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Hot! RapGenius Targeted By NMPA For Unlicensed Lyrics

Recently, has become one of the leading hip hop websites on the internet. Lyric sites have been around for well over a decade and it’s definitely help clear things up. But, hip hop is more intricate than simply lyrics that clear up words, as words in raps have multiple meanings.

Fans of Jay-Z, especially, have enjoyed and breaking down the meaning of the lyrics of several songs. The consistent breaking down of lyrics and multiple opinions on lyrics have made the site a force. As is the case, with success has come opposition and has met it’s rival.

The NMPA came out with a report today and they are targeting several sites for being unlicensed to share lyrics. is one of the sites on the list and it has received its notice. There are fifty other sites who are being targeted and were sent take down notices.

The owners of have released an official statement in regards to the papers filed against him.


Read the statement from below:

Rap Genius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory said his New York company had not heard from the NMPA, “but we can’t wait to have a conversation with them about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project.”

Zechory added, “Rap Genius is so much more than a lyrics site! The lyrics sites the NMPA refers to simply display song lyrics, while Rap Genius has crowdsourced annotations that give context to all the lyrics line by line, and tens of thousands of verified annotations directly from writers and performers. These layers of context and meaning transform a static, flat lyric page into an interactive, vibrant art experience created by a community of volunteer scholars. Furthermore, music is only a small part of what we do. Rap Genius is an interactive encyclopedia for annotation of all texts – anyone can upload and annotate texts relating to music, news, literature, religion, science, their personal lives, or anything else they want.”




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