Alexander Hamilton and Satoshi Nakamoto engage in a battle rap debate on the merits of centralized and decentralized currencies. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win bitcoin. (Yes, we’re serious.)
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Before we begin, everyone do me a favor,
And read a little thing I wrote called the Federalist Papers.
I explain how a nation’s unlikely to survive
Without a strong central government to keep it alive,
When I launched the central bank, Jefferson called me ill,
Now you have my face to thank on every ten dollar-bill.
When America was cash-strapped, I pushed past that,
Now some sicko makes crypto and our nation backtracks?
Decentralized currency. Yes, I invented it.
I’m sure many governments wish they had prevented it
Their national cash is how they keep control,
But freedom to the people was my ultimate goal.
Am I a pseudonym? A group of men? It doesn’t even matter.
I invented Bitcoin cause fiat is a disaster.
A man from Japan or a damn hologram?
I’m the reason open season on crypto began.
Does anybody know what this crypto-thing means?
To me, sounds like the new Get Broke Quick scheme,
A bunch of fools from across the land
Investing in something they don’t even understand,
Buying Litecoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash,
It’s all gonna crash, and be gone in a flash.
All this unsupported money’s an irrational prank,
And I’ll be laughing all the way to my National Bank.
Hahahahahah, yeah dude, super funny,
As if banks these days still helped people make money.
The rich get richer and we follow like we’re all sheep,
The banks serve Wall Street, crypto serves all streets,
The interest in crypto’s on rapid ascent
What’s your current interest? Half a percent?
I’m sorry, the bank’s gone past its peak
But I want info encrypted, not hacked and leaked.
If this crypto system will be our salvation,
It needs to be centralized, needs regulation.
If our central database gets… how you say, “hacked?”
Insurance will just make a case to get your money back.
‘Cause in fact, it’s tracked, and the money leaves a trail.
Central currency is strong, cryptocurrency is frail.
Untraceable money — wow, so clever.
One typo in your address? Now it’s gone forever…
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Host: Gift of Gab / Blackalicous
Alexander Hamilton: EpicLloyd
Satoshi Nakamoto: TimothyDeLaGhetto
Hamilton posse: Will “V” Randolph, Kaila Love
Satoshi posse: Adesha Adefela, Johnny Rice
Satoshi rappers: Lesley Toche, Michael “Inverse K”, RyanNicole, Ari “Hashbrown”, Frak
Delegates: Ash Hicks, Kaiy Watts, Rachel Morrison, Carlos Andrickson, Kimberly Hollkamp, Edward Ewell, Rodney Jackson, Marcelo Pereira
Executive Producer: Reid Hoffman
Producers: Ian Alas, Beau Lewis
Writers: Reid Hoffman, Ian Alas, Frak, Beau Lewis, Seth Brown
Director: Beau Lewis
DP: Peter Furia
Music by: Alex States “AMS”, Will “V” Randolph
Mix/master by: Fai, Deep H20z
Assistant Director: Frak
Assistant Producer: Theo Hollingsworth
Camera: Tyler McPherron
BTS camera / edit: Steve Flavin
Gaffer: John Dannenfelser
Grip: Donovan Gats
Art department: Jackie Scott
Art department: Paul B
Walkies: Patrick Dunnam
Casting: Ken Savage
Slate: Tyler Lim
PA: Sharissa Wright
PA: Kalani Ruidas
Special thanks to Erik Torenberg, Alexandra Weiss, Elisa Schreiber, Kaitlin Durkosh, Greg Beato, Saida Sapieva, David Sanford, Fernando Gallegos, Ryan Galvan, Khristian Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Andrew Montesano, Rachelle Diamond, Ivan Cash, Conrad Kisunzu, Charles Morgan, Travis “Organik” Fleetwood