RapGenius is a popular crowdsourced website sometimes dubbed, “the hip-hop Wikipedia.” It helps users discover the meaning of hip hop lyrics, through annotations and interpretation generated by the community.
Since the site is known for calling its users scholars, the new look extends this idea but focuses on the juxtaposition of a scholarly voice with the misconceived “low-brow” reputation of rap & hip hop lyrics. The redesign takes it so far back to the roots, it surpasses the visual vernacular of original hip hop, and instead to the original scholars and age of enlightenment. The new logo references Victorian anatomy drawings.
RapGenius is essentially a massive database of information that could easily get overwhelming. The new user experience allows knowledge to be accessible and straightforward, allowing us to get lost in information, without being lost. This manageable excessiveness feeds the innate addiction to knowledge and the website's goal to "annotate the world."
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*As of 2015, RapGenius is now renamed to just Genius. It is now dedicated to annotating lyrics of all genres, primary source documents, poetry, novels, religious writing, news articles, and all other forms of text.