What is Rap Genius?

Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap, R&B, and soul lyrics. You can listen to songs, read their lyrics, and click lines that interest you for pop-up annotations – we have thousands of canonical rap songs annotated. From the legendary 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, to new stars like Vic Mensa and Lil B, we’ve got you covered.

Our aim is to critique rap as poetry..

Who writes the annotations?

Anyone can! Just create an account and start annotating. You can highlight any line to annotate it yourself, suggest changes to existing annotations, and even put up your favorite songs. If you make good contributions, you'll earn Rap IQ™, and if you share true knowledge, eventually you'll be able to edit and annotate anything on the site.

How do I make verified annotations on my own work?

Whether you’re a rapper, producer, or both, sign up, add your rhymes, and claim your verified account! Once you have a verified account you can join artists like A$AP Rocky, Nas, Chance The Rapper and Rapsody who are using Rap Genius to break down their art. You can see the whole list of verified artists here.

Who runs the site?

Everybody! Our most talented and dedicated contributors moderate the site. They are:

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