Rockstar Apes, now on Opensea, was developed by the Recording Artists Guild (RAG), a music association of over 20,000 indie artists / labels to bring more indie artists on chain.
Rockstar Apes, which celebrates the coming together of music and NFTs, pays homage to musical icons from past, present and future depicted as Board Apes. Bored Apes, the poster child of NFTs, have been embraced by many of today’s most notable music celebrities, including Justin Beiber, Snoop Dogg, Post Malone and more. The 10,000 NFT collection of Rockstar Apes features artists like Willie Nelson, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Elton John and more, all distinguishable by their iconic trademark features.
RAG, which was founded in 2009, has always sought to empower independent artists by helping them thrive in the ever-evolving music industry. Since RAGs inception the primary music monetization has shifted from downloads to streams. We believe the biggest opportunity for indie artists will be NFTs. We hope that Rockstar Apes will encourage more artists to create a crypto wallet, create music NFTs, and thus create new ways to engage with their fans, delivering more value for all parties.
Over the years RAG has not only worked with thousands of indie artists but also major acts like Sean, P Diddy, Combs, Skylar Grey, Matt Sorum, Warren G and many others. RAG has facilitated song placements for many of its members in films with huge stars, including Robert DeNiro, 50 Cent. Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis and more.
The foundation of what RAG offers its members includes tools to help further their career and resources to protect their personal and professional interest. The RAG members are featured in its digital magazine RAGMAG.org, are eligible for the RAG Awards, receive free medical benefits and much more.
Byron Booker, Founder and Chairman of RAG, has written, produced, and or executive produced records featuring Ray J, FloRida, Chris Brown, Brandy, Snoop Dogg and others. He has also secured 7 figure recording and publishing deals with Sony ATV and Universal Music. Not only is Byron a seasoned music executive, he’s been a thought leader in the blockchain and NFT space for years, having spoken at NFT.NYC, Audio Fest, Salesforce, DEW Expo and other conferences.
As stated on the roadmap, Rockstar Apes holders will receive VIP access to “Ape Shht”, a series of NFT music events in the metaverse and IRL. Musical guests will be tapped from RAGs vast roster of artists. Ape holders will get a free RAG membership that they can use or gift. These items alone far surpass the .08 ETH cost of a Rockstar APE cost.
On top of the utility, RAG provides additional benefits for owning a Rockstar NFT:
– Exclusive collectable art
– Re-sellable APE SHHT events and conference ticket)
– Claim free “RAG TO RICHES”! by the RAG MAG digital magazine art drops that will be sold in the future. – Early access music NFT drops – Get discounts on select future NFT drops by RAG artists
– Get access to merchandise, ETH, and gadgets, as well as occasional blue-chip NFT giveaways
The 20k RAG community or artists will have early access to the APEs. To learn more about the Rockstar Apes drop, connect with them on Twitter @aperockstars, Instagram @aperockstars, on Opensea and visit rockstarapes.com.