This week’s big event is a financial super conference, “Futureproof,” with Hip-hop’s finest as headliners. And it sounds astonishing.
This week in Huntington Beach, some of the most prominent financial minds in the world are hosting a super conference, “Futureproof.” And this conference is designed to be an unforgettable event. The conference, widely recognized as one of the world’s largest wealth festivals, has drawn the attention of financial enthusiasts and industry experts alike. And this year, hip-hop legends Method Man and Redman will perform as honored guests to add an extra layer of excitement.
Future Proof Brings Hip-Hop to the Financial World
For enthusiasts of the finance world, “Futureproof” will be a conference like no other. While it’s not a novel concept, this year’s edition is poised to stand out. According to CNBC,
it’s an event where social engagement holds as much significance as the substantive content. And in 2023, hip-hop is set to be a defining element.
But what prompted this shift in format, and why incorporate hip-hop?
The masterminds behind the event, Barry Rithotz, and Josh Brown, were motivated by a desire to inject fresh energy into the conference scene. In the words of Rithotz,
“Audiences were growing weary of monotonous lectures and lengthy panel discussions predicting the future within the confines of massive, windowless conference centers. So, they envisioned a gathering that would be more sociable, interactive, beneficial, and enjoyable.”
And what better way to ignite enthusiasm and inspire attendees than by infusing the event with some out-of-the-box activities and the dynamic energy of hip-hop?
The agenda is remarkably innovative and promises surprises that few would anticipate. Among the diverse lineup of activities, attendees will find Seaside Yoga sessions led by a Goldman Sachs Instructor, highlighting the event’s focus on holistic well-being. There’s the “Health is Wealth Surfing” experience for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Dance enthusiasts can groove to the rhythm in salsa dance sessions. And connoisseurs of spirits can engage in the spirited “Battle of the Buds: Wine vs. Craft Beer.”
But Wait, There’s So Much More
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Attendees can also get hands-on with a pizza-making class and a sushi-making session, adding a delightful culinary twist to the conference. And for the traditionalists who crave financial insights, there’s a wealth of knowledge from esteemed speakers such as Dan Ives from Wedbush and Jeff Gundlach of DoubleLine. Also on deck are Christine Benz, Jeffrey Ptak, Ben Johnson, and Nizar Tarhun of Morningstar. While Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson of Ritholtz Wealth Management will provide insight. And to top it off, there’s a panel discussion on “Global Macro Predictions.”
Hip hop and Finance
While hip-hop and the financial sector might appear to be in different realms, they are often intertwined. Many of hip-hop’s elite artists and figures are talented musicians and astute entrepreneurial strategists with strong financial acumen. Many hip-hop artists also have diversified their income streams through ventures such as fashion lines, record labels, tech startups, and investments in various industries. This is primarily because they recognize the importance of wealth generation and financial empowerment within the hip-hop subculture and society. This extends to using their platform to promote financial literacy, encourage entrepreneurship, and address socioeconomic disparities. Hip-hop and the financial sector share common ground in their pursuit of economic success and financial empowerment. This makes it clear that these seemingly distinct worlds intersect and influence each other.
Method Man, a Businessman
Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, has earned a reputation as a savvy investor. His foray into the business world includes a notable venture in 2019 when he delved into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) by launching MEFaverse. And what is MEFaverse? According to Capitalism,
it’s a fully gamified rendition of a comic book that operates within the Web 3 ecosystem. MEFaverse is a multifaceted project encompassing aspects of eCommerce, advertising, hip-hop culture, technology, pop culture, entertainment, and music. It’s designed to provide an income stream for independent holders without relying on secondary market sales.
Furthermore, Method Man has also diversified his investments into the cannabis market. In 2020, the Wu-Tang Clan alum founded TICAL (Taking into Consideration All Lives). What is TICAL? TICAl is an entrepreneurial venture dedicated to selling marijuana to black-owned dispensaries. So, if anyone knows the importance of understanding the ins and outs of the financial world, it is Smith.
Futureproof Proof: Hip-hop and Finance Go Hand and Hand
Hip-hop is more than just music. Hip-hop is a cultural phenomenon with a pervasive influence across all facets of society. This influence is perfectly exemplified by showcasing some of hip-hop’s most influential figures at a conference dedicated to fostering financial acumen, literacy, growth, and independence. Not only is it something to look forward to, but it also promises a massive takeaway. As CNBC notes,
who knows what could happen? Maybe Method Man will announce Wu-Tang Clan is going on tour and is launching an ETF.
Written By: Renae Richardson