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DMX, Miles Davis NFTs Among First Collection From Melanated Gallery

The collection includes five unreleased tracks from DMX and a photograph of jazz legend Miles Davis.

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Miles Davis - Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Miles Davis - Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

A new blockchain technology company spotlighting creator equity is rolling out its first series of non-fungible tokens — a collection that includes five unreleased tracks from DMX and a photograph of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Melanated NFT Gallery, a Black- and female-owned startup in the NFT and metaverse space, is backed by marketing executive and New York Times bestselling author Nea Simone. The company’s mission is empowering creators from the African and Afro-Latinx diaspora and others who have historically been exploited, by creating an equitable platform to share and monetize their work.

The Melanated NFT Gallery features “Melanated Originals” with artwork from emerging and established creatives. MNFTG will officially reveal its first Icon and celebrity NFT collection beginning early December with a variety of drops.

December 1 marked the official launch of the DMX account on TikTok, which honored the late rap legend and promoted “X-ecember,” which will celebrate the icon all month long.

In the first video clip, DMX raps along to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which originally came from a 2012 radio appearance on New York’s Power 105.1. The Yonkers native and rapper passed away earlier this year on April 9, 2021, at the age of 50.

The news came on the heels of a Def Jam compilation celebrating his career work, DMX: The Legacy, which offers the definitive, official best-of compilation of hip-hop icon DMX. As one of the most distinctively gruff, gritty, and unabashedly emotional voices in hip hop, Legacy offers a comprehensive retrospective of his career.

This Def Jam compilation picks up soon after DMX’s return to the label and they take care to put together a representative selection of his OG party anthems and more introspective jams including: “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,’” “What’s My Name,” “Party Up,” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” “How’s It Goin’ Down,” “Who We Be,” “Grand Finale” and more. The vinyl is out on December 10.

Pre-order DMX: The Legacy.

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