the pack that was stepped on. Aka. They didn’t get the good crypto or the account that is really gonna make you money.
So you might be asking which one to get? I’m not a financial adviser or a fiduciary so do your own research. But if we was on the block and I had to give you an opinion I would go with the Ledger Nano S. (Make sure to get it new from the website and not sites like ebay. People like to put viruses on those) Why? It’s the cheaper option. Just at $59.99 you can test the cold wallet out and see if you like it. It’s completely offline. No internet. No Bluetooth. Just plug-and-play. Also there’s numerous videos and tutorials to help you. Plus it’s discreet. And let’s not forget about the secret account to throw off the robbers.
If you want to buy the Ledger Nano S here’s a quick link to get one:
Ledger Nano S | Ledger
"Imaginary players ain't been coached right!"
When it comes to crypto there’s a lot of people just jumping in looking to get rich quick, But few realize that getting rich also means that you are defensive as well as offensive. And a real coach will tell you that being defensive minded helps you manage your risk. But many ain’t been coached right! So look into getting a cold wallet to store your crypto. Most importantly do your own research! And if you have time listen to Pusha-T’s single “Diet Coke”.
You ordered Diet Coke, that's a joke, right?
Make sure you check out Pusha T's video to Diet Coke below:
When it comes to Kanye there is no doubt that his legacy will live as one of the greatest artists ever. When it comes to producers he’s Top 5. When it comes to impact on the culture there’s no doubt he’s Top 5. Let’s be honest here. Kanye West inspired Drake’s style after he dropped his album “808 & Heartbreak”. This one album was a pivotal turning point in hip hop music that helped birth a new style and subgenre of hip hop. The album also created a clear divide in hip hop between the old generation of hip hop that was all about bars and hard-hitting bass. As compared to the new generation that uses auto-tune and is more melodies and the. Before this album hip hop was a boxing sport. And there’s no crying in hip hop. 808 & Heartbreak changed this. Now it was OK to express your feelings instead of holding up the facade that you’re OK. You gonna get these emotions in these raps which the hip hop purists wanted no part of, and Kanye was the one who took most of the slack for it. That’s until a Toronto-born rapper by the name of Drake broke onto the scene with his new mixtape called “So Far Gone”.
So Far Gone was so far left and different from any mixtape that it can be considered his first album. The album was filled with melodic singing, auto-tune, emotional turns and twists, and also bars. These are all the things that Kanye was was being crucified for when he dropped his album 808 & Heartbreak. But when the Toronto rapper did it. It seemed to be more well-received. Maybe this was the start of the love-hate relationship/boxing match that has occurred through the years and would start a rap beef between two of hip hop's greatest to ever do it. But let’s not get into the beef. There are plenty of blogs that have covered the Kanye West vs. Drake Beef. Here’s one if you need it. (Drake & Kanye West's Relationship Timeline Prior to Concert (highsnobiety.com). Instead, let’s get to the concert.
On November 8th the internet went crazy as Kanye West and J. Prince posted a video to Instagram with Kanye West calling for the Drake & Ye beef to come to an end, and most importantly. A concert. Not just any concert. Thee concert! A concert that featured only Ye and Drake. Nobody thought this would happen. Including Drake. In a sense, Ye had forced his hand by; 1. Having one of his mentors and father figures J. Price endorse Ye’s message about needing to squash the beef and even perform together. 2. The concert was a benefit concert for one of the most polarizing figures in the culture, Larry Hoover. How could he say no without losing his Certified Lover Boy title? In my eyes, Drake had no choice and reluctantly agreed to the concert. So, the date was set, and it was finally real. On December 9th the concert of a lifetime would be happening.
Flash forward to December 9th. Ye and Drake spottings had been pretty much radio silent on both social media accounts. But when walking to the stadium it was apparent that this was actually happening. The sold-out LA Coliseum was the host for what would be bigger than any USC game that would be played there. Additionally, the number of people there could easily overwhelm the small ratio of staff there. When looking back the most disappointing thing about the concert was that there was no actual merch from either artist. The only thing present for sale were Free Larry Hover sweaters and hoodies. This was obviously a missed opportunity on both artists’ parts to get a bag. But let’s just say for the benefit’s sake they wanted to keep it about Larry Hoover.
But was it really about Larry Hoover? The concert started with Ye and Drake walking down the coliseum steps while a choir sang. But there was not one mention of Larry Hoover. I wasn’t expecting a telethon or CashApp donation call to action. But at the same time there was no mention of Larry Hoover, no speaker that came out, no speeches, even the performer’s Drake and Ye barely even mentioned his name or the cause. The cause seemed to be about the concert more than any actionable steps to get Larry Hoover free. This was the Kanye and Drake show!
So that leads to just how good was the show? The show was amazing. There were surprisingly no opening acts. Just the two legends. Kanye performed first. He performed around the whole stage and gave people wanted they wanted. Old Kanye hits. From “All Falls Down” to “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. Kanye performed the songs of his older material with 2 or 3 songs from his post-Yeezus catalog. Kanye was definitely giving the people a show. The most viral being the performance of “Find Your Love” by Drake that appeared on Drake’s album “Thank Me Later” which was actually produced by Kanye. Everyone felt Kanye’s heartfelt plea to his wife Kim Kardashian West to come back. It was 808 & Heartbreak reminiscent.
Now that leads us to our last performer. Drakeeeee!!!!! Let’s remember that Drake was kind of forced to perform. And it showed in his performance. He didn’t have that bounce that you usually see. Also, his song selection told a lot about how he felt about performing. This isn’t Drake featuring Drake. Drake did perform Kanye’s single “24” of his album Donda which he performed way better than Kanye could’ve. But to see Drake in his element and in his bag would've been a high. There were some stand out songs he did perform such as "No Friends In The Industry" and "God's Plan". He even shouted to the crowd to help him sing 21 Savage's part on "Knife Talk".
The magic of the whole concert was seeing both Kanye and Drake go back and forth on stage. Kanye performing “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and seeing Drake hype him up. Then seeing Drake perform “God’s Plan” and seeing Kanye right there singing word for word. It was only right that they both end the night with their song “Forever” that appeared on Lebron James soundtrack More Than A Game. For what was more than just a concert. This was Ye and Drake on the same stage. Something that may never happen again. As both artists embraced and rode off into their respective security transports, I couldn't help but think. This was a special night. One you had to be there to believe or had to stream to believe if you have Amazon Prime. But I only say this because it ain't telling when the beef will start again. It also ain't no telling if the concert actually will help get Larry Hoover free. But in the meantime, here’s a video recap of some of the best performances of the night.
Day 9, THE LAST DAY of the challenge. It's been a fucking grind, to say the least. But the last day means it's not over. Over the past couple of days people have probably been saying that you can't do this, or you won't be able to get that, or your waistin' your time. The only thing you can do is hustle so hard that you make sure they CAN'T TELL YOU NUTHIN', right?