The name of Rap Genius’ first mobile app — Genius — may signal the company’s continued move away from only covering rap music and toward its stated quest to annotate all of culture. With Genius, which launched in late January, users can dissect the latest State of the Union as well as their favorite Kendrick Lamar song. Similar to the website, the app has a broad, searchable catalog of user-annotated lyrics as well as poetry and news verticals. The home page displays the top 15-20 items in each category and has a search function fixed at the top. Tapping an annotation brings the user to a new page, as opposed to the pop-up boxes that the Web version uses, which would be cumbersome on a mobile screen. Annotated songs have SoundCloud links (if available) at the bottom of their pages, but the music stops if the user wants to browse the rest of the app. Each page shows its total number of views as well as how many users are viewing it concurrently. In a nifty move, Genius has the ability to scan songs in a user’s iTunes library and match them with annotated lyrics. (This feature isn’t yet compatible with other streaming services like YouTube or Spotify.) Another great new feature is the Shazam-like Genius Recognition Technology that can identify songs in a user’s surroundings and match them with annotated lyrics. The user interface of the app is simple, intuitive and maintains the look and feel of its parent website. In the midst of Google’s recent punishment of Rap Genius for back-linking, the Genius app helps legitimize the often-controversial company-and presents another way to eliminate some of its dependence on Google rankings.