Rap Genius

  1. Rap Genius Co-Founder Mahbod Moghadam Resigns in Wake of Elliot Rodger Annotation

    May 26, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today resigned from the company and board of directors of the music annotation site, according to a letter posted on the Rap Genius site by its CEO/co-founder Tom Lehman. The resignation follows an annotation ...

  2. Rap Genius, Universal Music Publishing Group Strike Licensing Deal

    January 22, 2014 12:31 PM EST Rap Genius, which got into hot water last year for not having the appropriate licenses to publish song lyrics on its site, on Wednesday said it has secured a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal allows Rap Genius to bury the hatch ...

  3. The Hubris Behind Google's Demotion of Rap Genius (Guest Post)

    January 15, 2014 6:11 AM EST Chris Castle is managing parter at Christian L. Castle Attorneys in Austin, Texas. Google's attack on Rap Genius proves the company can demote websites when it suits the search giant. Rap Genius recently came in from the cold after topping m ...

  4. Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive)

    November 14, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Ge ...

  5. NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices

    November 11, 2013 1:30 PM EST The National Music Publishers Association on Monday fired an opening salvo at lyric sites that it believes have not obtained licenses to publish those lyrics, including Rap Genius, a high-flying New York startup that last year landed a $15 ...

  6. Staying Great: Guest Post by Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz

    March 01, 2013 3:01 PM EST Ben Horowitz, the writer of this guest post, is co-founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz. He was co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP, and ran several product divisions at Netscape. He serves on th ...

  7. Andreessen Horowitz Sinks $15 million Into Rap Genius Website

    October 03, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The art of dissecting hip-hop lyrics just got a $15 million vote of confidence from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm, whose co-founder Marc Andreessen helped build Mosaic as one of the first Web browsers nearly 20 ...