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What did Eminem mean when he rapped "amoxicillin's just not real enough?" How did Queen Latifah incorporate literary references into her hit song "U.N.I.T.Y?" Genius, a website that originated as "a platform for annotating clever rap lyrics," provides answers to these questions and many more. As the mission and work of the resource continues to expand, the founding principle remains: "Every song has a story that needs to be told." On the site, readers will find a wealth of valuable resources that showcase the stories engulfed in songs. For example, users can search for a song or artist in the query bar in the top left corner to find annotated lyrics for the song supplied by contributors. These annotations provide context, anecdotes, and definitions that allow for a deeper analysis of the meaning in the music. Interested users can also make a free account to add their own contributions. It should be noted that editors will review your suggestions before deciding if it's appropriate to publish on the site. Users can also browse and contribute to other forums on the site - sounding boards for topics such as the "Most Poetic Lines and Verses in Hip Hop Music." Genius also contains several other resources. The Featured section contains trending news and topics related to the music industry. Under Charts users can browse the hottest hits of the day. In the Videos section check out educational clips such as "An English Professor Breaks Down Kendrick Lamar's 'Fear'." Genius was founded in 2009 and is enjoyed by millions of users every year, creating a space for a "collective music IQ" to transform the way we appreciate songs.
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2020-03-06

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