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Are NFT’s Hurting The Environment!?

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens have gained a lot of buzz lately as digital art has sold for millions in some instances. They are essentially digital collectibles which are usually placed on a bidding market place such as Rarible, Opensea, or one of the many other auction sites. Most of these marketplaces allow users to exchange crypto for the NFTs. The most popular crypto being traded is currently Ethereum (ETH).

THE ETH PROBLEM

Unfortunately, ETH consumes massive amounts of energy to mine and to keep track of transactions. An Ethereum transaction can have a carbon footprint equal to that of an hour long flight or much more. The amount of power currently being used for ETH transactions alone can power all of Panama for a year. NFTs themselves are not to blame for an increase in energy consumption, rather it’s the cyrpto that is being used to purchased and sell NFTs that is detrimental to the environment.

 

NFTs Vs Mother Nature?

So do we cancel NFT’s? No, digital art is here to stay and NFT’s have certainly provided a new renaissance in the art space. There are several practices in place that reduce the environmental impact when trading NFT’s, however some of these practices such as Sidechaining or Bridging crypto can be unpredictable. The most effective method is to use a marketplace that is not back by the ETH blockchain. There are several NFT marketplaces that utilize other blockchains, you can find a list of eco-friendly NFT sites here. It will take transparency and accountability to ensure benefits digital art outweigh the environmental cost. Most of the world has jumped into Sustainable Super Hero mode or is preparing to do so.

A Sustainable Future

Despite trips to Mars, Earth is the only planet we have and WE are a serious threat to our planet, so WE need to be proactive in protecting it. Understanding and accountability go along way and when we understand the damage we can cause, we are more likely to find an alternative that is less damaging. Let’s work together to hold each other accountable for a bright future on our beautiful planet. Happy Earth Day

 

#NFT #EarthDay #Crypto #Technology

 

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[BREAKING NEWS] DMX, HIP-HOP ICON DIES AT 50

DMX (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

Confirming multiple news reports, we here at TenthLetterMediaStraight Official Magazine are saddened to confirm that DMX, Hip-Hop icon has passed away. He was 50.

DMX (Earl Simmons) was an amazing artist who rose to popularity in the 90’s with his debut album Its Dark and Hell is Hot which brought him immense critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yonkers MC would embark on a legendary career, which included 7 more studio albums.

DMX (Photo Cred: Yahoo.com)

DMX also made his presence felt in Hollywood as he appeared in several memorable films such as Belly, Exit Wounds & Cradle 2 the Grave. 

Belly (Photo Cred: Barnes & Noble.com)

DMX’s family released a statement this morning stating “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”

DMX (Photo Cred: People.com)

The Hip-Hop community as well as the world has shown an immense level of support for the Dark Man. TLM & SO Mag send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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[BREAKING] DMX IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING OVERDOSE

DMX (Photo Cred: El Comercio)

DMX is in critical condition following an overdose that has the Hip-Hop icon fighting for his life.

DMX (Photo Cred: Yahoo.com)

Confirming multiple news media reports, the 50 year old artist is currently in a hospital in New York and is in a vegetative state after having to be revived after flatlining.

DMX (Photo Cred: Complex.com)

We will follow this story in its development and give our thoughts and prayers for DMX and his family and friends.

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia

🙏🏽#PrayersUpForX🙏🏽

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Cardi B Calls Out E

Cardi B is upset about the E network publishing a life story on her without her consent. A “true Hollywood story” about her life is set to air Monday, March 15, and Cardi is not having it. On Twitter, Cardi said “My life is my story. How can someone tell my story without asking me?” Her single “Bodak Yellow” just went diamond on Monday, March 8th and she made history by being the first female artist to do so. The RIAA tweeted, “Congratulations to @iamcardib, the first female rapper to achieve a RIAA 💎 single award! #BodakYellow @AtlanticRecords.” Despite not being pleased with the E network, Cardi also tweeted “But,hey, maybe the story will be good.”

#GetSOM #CardiB

 

 

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Tidal purchased by Square: What This Means For Artists


 

Square Inc announced it would purchase a majority stake in Tidal worth $297 million in cash and stocks. This Tidal purchase by Square should be very exciting news for artists as Square will now provide financial backing to the growing streaming service. Not just in terms of financial capital, but also the financial knowhow. Artists need a team to turn their art into a business and Cash App could provide that team all in an app. Selling merchandise, concert tickets, digital albums and eventually NFT’s, will be available at your fingertips.

Who is Square?

Square Inc initially gave small business owners the power to process electronic payments using a device small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. This technology has grown rapidly over the last few years and now allows users to transfer and store digital assets such as digital dollars, stocks and even Bitcoin via the popular Cash App. Cash App quickly grew in popularity in the urban community because it allows for quick and safe electronic payments. This is to a group of people that has been historically mistreated by big banks.

What’s up with Tidal?

Founded in Norway, Tidal kicked off its music streaming service in 2014 and was quickly purchased by Jay-Z accompanied by a slew of other artists including Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and more. Tidal has over 70 million songs and was an early trailblazer in the HiFi (high-fidelity) audio streaming. This streaming service may not have nearly the amount of subscribers as Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music, but the fan base is loyal and in 2016 over 45% of them paid for the HiFi premium service. Tidal also provides a significantly higher payout to the artists compared to Apple Music and Spotify.

“We’re interested in a 360-degreee view of artists as small-business owners. Streams is just a subset of what they do,” says Square Inc’s top hardware executive, Jesse Dorogusker who will lead Tidal on an interim basis.

What this could mean for Artists?

With the development of NFT’s and Square’s purchase of Tidal, we can start to see a path for artists to regain control of their art without the dependency of major record labels. It sure is an exciting time for all creatives.

#GetSOM #Q #Tidal #Square #NFT

 

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Epic Games has bought ‘Fall Guys’ studio Mediatonic

Epic Games has bought Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys studio Mediatonic.

The collective also includes the publisher Irregular Corporation and another studio, Fortitude Games.

“Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic,” Tonic Games Group co-founder and chief games officer Paul Croft said in a statement.

“Whether it’s about making our own games the best they can be or empowering other game developers to take their content from a kernel of an idea to commercial success, we know that together we will be able to reach greater heights.”

The Fall Guys “gameplay isn’t changing,” according to Epic.

The company plans to keep investing in the hit platformer battle royale. The game is currently available on PlayStation 4, PS5 and Steam.

Fall Guys will land on Nintendo Switch and Xbox this summer.

Presumably after this deal, it will arrive on the Epic Games Store in the future as well.

In a blog post, Mediatonic said it’s hoping to bring some of the features of Fortnite and Rocket League over to Fall Guys.

Those include account systems, cross-play and squad vs squad modes.

Unlike those other two games, Fall Guys isn’t going free-to-play, at least not for the time being. Fall Guys already uses the same anti-cheat software as Fortnite.

The news comes on the same day that Fall Guys received five BAFTA Games Awards nominations.

 

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Bunny Wailer Dies At 73

Reggae legend Bunny Wailer — a founding member of the Wailers with Bob Marley — passed away early on Tuesday. He was 73.

Wailer died at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

There was no cause of death reported, although he had been in and out of the hospital since suffering a second stroke in July 2020.

“He died about 8 this morning. I’m still right here with him,” as his manager Maxine Stowe told the Jamaica Observer.

Wailer — who was born Neville Livingston in Kingston — was the last surviving original member of the Wailers.

Marley died in 1981 and Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987.

The Wailers formed in 1963 and went on to record such reggae classics as “War,” “Stir It Up” and the protest song “Get Up, Stand Up.” In 1974, the original lineup disbanded and, as Wailer left the group, Marley went on to form Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Wailer embarked on a solo career with his 1976 “Blackheart Man” album and was nominated for five Grammys, including one for his 1989 “Liberation” LP.

His first of three wins came the following year on a tribute to Bob Marley.

In 2012, Wailer received the Order of Jamaica — the fifth-highest order in the Jamaican honors systems, which is considered to be the equivalent of British knighthood.

Then in 2017, he was awarded the Order of Merit, which is the nation’s fourth-highest honor.

 

 

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Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Announce New Album

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have announced a new joint project called Silk Sonic.

The pair has made a whole album together, featuring Parliament Funkadelic bassist and funk star Bootsy Collins as a “special guest host.”

The first single arrives on March 5, with the rest of the record arriving on an as yet unannounced date.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak toured together in 2017, and the same year, they reportedly worked on material at Abbey Road with Disclosure and Nile Rodgers.

Collins issued his most recent solo record, The Power of the One, last year.

Anderson .Paak’s Ventura came out in 2019.

Bruno Mars’ last album was 2016’s 24K Magic.

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PlayStation 5 Storage Upgrades Coming This Summer

Sony is getting ready to allow for internal PS5 storage upgrades, sources tell Bloomberg. This would obviously enable PlayStation 5 owners to store even more games at a time.

The PlayStation 5’s solid-state drive has only 667.2GB available for media storage—something that has vexed, pretty much everyone!

The issue has been that games can require between 40GB to 150GB of storage. Add other media, and space can be gobbled up quickly. Moreover, using external storage space is hindered by the new console’s unique architecture, meaning PS5 games cannot be installed there, causing games to crash among other issues.

The upgrade will reportedly come through a firmware update that would add support for more drives. It will allow for higher cooling speeds, preventing overheating. Once the firmware is installed, Bloomberg explains, owners would need to remove the PS5’s cover and connect a storage device.

“As previously announced, we are working to enable M.2 SSD storage expansion for PlayStation 5. The timing has not been announced and details will be shared later,” said a Sony spokesperson.

 

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[New Music]Daddy Yankee – Problema

Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee premiered his song “Problema” this Thursday with the collaboration of Panamanian producers Dimelo Flow and BK.

The single comes at a “hectic” moment after a few weeks ago the music producer Rodney Clark, known in the art world as El Chombo, mentioned that reggaeton had died.

Paying homage to Roberto Clemente with his vintage Black & Yellow Pittsburg Pirates hat & Number 21.

This record is guaranteed to heat up the streets this upcoming spring season.

Le dio hasta abajo y se le vio el gistro (Eh)
Lo má’ cabrón que mis ojo’ han visto
Pa’ mí tú ere’ un challenge como lo’ de TikTok
Tú ere’ un problema y yo amo lo’ conflicto’

Y dice, ¡wuh! (Wuh)
Ella le dio hasta abajo y se le vio el, ¡wuh! (Wuh; ¿qué?)
De toda’ su’ amiga’ ella e’ la que má’, ¡wuh! (You know)
No’ pasa po’ el la’o y to’ dijimo’: “¡Wuh, wuh, wuh!” (Sigue, sigue, sigue)

He hit it all the way down and you saw the G-string (Eh)

The baddest my eyes have seen For me you are a challenge like the one on TikTok

You are ‘a problem and I love the’ conflict ‘

And he says, wuh! (Wuh)

She gave him all the way down and you saw him, wuh! (Wuh; what?)

Of all ‘her’ friend ‘she is’ the one that’, wuh! (You know)

It doesn’t ‘pass by’ el la’o and to ‘we said’: “Wuh, wuh, wuh!” (Go on, go on, go on)

#GetSOM Via @DJGojabean @StraightOfficialMag @DaddyYankee #Problema #DYArmy #Reggaeton #PuertoRico #StraightOfficialMagazine

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