A Stroke of “Rap Genius” – What’s Your “Music IQ?”
I’ve mentioned this site on my blog before, but today I’d like to fully describe just how revolutionary, unique and innovative the website Rap Genius is and will continue to be, as it grows rapidly. Seemingly since the beginning of the internet, one of the most sought after and popular aspects, other than porn, was song lyrics. Inexplicable as it may seem, websites based solely on listing song lyrics not only exist but do so in a way that is preposterous. Google any popular song with lyrics at the end and surely you’ll find pages and pages of the same lyrics with the same mistakes in the same places. (If you’re lucky, the lyrics will scroll at the pace of the song, just like karaoke!) Rap Genius is a revelation because you no longer have to search across the web for your favorite song, they have a database of everything you need, and, if you’re so inclined, you can add your own songs. The real game changer and revolutionary aspect of the website is the format. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing with appealing continuity throughout the site, Facebook lasts because every page is formatted in a similar manner, MySpace and shitty lyrics sites fail because they have no branding. They allow “customization” features which essentially means you get to make something look uglier because you have vastly inferior graphic design skills then, oh, let’s say, graphic designers. Rap Genius is fully customizable, but not in the way of making a shitty background, but in the fact that you can edit the content, as well as the meaning of the lyrics for every song. Have you ever listened to a song and either not realized what they said or not understood what the hell something meant? Simply scroll your mouse over the lyric and you get a full explanation. Rap Genius describes itself as so: Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics (basically the internet version of the nerd-ass “rap dictionary” dorm-mate you had in college). 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..
Not a Rap fan?
Well, that’s precisely the reason I’m here. I’ve spoken with the innovative minds over at Rap Genius and they’ve informed me about an upcoming project called StereoIQ which takes the Rap Genius format and applies to songs of different genres.
Yes, if you’re thinking to yourself, holy shit, this is going to completely revolutionize how I look at music because now I’ll have one single location to not only find every lyric I want for any song I want BUT ALSO have explanations for all of the lyrics I might have interpreted differently!?!?
I don’t promote things that aren’t myself often, but I honestly believe this idea has the chance to be “The Next Big Thing” on the internet and I’m urging my readers to discover it before all of the lames do. This is your chance to be cooler than everyone else and find out about the next big thing before it’s big. Passing up this moment could literally ruin your fucking life.
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