Are memecoins the new NFTs for celebrities?

As an analyst with a background in the crypto industry and a keen observer of market trends, I believe that the recent celebrity memecoin launches on Solana are both a double-edged sword for the industry. On one hand, these memecoins have undeniably added new buzz and excitement to the web3 ecosystem, attracting both mainstream attention and new users. On the other hand, they also highlight the gambling underbelly of crypto and the risks associated with speculative investments.

Mainstream celebrities have recently entered the web3 world, joining the buzz around PFP NFTs and Solana memecoins with a strong emphasis on community involvement and fleeting trends.

Memecoins have gained renewed popularity with the recent introduction of celebrity tokens on the Solana platform. This development has added an exciting new dimension to the meme-driven culture in the cryptocurrency world.

Caitlyn Jenner became the center of controversy after the launch of her named coin, JENNER, through memecoin platform built on Solana. Soon after trading began, developers suddenly sold off their holdings, causing a sharp price drop and raising suspicions that Jenner may have been involved in a “rug pull” scam.

I uncovered some troubling information in my investigation: it appears that Sahil, a notoriously deceitful individual, orchestrated the incident involving Jenner’s involvement with a memecoin. Leveraging her ignorance of the web3 realm, he insidiously assumed the role of an intermediary to reap ill-gotten gains from the unsuspecting celebrity.

Enter Iggy Azalea’s MOTHER memecoin

Within just two days of my previous action, I, as an analyst, can report that Australian rapper and OnlyFans model Iggy Azalea introduced a token under the symbol MOTHER into the crypto market. According to DEX Screener, there was a significant surge in Azalea’s celebrity cryptocurrency, resulting in over 30,000% growth and reaching a peak market cap of $30 million.

Sahil, alongside the user, introduced the IGGY coin in an attempt to capitalize on Azalea’s popularity, amassing huge sums of money through a questionable pump-and-dump scheme.

Approximately 2.5 hours ago, a new memecoin called $iggy was quietly introduced, rapidly reaching valuations of around $4-5 million before experiencing a sell-off. Simultaneously, another token named $MOTHER emerged on the market. About half an hour ago, Iggy Azalea announced the launch on Twitter, resulting in a surge to a market capitalization of approximately $15 million.

— TylerD 🧙‍♂️ (@Tyler_Did_It) May 29, 2024

I chose to step back from Sahil’s IGGY project and instead joined X Spaces to advocate for my digital currency, express my limited understanding of web3 technology, and show enthusiasm for the decentralized meme community. I view this as a risky endeavor, an entertaining pastime. The choice is yours – either engage in the game or stay on the sidelines.

Are memecoins the new NFTs for celebrities?

Good for the industry or highlighting crypto’s gambling underbelly?

As a market analyst, I’ve noticed a striking resemblance to the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) craze that swept through the crypto world in 2020 and 2021. Back then, digital collectibles consisting of 10,000 unique pieces dominated the scene. Enthusiasts and traders spent significant sums – sometimes even millions – on Ethereum (ETH) and other cryptocurrencies to acquire their share of what was then referred to as “crypto art.” This art was born from contentious illustrations and complex blockchain algorithms.

Although NFTs, specifically collections like Yuga Labs’ Bored Apes Yacht Club and Crypto Punks, have raked in over $64.6 billion in sales throughout their existence, there is growing skepticism that the hype surrounding them has faded significantly. Critics argue that the NFT market was merely a passing trend and use its recent downturn as evidence to cast doubts on the crypto industry as a whole.

As a researcher studying the cryptocurrency market, I’ve come across memecoins and have noticed that they’ve garnered significant criticism from industry experts and observers. For instance, according to, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) CTO Eddy Lazzarin examined the memecoin landscape and likened it to a high-risk gambling establishment.

As a researcher, I’ve come across some intriguing perspectives from key figures in the crypto world. Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana, has urged the developer and user community to focus on more sustainable projects rather than chasing after scams and hyper-volatile meme coins that can raise hundreds of millions within hours.

Expert opinion is divided but persistent with the launch of memecoins despite uncertainties. Approximately 500,000 memecoins have been introduced since April 1 according to Binance. Memecoins span a wide range from satirical politics like BODEN to animal-themed projects such as CATWIFBAG. These digital tokens can create financial windfalls for speculative investors and leave some participants in dire financial situations.

As a researcher exploring the impact of blockchain technology on various sectors, I believe that financial incentives will be stripped down to their core essence by this revolutionary technology. The simplicity and accessibility of tokenization and market creation through blockchains won’t make for a picturesque process, but it will undoubtedly expose what has always been present beneath the surface.

— Chris Burniske (@cburniske) May 29, 2024

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2024-05-29 20:51