• DON'T add lyrics that are already on the site
Before adding a new song to Rap Genius always check that it hasn’t been posted already. We want to avoid situations like this:
- Wu-Tang Clan — “Method Man”
- Wu-Tang Clan — “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Album Version)”
- Wu-Tang Clan — “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Single Version)”
where annotations are split between multiple versions of the same lyrics. There’s no way to merge songs so extra copies are usually just deleted. The site loses annotations, users lose Rap IQ — it’s a mess.
Keep Rap Genius tidy:
Never add songs without searching for them first. Especially songs by major artists. The chances of your Kanye, Eminem, or Wu-Tang lyrics not already being on the site are slim.
Don’t add remixes, live versions, or radio edits with identical or near-identical lyrics to the original version. Unless there are brand new verses they’re not worth their own page.
Don’t create copies of songs just because of a problem with the original. If there’s a typo in the artist’s name or the song was added to the wrong album, leave a comment and the editors will fix it.
Note: If you come across a duplicate song on the site, don’t just explain it all over again. Leave a song comment or a forum post and it will be taken care of.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Contributor Guidelines” by Rap Genius Editors Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box