Reid Hoffman produces crypto rap battle to spark better dialogue

Quick Take

  • Greylock Partners’ Reid Hoffman has produced a rap battle on YouTube to bring awareness to crypto
  • In it, Alexander Hamilton takes on anonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Hoffman said he hopes this will elevate conversations surrounding crypto beyond ad hominem attacks as the rap breaks down common concerns
  • Some famous crypto faces also made cameos in the video

"Does anyone know what this crypto-thing means?" traditional finance is asking the digital world, with none other than Alexander Hamilton spitting fire on its behalf. Sort of.

An “epic rap battle” produced by San Francisco venture capitalist firm Greylock pits the founding father and his centralized bank against the anonymous founder of decentralized currency, Satoshi Nakamoto. The billion-dollar venture capital firm is hoping humor and catchy bars will help demystify crypto and push the dialogue surrounding digital assets to the forefront. 

Greylock released the video today in partnership with the YouTube channel Rhyme Combinator which produces comedic rap battles. Over the course of the six-minute video, the Hamilton and Satoshi antagonize each other with common arguments against centralized and decentralized money while an audience of high profile crypto players observes. Faces like Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, CEO of ZCash, Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream and Wences Casares, CEO of Xapo, among others, grimace as Hamilton makes his case.