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Kanye Inspires New Currency and University Textbook


Palgrave MacmillanKanye West doesn’t need inspiration to display his ego, but now he has two more reasons to boast: a new currency named after him, and a university textbook inspired by his career.

A new online form of payment named Coinye will debut January 11. The creators, who say they prefer to remain anonymous, told, “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.”

They added “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 and we’ll send you 100,000 COINYE on launch. A hundred thousand. Bitcoin started small too, and now look where it’s at.”  West has not endorsed Coinye.

Kim Kardashian’s fiancée will also be acknowledged in the academic world as Wittenberg University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Julius Bailey has edited a textbook of essays called The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. According to the publisher’s website,  the book “offers an in-depth reading of the works and cultural impact of Kanye West. Looking at the moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.”

Chapter names include “Now I Ain’t Saying He’s a ‘Crate Digger’: Kanye West and the Soul Archive,” “Afrofuturism: The Visual Imagery of Kanye West,” and “Hard to Get Straight’ Kanye West, Masculine Anxiety, Dis-identification.”

The Cultural Impact of Kanye West will be published March 6 and sells for $95.

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