New Verified Authors on Rap Genius!

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Since we kicked off our Verified Author feature in January, authors across a whole slew of genres have used Rap Genius as a place to connect with fans and comment on their writing. Culture critic, political essayist, and hip-hop scholar Michael P. Jeffries, whose new book Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America debuted last month, is only the latest writer to annotate his work for us.

Back in January we featured our first Verified Novelist, Adam Mansbach. Best known for the satirical children’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep (a New York Times #1 bestseller in 2012), Mansbach is also a novelist whose books Angry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews scrutinize race, culture, and family in America. He dropped the first chapter of his latest book, the “graffiti revenge” story Rage Is Back, on Rap Genius along with annotations galore. He also appears in our latest “Outside the Lines” podcast.

Also in January, Joshua Mehigan, author of The Optimist, became our first Verified Poet by explaining his melancholy tribute to Michael Jackson.

Other outstanding poets soon followed Mehigan’s lead. Legendary spoken-word artist Saul Williams, whose work straddles the genres of rap, slam poetry, and arguably even rock, broke down his famous track “Grippo.”

Meanwhile, Baltimore poet Katherine Robinson explained her mind-bending outer space romp “Girl Dancing With Planet Orbiting Two Stars,” which is really three poems in one.

George Green, whose first collection (Lord Byron’s Foot) recently won the New Criterion Poetry Prize, riffed on his poem “Bangladesh”, a reminiscence about Dylan, methheads, and the madness of the ‘60s. The poet laureate of Rhode Island, Rick Benjamin, contributed notes on the real-life backstory behind his poem “Before Making Love They Compare Scars.”

Benjamin wasn’t the only one brave enough to bare scars. Stephanie Schroeder commented on an excerpt from her harrowing memoir of bipolar illness, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. Comic memoirists have joined us too: Dee Simon broke down a chapter from Play Something Dancy, his account of strip club DJ'ing in San Francisco in the early 2000s.

Last but not least, two gurus—one in the field of strategy and self-improvement, the other in business and technology—dropped their insights on Rap Genius readers. Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The 50th Law (co-written with 50 Cent), annotated the introduction to his new book Mastery. (As a bonus, he did some 50th Law annotations too.) And tech consultant, business adviser, and TV host Shelly Palmer graced us with his Digital Wisdom.

We’ll be featuring plenty more authors and annotations in the weeks to come. If you’d like to break down your book on Rap Genius, drop us a note…