Rap Genius changes its name to 'Genius', announces embeddable annotations for websites

Rap Genius launched nearly five years ago with one mission: Break the mold of lyric sites and create accurate, in-depth annotations and explanations of popular songs. Even though there was a temporarily set back by an exile from Google for SEO spam, the site resurged and began expanding into other categories -- among them poetry, rock, and literature -- all while keeping the Rap Genius name.

But today, following an announcement from Rap Genius' cofounders, the highly-praised annotation site has confirmed that they are rebranding into 'Genius': an all-encompassing text annotation site with a focus not only on rap, but on rock, news, art, and even sports.

In a blog post, the founders commented on this rebranding, saying:

It’s simply not possible to create a website that annotates rap alone, just as it’s not possible to create a website that annotates any individual slice of human culture—because no slice of human culture stands on its own. Thus, starting today, “Genius” is the new name of the grand project,born from rap’s rib, to annotate the world—and of the platform and company we’re building to enable it

Perhaps more interesting is Genius' ambitious new endeavor which, while only sparsely discussed, has the potential to drastically change the function of many websites: tools that allow any webmaster to embed and annotate text on their site. The concept could be useful for places like Wikipedia, where in-depth theories might benefit from simple explanations, or even news sites, where in-text references to previous events could be annotated to explain how they relate.

Genius recently raised $40 million in a fundraising round including several high-profile investors (Marc Andreessen among them), and while the full extent of the site's ambitions may have yet to be realized, the founders and investors hope to eventually capture the spirit of their motto: 'annotate the world'.

Source: Genius.com 

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Hellcat_M said,
Does rap and genius even go together? Its like military intelligence, to words combined that don't make sense.
We have a word for those things: we call them oxymorons.

The site just ran out of rap lyrics. All the mainstream rappers sound like material taken from mother Goose song books.

Real ish.
Canibus
Levitibus..

I harness The power of the chakra
with remote reviewing in the darkness describin what I see in the process
stone statues surrounded by neolithic objects
ceoglyphs on the pompa
a dose of the palamine, niggaz will feel like a dream
the dreamstate is the playground for the supreme
critics attempt to follow a trend
today they call me a Charlotten but tomorrow I will be a God of men
to create a universe all I need
is 1000, trillion, trillion degrees
so with 22, betatrons in the cloud chamber
keep the noise down so I don't arouse my neighbors
got a message from the falcon in the snow man
another note in a Coca Cola can
showed the whole planet in coded program
enrypted by a pro-scan modem with a lowband
hold up, let me load it in

"

wetworker said,
The site just ran out of rap lyrics. All the mainstream rappers sound like material taken from mother Goose song books.

Real ish.
Canibus
Levitibus..

I harness The power of the chakra
with remote reviewing in the darkness describin what I see in the process
stone statues surrounded by neolithic objects
ceoglyphs on the pompa
a dose of the palamine, niggaz will feel like a dream
the dreamstate is the playground for the supreme
critics attempt to follow a trend
today they call me a Charlotten but tomorrow I will be a God of men
to create a universe all I need
is 1000, trillion, trillion degrees
so with 22, betatrons in the cloud chamber
keep the noise down so I don't arouse my neighbors
got a message from the falcon in the snow man
another note in a Coca Cola can
showed the whole planet in coded program
enrypted by a pro-scan modem with a lowband
hold up, let me load it in

"


seems somebodys jealous