American singer Jason Derulo has bought an NFT

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The singer also tweeted out the question, solana or ethereum?

Jason Derulo at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum, Los Angeles                                 
Singer Jason Derulo, seen here at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Forum, Los Angeles, has just bought an NFT – Photo: Shutterstock

American signer-songwriter Jason Derulo has yet again tweeted out relating to cryptos, but this time he has announced that he bought an non-fungible token (NFT).

Derulo purchased the NFT CryptoPunk #1961. The CryptoPunks are 10,000 unique collectible-character NFTs stored on the Ethereum blockchain, originally developed by American studios Larva Labs and released in 2017.

The “Whatcha Say” and “Ridin' Solo” singer changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of the CryptoPunk, tweeting the question “What should I name my CryptoPunk?”

Derulo also gave thanks to Cozomo de’ Medici, whose Twitter bio states he is “sharing tales & insights from the the wild world of NFTs”. Derulo claimed de’ Medici helped him with his purchase, and the latter responded with a retweet showing the two of them as crypto punks on the shores of Lake Como, captioned: “Better hide yo punks cause we no longer Ridin' Solo”.

Solana or Ethereum?

Derulo’s Twitter profile has recently included a barrage of crypto-related content, as the singer has asked fans to reply to his question “solana or ethereum?”

Since the beginning of September, Derulo began tweeting about his purchase of the solana (SOL) cryptocurrency in June this year. Following that, he tweeted: “I’m Ridin’ Sol-ana” in reference to his song ‘Ridin’ Solo’.

The singer now seems to be contemplating which crypto to follow and invest in after buying into SOL.

Ja Rule and his NFT

American plantinum-selling rap star Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, has also unveiled his plans to release an NFT on 16 September in a tweet.     

The NFT will feature deleted scenes from the movie ‘Reboot Camp’, which features a signed deleted scene starring Ja Rule.

The rapper has helped to launch a NFT marketplace called with entrepreneur Robert Testagrossa and engineer James Cropcho. The site is intended to serve as a platform for artists and celebrities to monetise their work in NFT form, which the rapper has described as a “dope project”.

Ja Rule has also created his own crypto, describes it as a “social token”, developed with his ICONN app. However, the crypto has not been launched yet.  

Not the first rapper in the crypto sphere

American rapper Busta Rhymes (real name Trevor George Smith Jr) also tweeted at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on 13 September where he was performing, commenting that he has been having “some excellent and insightful bitcoin conversations”.

Back in July, Rhymes started asking questions on Twitter relating to crypto, such as where is the best place to go to learn more about crypto.  

The rapper received a response from Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, who pointed him towards, a site that helps retail investors get to grips with the leading cryptocurrency.

Michael Saylor, co-founder, chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy Incorporated (MSTR), a company that provides business intelligence, mobile software and cloud-based services, also replied to one of Rhyme’s tweets, advising him to have a look at his firm,, which provides a set of free educational courses and podcasts. Rhymes thanked both for their replies.

The rapper has also added red laser eyes to his Twitter photo – a trend among bitcoin bulls who believe the crypto will continue to soar in price.

Further reading: London to host world’s most valuable gallery NFT exhibition

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