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Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, fashion designer, head of the record label good Music, and founder of creative content company donda. West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, continuing to attract both praise and controversy for his outspoken persona.
Raised in Chicago, where he became involved in music as a child, West eventually dropped out of art school in the 1990s to pursue music. He first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, producing hit singles for musical artists including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson with a distinctive style of production that utilized high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs. Intent on pursuing his own career as a rapper, he released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. His middle-class background and style deviated from the then-dominant "gangsta" persona in hip hop, and he would later embrace a variety of different styles and musical genres as other artists adopted his alternative aesthetic. He followed his debut with the baroque-inspired Late Registration in 2005, and the electronic-tinged Graduation in 2007. West abandoned rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808s & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations, he released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.
West has collaborated with a range of figures in music, fashion, and the visual arts. His work as a fashion designer includes multiple collaborations with brands such Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C., and Adidas. An outspoken celebrity, West has often been a source of controversy as a result of his outspoken appearances in public, including his pronouncement that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live benefit broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He is married to American television personality Kim Kardashian.
West is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age. Time named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005, 2011 and 2015. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list; two of his albums feature at #1 and #8 in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010–2014.
West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
|Born||Kanye Omari West
June 8, 1977 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Residence||Hidden Hills, California, U.S|
|Occupation||Rapper record producer
|Home town||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Kim Kardashian (m. 2014)|
|Labels||Very GOOD Beats-Roc-A-Fella-Def Jam|
A Bitcoin-clone up to no good hijacks the Kanye name, much to West’s chagrin. The lawyers says cease and desist, but nothing happens (basically) Here’s 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.
While many sources have (understandably) described Coinye West as a
Bitcoin-clone or being “Bitcoin-like,” this is true only superficially.
Sure, in terms of functional properties (peer-to-peer, decentralized)
this is true, but the more accurate comparison is to Litecoin, since
Coinye (as seen above) uses the Scrypt algorithm, NOT SHA-256, what
Bitcoin uses. As I’ve pointed out earlier regarding Dogecoin, this is
actually highly important since Scrypt coins are not susceptible to
being mined by powerful, purpose-specific Bitcoin equipment, generally
referred to as ASICs.
Just to break these deets down a bit more: Coinye West (or KanyeCoin to put it simply) will have a total of about 133 billion coins, each block will contain 666,666 KanyeCoin (or to use the symbol COYE). The blocks will get harder to mine every 12 hours to prevent the coin from being too quickly mined.
“Given Mr. West’s wide-ranging entrepreneurial
accomplishments, consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Mr.
West is the source of your services,” wrote Brad Rose, a partner at
Pryor Cashman LLP, which has previously worked for West.
Hoping to keep pace with the self-assured, brash West, the techies aren’t backing down. Instead, they are moving up Coinye’s release date to as early as Tuesday night. Looking for surer footing, they changed the name of the currency from Coinye West to just “Coinye” and moved their website from a .com domain name to one registered in India.
Now, the programmers could very well eat some major legal dust for
their transgressions, but in terms of Coinye, Coinye Coin, KanyeCoin,
whatever you want to call it, it just plain doesn’t matter.
Here’s why: there’s nothing anyone can do to take Coinye down, short of exploding the internet. Essentially, like all cryptocurrency, Coinye is mined using certain cryptographic properties, distributed to miners, and will inevitably be traded on exchanges where people can trade Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrency) for Coinye. Legally speaking, the team would have to chase 1000s of miners that they would struggle to chase on laughable legal grounds (trademark infringement).
The long and short of it is this: the creators of Coinye may be sued, but this won’t affect the usability of Coinye, at all. Period.
The Coinye Coin subreddit is ridden with posts angry at the way Coinye
has been handled. This means that Coinye coin MAY be dead in the water.
It definitely bodes poorly that the developer is trying to “give back”
at this point.
For a bit of layman’s explanation into what pre-mining is, imagine that creating a cryptocurrency is like making a digital gold mine. Basically, if the mining is fair, information about when, how, and where to mine is freely distributed and everyone can start mining at the very first section of the mine, known as the first “block,” essentially a section for mining. A pre-mined coin means that information about how and when mining was to happen was suppressed or deceiving so that once the mining community is aware of a coin, miners are not starting on the first block, but rather a much later block, meaning that the coin was unfairly mined. So, how late was the initial block that the mining community was given access to Coinye? According to one thread, VERY LATE:
Opened up the client the minute it launched, it starts me off on Block 2000. Seriously? That’s 2000*666,666=1,333,332,000 premined coins. Oh well.
Recall that there are only to be 133 billion Coinye EVER, so that means ~1% of the total was unfairly mined, according to this user. This means that people are pissed off and will be less inclined to mine the coin and give it attention and praise, at least within the crypto-community. Still, it does appear that this is false or at least overstated. The maker claims that only .37% of the coins were pre-mined.
Boding poorly even more son on Coinye, someone apparently registered Coinyeshop.com, and after finding out about Coinye’s shady practices decided to switch back to mining Dogecoin, undermining the coin even further. It appears that at present, one can’t do anything with Coinye, but it is probable that if the coin becomes publicly traded, some suckers will invest in it and Coinye miners will be able to cash out profitably.
While the list of Cryptocurrencies continues to get bigger and bigger every day, Coinye is hardly the first gimmick-based coin, it’s just the first to incur the wrath of a celebrity. Time will tell if this coin is even as successful as Dogecoin, which I highly doubt.
|Date of introduction||January 7, 2014|
|Inflation||Limited release, production rate before this limit re-evaluated with the production of every block (at a rate of approximately 1 block per 90 seconds) based on the difficulty with which COINYEs are produced, eventually leading up to a final total of 133,333,333,333 coins.|
|Method||1 reward is released per block found. Rewards halve every 100K blocks.|
Coinye: We're really not sure how Kanye is gonna react to this. We hope he loves it, but if he doesn't, he really isn't someone we want to piss off.
Coinye West is a cryptocurrency for the masses. Bitcoin is for hardcore money-hoarders, and Dogecoin was more for the internet-meme crowds.
Our goal with Coinye West is to make it easier for people to use cryptocurrency. Right now, it's kind of a dark art for people to mine coins. We plan on releasing a front end to the "mining" programs called CoinyeMiner. It will make things a lot more simple and people will be able to make their own coins. We're working round-the-clock to get everything going as smoothly as possible.
Basically, people’s computers try and figure out math problems. Hundreds of them work together and when there’s a payout, about half a million coins get released from a block, and they get shared between everyone who helped open them. They then get paid out to a wallet, which is a software that people will keep on their computer. They can send or receive coins from there, sorta like Paypal.
We chose to represent Kanye because he is and always has been a trendsetter, and he's always keeping things unique. I can picture a future where Coinye is used to buy concert tickets, with cryptographically verified virtual tickets, and other ideas I can't give away just yet.
Coinye will also give people a chance to share. We will be giving away Coinye West to users upon launch. It will get people who are on the fence interested and help them to start using the currency, and we hope they'll share it with their friends, too.
We'd love if Kanye named dropped Coinye. I think he's gonna love that there’s a CURRENCY named in his honor. We don't want to pay him off to name check us, but it'd be sick if he does so. In-fact, we're making an open invitation to Kanye: Get hold of us at coinyewest.com and we'll send you 100,000 COINYE on launch. A hundred thousand. Bitcoin started small too, and now look where it's at.
F that. I think Kanye's got a shot at the presidency, and we'll fund it with COINYE.