You can make this ridiculous song about Vitalik Buterin as a free NFT
The crypto community has historically graced certain male founders with reputations so epic they border on myth – from Bitcoin The creator Satoshi Nakamoto to the once strange FTX founder and “crypto savior” Sam Bankman-Fried, to the mysterious Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, whose multi-billion company cannot be found on a map.
Yet none of them have yet been equated, in a rousing Eurodisco dance track, with the Empire ending, mythic well equipped Russian mystic and holy man Rasputin. That changed this week with “V Buterin”, an exciting single inspired by Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin – and the track is available as a free NFT via Web3 music platform Sound.xyz.
Pseudonymous Sound.xyz co-founder Gigamesh and Ben Jones, co-founder of Ethereum scaling solution Optimism (who now apparently goes by “Weird ETH Yankovic”), have teamed up to bring the world an uplifting Vitalik-themed single in the vein of Boney M’s 1978 hit “Rasputin.”
“Twas born a brilliant man, in Russian for long ago”, the song begins. “He dropped out of school with a perfect 4.0.”
From there, the song goes on to chronicle Buterin’s meteoric rise to build the Ethereum network and earn the adoration of the crypto masses. Copious adjustments have been made from the original track, of course; while the “Rasputin” chorus described the shadowy tsarist hypnotist as “lover of the Russian queen,” “V Buterin” is now, presumably as a compliment, “Ain’t no Charles Hoskinson.”
Why does this song exist, you might ask? On Monday, Sound.xyz announced that it is expanding beyond the Ethereum network to offer Optimism compatibility, in a move designed to lower fees for artists who want to sell songs on the blockchain and earn revenue directly from fans in the process.
To commemorate the occasion, the founders of both projects collaborated to create the “V Buterin” track and launch it, via Sound.xyz, on the Optimism network. So far, more than 27,000 are free NFTs of the song is marked, and the estuary will continue until June 19.
Community members ate up the track, with one Sound.xyz user hailing the track — praising Buterin (and his father, no less) as a “total Chad” — as a feat of music-making.
“You’re the only guy I know who can revolutionize the future of music and still lay down a massive remix,” the user told Sound.xyz co-founded Gigamesh.
“I think you might be giving me too much credit,” Gigamesh answered.