One of the world's very first memes...one of the world's most famous memes... is going up for sale as an NFT!
Ten years ago, on May 25th, 2011, YouTuber MrDeshawnRaw, posted a video titled "The Rap Battle [Parody],” the first installment of a popular series of satirical Youtube videos, parodying battle rap. The series consists of a rapper named Supa Hot Fire battling multiple rappers, which has included special guests: Soulja Boy, Chris Rock, Mute Spitta,Timothy DeLaGhetto, Hopsin and more.
The Rap Battle Parody video gained over 62 Million views in less than two years before being deleted in 2013. It has since gone on to garner more than 2 billion views through re-uploads as internet users took creative license using the original video clip and sound recordings to dish out screengrabs or GIFs to express themselves.
For those unfamiliar, much of the humor in the meme is derived from the spectators’ exaggerated reactions in favoring one rapper over another, which is fairly common in rap battles where home advantage applies. The result was a trendsetter, leader, and visionary for memes to follow.
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A one-of-a-kind NFT featuring Supa Hot Fire vs B- Bone: the most famous scene in the series where two "rappers " battle amongst a crowd. The climax peaks with Supa Hot Fire handing his rival B-Bone a piece of paper, before slapping it out of B-Bones hand and saying "I broke up with my ex-girl. Here's her number."
"SIKE! THAT'S THE WRONG NUMBER!"
As people around him cheer, Supa Hot Fire casually turns to the camera, while his friend clutches his face in exaggerated shock. The few seconds of reaction has become one of the world's most famous memes, with the internet adopting this viral clip/sound recording as a dramatic reaction - becoming a means of saying "OHHH, OMG, GOT YOUU."
Fans fell in love with the video, the concept, and the overall energy given by the crowd and the witty content that Supa Hot Fire provided. The video, now over a decade old, still remains an iconic piece of internet meme history. YouTuber WavyWebSurf said in a 2020 video, “The reaction is one of the biggest GIFs of all time that people still share today.”