• Icons of Hip Hop Erick Sermon and David Strickland Introduce the NFT Collection

  • Erick Sermon, an iconic American rapper, musician, and member of the hip-hop group EPMD, will make his NFT debut in collaboration with artist and record producer David Strickland and The NFT Agency.

    The NFT collection honors Sermon’s illustrious and legendary hip-hop career. It will include six NFTs with original artworks designed by Strickland, who is well-known for his work on classic hip-hop and R&B records over the last two decades. In addition, he received three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his critically acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The NFT artworks in the collection represent some of Sermon’s most glorious and memorable moments as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad, and as a solo artist.

    “I have a large body of work in hip-hop, and I’m excited about this new digital medium,” Erick says. “I am excited to share that I will be releasing a collaboration with David Strickland.” I’ve been watching this guy grow up, and this is an example of that. He was always there for me, ready to work, no matter what. NFTs have changed the game. Digital Def Squad.”

    Sermon and Strickland both released new music, and the NFT collection will also promote Strickland’s most recent single, Messenger. Sermon, Toronto rap veteran Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature collaborated on the song’s production. Sermon also recently appeared on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most talked-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II — alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem.

    Sermon’s NFT collection will be available on the Crypto.com NFT marketplace on October 20. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society will receive a portion of the proceeds.

    Joe Conyers III, Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT at Crypto.com, is ecstatic to welcome Sermon and Strickland to the platform.

    “Erick Sermon is a hip-hop legend with a long and illustrious career, and he’s one of the few who continues to release timeless music that still resonates today.” The work he’s doing with David Strickland is both conceptually and artistically interesting, and the cause they’re supporting is both important and timely. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide them with a platform for this collection,” he said.

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