March 9, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) A pioneer in the Houston rap game and the Cannabis revolution, Bryan "Tow Down" Theriot went from federal prison to becoming an outspoken proponent of legalization and decriminalization and an advocate for the families of other non-violent drug offenders.
Through Dope Heads NFT, he is putting money where his mouth is.
In 2000, Theriot had a thriving music career and a major label record deal with Elektra Records. His debut video, "Country Rap Tune" featuring H.A.W.K. and Big Pokey, was a hit. Around the same time, he started a grow operation to provide "refreshments" in his H-Town studio, and quickly turned a profit. Due to Cannabis legalization being some time away, this led to Theriot, unfortunately, serving over seven years in federal prison for non-violent drug offenses.
During his time served, he came up with an idea of how to give back to his community and others incarcerated due to cannabis possession. In 2021, Theriot linked up with legendary graphic artist and original Swishahouse Creative Director Mike Frost, and the duo soon founded Dope Heads. Digital art trendsetter Johnny Kash joined the team to complete the vision shortly thereafter.
The team will donate a substantial amount of the net earnings from Dope Heads NFTs to organizations designed to help non-violent drug offenders and their families.
The idea for The Dopey Foundation sprung from the Dopey Podcast. The podcast's mission has been to create a space for addicts that deals with addiction and recovery in a nonjudgmental way that helps to end the stigma of prison and drug addiction and develops community. Much of the community has had occasion in their lives to interact with the legal system. A nonprofit organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) is currently being formed with a mission to support addicts and alcoholics in their struggles.
Dope Heads' partnership with Houston-based nonprofit Legends and Legacies is unique and offers direct aid to his Houston community. "I have known Bryan for years, and we are excited to be working with his team," says founder Marilyn Gambrell. Legends and Legacies support children who have experienced parental addiction and incarceration, and money donated will be used to hire staff to do the training the organization provides. "We will hire some of our students who are now young adults and went through our program. It is a joy to see them running the classes. Donations from Dope Heads NFTs will support our infrastructure. We will also commit to college scholarships for our children. Due to the consequences of COVID and how it has impacted our community, we will continue to provide food drives, personal hygiene items, vaccines, testing, and more," adds Ms. Gambell.
The message is underlined by partners Moon Harvest, LLC. Co-founder Marco Parada, then known as rapper Merciless, was the leader of seminal Chicano rap group FUNKY AZTECS. As with Theriot, Parada was a pioneer, not only in music but also in Cannabis, and was arrested in 2008 pre-legalization and decriminalization. He now processes hemp and creates CBDA products that promise to aid with anxiety, depression, arthritis, and recent research shows success in the fight against COVID-19. According to Parada, his participation in the Dope Heads NFT project makes sense. "I am blessed and happy to be sharing those blessings with those in need," he says.
Dope Heads NFT Divisions:
Once you mint a Dope Heads NFT on the blockchain (your Dope Head can't be copied, corrupted, or compromised), it can be used in the other two divisions of the company.
The three main divisions of the Dope Heads NFT project are:
You will be part of the creative process and have a say in the back-story of your particular Dope Head, as well as it's name and personality. Participation in the process is the "special sauce" with Dope Heads. 2% of secondary sales will go into a Dope Head fund for holders.
"We hope to make enough waves and grab enough attention with Dope Heads to make a change. To be able to bring this concept to life has always been in my psyche. We are using art to give back via blockchain." says Theriot.
Dope Heads NFT Road Map:
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