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NFT BITCOIN & CRYPTO

The Metaverse is Ready for Takeoff

From creating his own NFT platform to minting his own cryptocurrency, Takeoff has become a force in the emerging industry.

If the world of cryptocurrency is to actually head “to the moon,” then having one-third of one of hip hop’s most recognizable groups on board will most certainly help.

Takeoff, part of the Atlanta-based rap trio Migos, has gone all-in on the world of NFTs and crypto, looking to benefit from the surging industry.

And he’s done more than just buy a Mutant Ape or two (though he’s done that … see right). Takeoff has gone a step further, creating his own simian-centered NFT platform, Apes in Space, drawing users in with giveaways ranging from cash prizes to an actual trip to space with the Migos rapper.

Want an Ape in Space NFT? One can be yours in exchange for one $TKOFF token, and before you ask, yes that’s his own cryptocurrency.

That’s a lot to take in. We understand that. So, here’s a breakdown of what he’s been up to:

Apes in Space

At first glance, an assumption can be made that the NFT platform Apes in Space is a copy of Bored Ape Yacht Club. But it is much more than that. Launching in December, Apes in Space is looking to build its own outer-worldly community within the metaverse. After selling out of its whitelist inventory (over 2,000 NFTs), Apes in Space was granted space in the Metaverse Sandbox. This will allow for Takeoff to realize one of his goals — to hold the biggest hip-hop festival in the Metaverse.

With this interactive a space, Apes in Space has ways for the community members and holders to express themselves. The platform has its own Discord as well as the capability for holders to make avatars and create items to be used in the Metaverse.. This will, potentially, culminate in one lucky Apes in Space NFT holder joining Takeoff on a trip into space sometime in the future.

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$TKOFF

There’s no shortage of cryptocurrencies out there, with different ones seeming to pop up every day. Heck, there’s even NILcoin, made for student-athletes to monetize their brands. But that does not remove the not-so-subtle flex that is having one’s own crypto coin.

With $TKOFF, the 27-year-old Migos member has his name in crypto in a literal way. As with paper currency, global value with crypto lies partly in where it can be bought, sold, and traded. Takeoff’s token is exclusive to his Apes In Space project, set aside for holders of the platform’s NFTs. The goal is to increase the value of $TKOFF by growing its value around the Metaverse. Literally having his own money is a part of Takeoff’s bigger vision for his place in the world of crypto.

Takeoff’s NFT Collection

Earlier in January, Takeoff bought his first Cryptopunk from Larva Labs for 95 ETH, which is currently valued at nearly $220,000 USD.

Takeoff’s most notable purchase is still the Mutant Ape. Buying into one of the most recognizable NFT communities is a huge move in the crypto world. While the exact amount the purchase went for is unclear, reports do show that entry into the BAYC could run as much as 71 ETH, or around $167,000. Takeoff having membership into the BAYC will help bolster his personal crypto profile as well as add more credibility to the legitimacy and staying power of Apes In Space.

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