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Websiterapgenius.com
Blograpgenius.com/blog
Twitter@rapgenius
CategoryMusic
Employees
Founded8/2009
DescriptionThe Internet Talmud

Offices

NYC HQ
184 kent ave #c702
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
USA
RG West
6343 via Escondido drive
Malibu, CA, 90265
USA

People

Co-founder
Co-founder
Co-founder
Board member
Not an Investor

Funding

TOTAL $16.8M
FUNDING TOTAL $16.8M
Seed, 6/2011
Y Combinator
Seed, 8/2011
betaworks
$1.8M
Venture Round, 10/2012
Andreessen Horowitz
Alexis Ohanian
AF Square, LLC
$15M

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Rap Genius

Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics.

You can listen to songs, read their lyrics, and click the lines that interest you for pop-up explanations – we have thousands of canonical rap songs explained (2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z – even the beginning of the Torah..).

Our aim is not to translate rap into “nerdspeak”, but rather to critique rap as poetry.

Anyone can create an account and start explaining rap. Highlight any line to explain it yourself, suggest changes to existing explanations, and put up your favorite new songs.

If you make good contributions you’ll earn Rap IQ™, and if you spit true knowledge, eventually you’ll be able to edit anything on the site.. just like a hip-hop Wikipedia..

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Rap Genius screenshot
Above: Rap Genius Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 10/3/12
Rap Genius screenshot
Above: Rap IQ
Uploaded: 10/4/12

Sources

  1. These Guys Might Actually Be Rap’s Geniuses (wired.com) [edit]
  2. How Rap Genius Raised $1.8M in Seed Funding Without Knowing What We Were Doing (news.rapgenius.com) [edit]
  3. Andreessen Horowitz Invests $15M In Text Annotation Startup Rap Genius (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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