Rap Genius 2.0, by Bloggerphobic
Heard of “Rap Genius?” It’s a wiki-format website where white college kids go to see what the lyrics of contemporary hip hop songs mean, and to offer their own suggestions. The idea behind it is solid: like Wikipedia, the site is certainly not always accurate, but it’s a great forum when you’re trying to piece together a song’s meaning. Or if you just want a good laugh at the expense of someone going way too far.
Today, I had an epiphany–what if Rap Genius reinvented itself with less analysis? In my vision, the website has literally no words, aside from the lyrics of each song. Rather than seeing explanations when you click on links, you would only see images of what rappers were talking about–according to the listeners, of course. It would be simple, effective, and require less of our intellect. Would you miss a lot? Sure! But who cares…
Here’s my attempted example of “Rap Genius 2.0,” carved from two songs on Watch the Throne, by Kanye West & Jay-Z.
WHO GON STOP ME
N***** IN PARIS
Psycho: I’m liable to go Michael, take your pick
Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6
(Ball so hard) Got a broken clock, Rolleys that don’t tick tock
Audemars that’s losing time, hidden behind all these big rocks
I might need to spend some more time on Rap Genius before I can confirm the accuracy of my suggestions… But if you have any Rap Genius 2.0 lines that you’d like to share, put them in the comments box! Happy Friday!
*UPDATE–as it turns out, you can’t add links to words in the comments box. If you’d like to write a Rap Genius 2.0 line or verse, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll share my favorite with the world. Maybe.