Hamilton v Satoshi: epic crypto rap battle

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Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Satoshi Nakamoto is the founding father of bitcoin. Now LinkedIn founder Redi Hoffman has brought them together in an epic crypto rap battle video.

Hoffman released the video on 5th September. It shows Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the United States financial system and central bank, fighting in rap-battle-style for the merits of centralized currencies against the mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

Hoffman was inspired by the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ and said that the two “Cabinet Battle” songs were particularly striking: “I was particularly struck by his two “Cabinet Battle” songs, and the way he used battle rap to express the opposing viewpoints that informed the issues and debates underlying fundamental moments in America’s development. Since then, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of using battle rap to explore some of the most polarizing issues that characterize our own era.”

According to Cointelegraph, “This style of debate will be familiar to many fans of YouTube, especially to those who have seen the channel Epic Rap Battles of History (ERB), where two characters go back and forth rhyming out key points in an attempt to take down the opponent.

The 6-minute long hip-hop video includes dozens of cameos from industry’s pioneers such as Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin (LTC); Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, co-founder of Zcash (ZEC); Reid Hoffman himself and many others.

The co-founder of LinkedIn added that he hopes the video gets more people talking about crypto and its evolving role in global commerce.

Hoffman took to Twitter to ask his followers who won the debate: Alexander Hamilton or Satoshi Nakamoto? The winner was clearly Satoshi Nakamoto, with 72% of the 6050 casted votes.

He hopes that videos such as this will bring awareness of cryptocurrencies to a wider audience: “Since I believe that informed, civil, and open-minded debate ultimately leads to more innovation and adaptation, I hope the debates continue.”

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