I first heard of crypto rapper CoinDaddy back in the heady days of January 2018, when he was featured in a New York Times article entitled “Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not.” A real-life commercial real estate manager–turned–bitcoin millionaire, CoinDaddy dressed in a white faux-fur coat with leopard-print trim, a furry white pimp hat, and Gucci sunglasses. He had some big plans, according to the piece: to shoot videos for tracks called “Lambo Party” and “Cryptomom,” the latter of which was about “all these moms [who] are pumping in their children’s savings accounts.” It was a fun parody of crypto excess. But what, I wondered recently, had become of CoinDaddy since the onset of crypto winter?
Turns out, CoinDaddy—real name: Arya Bahmanyar—is doing just fine, and adapting to the times. “I’ve been in crypto since 2013, so I’ve seen these cycles come and go,” says Bahmanyar, 29, who lives in San Francisco. “I’m not too fazed. Of course, we’re talking larger amounts of money on this recent cycle, but I take it on the chin like everybody else.” His parody songs have become bleaker and, he says, better.