For this week’s Q+A, we shine the spotlight on the blog Rap Genius. We spoke to the website’s founder, Mahbod, about the increasingly popular blog , asked about the hardest song to ever have been “decoded,” and discussed what a day of running Rap Genius is like. Enjoy.
When, How & Why did you start Rap Genius?
My boy Tom asked me about the line “80 holes in your shirt: there your own Jamaican clothes” on Killa Cam’s Family Ties – the explanation I gave him was actually wrong LOL – but somebody fixed it. THANK GOD: http://rapgenius.com/Camron-family-ties-lyrics
In your opinion, what has been the hardest song to figure out that yourself or the Rap Genius community has had to crack?
No diggity, no doubt: it’s the Lupester’s “Failure”: http://rapgenius.com/Lupe-fiasco-failure-lyrics
What albums/mixtapes have caught your attention in 2011?
Oh you mean the best year of hip-hop in over a decade? Lessee here..
My boy Kendrick’s Section 80: http://rapgenius.com/albums/Kendrick-lamar/Section-80
Watch the Throne: http://rapgenius.com/albums/Kanye-west-jay-z/Watch-the-throne
TOO MANY! I hope next year doesn’t suck to compensate..
What’s a daily routine of running Rap Genius like?
Rap Genius is like roll that shit, light that shit, smoke that shit. Also we do 500 push ups / pull ups a day and kick rhymes for sport.
Any advice to aspiring bloggers out there?
Join the Rap Genius blog family.. hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.. it’s a movement you gotta be in tune with.