A few thoughts on the Waka Flocka Summoner....

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So whoop de do Splinterlands is Partnering with Waka Flocka and bringing out 1000 Maxed Level Promo Death Summoners created in his image, and this is a summoner which poisons....

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Like probably ever other 40 something white European on Hive I'd never heard of Waka Flocka before this announcement, but I shit you not, having done my cursory 30 minutes of flicking around the Internet, I can confirm that Waka Flocka is actually a real hip hop artist,

From what I can glean from Wikipedia, YouTube and various other sites he seems to have taken a fairly standard rap-trajectory.....

  1. Been brought up in relative poverty
  2. Produced a few albums, his heyday seems to have been around a decade ago.
  3. Most of his well-known songs seem to focus on the standard hip hop themes of cars, gold, money in general, several attractive black women per man, and various wealth adorned youths dancing in clubs (doing that standard slight squat and wave one hand in the air thing) and/ or older, muscled black men with gang-tattoos hanging around in inner-city streets looking mean.
  4. After a few years of this he seems to hsve had a bit of a religious turn, possibly following the suicide of his brother in 2013, did a lot of humanitarian work with suicide prevention charities (fair play) and received an honorary doctorate for this in 2021.
  5. He still tours I think, but seems mostly active on social media and likes his NFTs, although apparently the art is more important than the value....


Pretty standard Hip Hop formula.

Utopian Meanderings on this Partnership....

On the surface this makes TOTAL SENSE - approach a rapper with the suggestion of minting a limited number of promo NFTs in his image... NICE.

NB - Flocka has been into NFTs for a while, he's actually been tweeting for the last few months inviting people to shill him projects....

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So Flocka gets a NICE summoner, and it is a nice summoner - 3 mana and poison, that's going to be the absolute shit in low mana and no abilities rule sets, and he gets bragging rights - he's now going to have the only NFT on Splinterlands, at least for a while, and quite possibly THE ONLY NFT named after him that anyone can actually DO anything with!

And I guess hip-hop - status, battles, bling, it does kind of work with Splinterlands, it's not the most unnatural fit i could think of that's for sure.

At the very least this is going to attract some of Flocka's fans to the game, but if we're being utopian, it might bait other artists into offering more advertising for BETTER summoners or monsters of themselves.

And imagine a year or so down the line once we can create our own cards, this could segway much more naturally into a wider range of partnerships... batches of cards, micro leagues and tournaments....

And this is where the ART maybe becomes more important than the stats...

Not everyone can have the most shit-kicking card in terms of stats, so maybe this is where ART becomes more crucial - because it's quite possible to have lots of very similar cards but with different SKINS and to make these VERY RARE.

Hmm, there is quite the realm of possibilities here....

HOWEVER it still requires a buy-in to this particular 'meta'...

Having said this, the growth of this sort of artist-adoption still requires artists to buy-in to the Splinterlands brand, to settle for a partnership rather than developing their own brand of NFTs, even if they would just be static NFTs.

And in the future, who knows where NFTs, and various metaverse projects are going... in five years time the concept of having even a legendary summoner crafted are you might look a bit dated.

I guess it all depends how far Splinterlands can keep up with the NFT METAVERSE competition, but RIGHT NOW, and for 2022, I think the future looks very bright!

Oh, quick postscript, given that his brother committed suicide in 2013 and this triggered (I believe) his work for suicide-prevention strategies, a death summoner with poison seems like an odd choice, I would have thought something a bit more uplifting would be more fitting with that side of his image, but there you go, I guess this is just fantasy......

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I hadn't heard of him either, but if he can bring more new people to the game and Hive then that's great. Some of the newer summoners seem too powerful. I can't afford to keep buying more.

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I think this one might be beyond my price point - only maxed for sale!

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He has 1.8M Twitter followers, but I don't see him tweeting about it yet. 1% of them signing up would be nice.

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Damn, that's a lot of followers!

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Plus 3.4M on Insta!

Does he even have a Hive account? We need a few people on that sort of level.

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Does he have a Hive account....?

Does he need one?!

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Well it would be nice to have him post here.

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Seems pretty solid to me. Even if people just want to collect the card and art that gets them on hive and putting skin in the game which eventually maybe they look into deeper and pick up. We also know how stupid high some of these NFTs can go so if there's a few big fans of his and they want this art we could be talking thousands of dollars heck even millions as crazy as that sounds value wise on a sale. Now of course a lot of things would have to fit right in place for that to happen but what's important is the possibility and opportunity.

I did like your take on further down the line mini tournaments with their own sets of cards, partnerships and even being able to invest in and make your own NFT card and maybe your own community around it. That's actully very possible and some smart thinking of where Splinterlands can still grow and adapt to the markets in so many ways.

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I agree, it's like just the start of lots of new possibilities. Whether I empty some other funds to buy one is another matter....!

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He does college shows. He did a show when I was at Georgetown and is known for getting caught sleeping w sorority girls lol. No hands is a huge hit, but I'm just excited to see some mainstream interest, even if it is paid interest

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Jees this guy is living the dream!

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lol yeah, it goes to show though that you're really just one hit song away from fame. You never know what will be catchy.

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if only I could rap, sing, play an instrument, dance... something!

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I'm not sure waka flocka can do any of that lol, but he still made it

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Don't care about the rapper, but I want that card!

I want a WakaLoompa now Daddy!

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I had no clue who he was but I tend to stay away from most traditional media and I'm obviously not up to date with the current(ish) music scene. Eitherway that card is a beast. I ended up selling my Vouchers after the announcement with the thougth that price will subdue before the end of the month. My gamble looks like it isn't going to pay off but time will tell.

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It will be crazy expensive anyway, maybe out of reach and probably down to luck with purchasing!

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