Over the last year, Rap Genius has tussled with music publishers over rights, Google over online marketing tactics and just about everyone else after a co-founder posted a distasteful commentary. He was quickly booted from the company.
But, despite the turmoil, Rap Genius had developed a platform that effectively combines knowledge and opinion from multiple sources. Now the site is expanding beyond rap with Genius.com, a grand project, born from rap's rib, to annotate the world."
Genius does for everything what Rap Genius did for Rap," wrote early investor and rap aficionado Ben Horowitz of Andreesen Horowitz. Rap Genius will continue alongside Rock Genius, Lit Genius and other knowledge communities, as part of the new Genius.com hub.