As crypto, NFTs and metaverses become more popular, multiple celebrities have jumped on board the interlocking technologies. Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg is one of those very celebrities, one so entwined with the tech that he has a virtual world dedicated to him in the Sandbox Metaverse.
The beloved rapper has been criticised for his prominence in the crypto space. However, with the disappearance of multiple songs from the artist’s Death Row Records on streaming services, fans are getting even more worried.
Is Snoop Dogg delisting music?
Reported by Atlanta Black Star, multiple iconic albums from Death Row Records have been deleted from streaming services. Albums such as Snoop’s debut album Doggystyle and Dr Dre's The Chronic are no longer available on services such as Spotify. All early releases, minus that of the late Tupac Shakur, are now missing.
Last week, Snoop Dogg announced that Death Row Records would be moving from traditional music releases. Instead, the rapper and producer explained that the label would become an “NFT label”. Dogg said:
“Death Row will be a NFT label. We will be putting out artists through the metaverse. Just like we broke the industry when we was the first independent to be major, I want to be the first major in the metaverse.”
With music now being taken away from listeners, fans are worried that Death Row will be abandoning traditional music steams. Additionally, many are concerned that these albums will only be available in NFT form.
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Fans are (obviously) upset
Snoop Dogg’s decision to move Death Row Records away from traditional music platforms has not gone down well. While the artist hasn't confirmed any plans to resell the delisted music as NFTs, fans are already worried about that possibility.
One fan, Twitter user Iamwyrrus, took particular offence at the delisting of Death Row Records albums. In an enraged tweet, they said:
“So, thanks to Snoop Dogg promoting NFT sh-t and making Death Row Records an NFT record label, all the releases except 2Pac's, will be removed from Spotify and so on. This is actually bullsh-t, that means no more Dre's Chronic on Spotify. NFTs need to die, f—king stupid movement.”
Another fan, Twitter user ChefSeffW, echoed the sentiment, expressing their anger at the delistings. They said:
“Very cool of Snoop Dogg to turn Death Row into an NFT label and take all their legendary albums off of streaming services for no reason. I love not being able to listen to my favorite classic rap albums. I hate music actually so this is just f—king awesome. Thank you, Snoop Dogg. “