Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

8 people think this is good

Rap Genius's Removal from Google is a Lesson for Web Startups to Grow Naturally

Rodrigo Mejia

Rap Genius was founded in 2009 as an online library for hip-hop heads to gather and break down lyrics to their bones, line-by-line. Started by three Yale students, the website attracted more than 1 million unique visitors daily, until Google manually removed the site from its search results (go ahead, search "Rap Genius"). Penalized for breaking Google's webmaster guidelines, their daily site traffic has plummeted to 200k in a week's time, a lesson for all web startups to read the fine print.

Continue to



  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • Jsnlcouture

    I really liked Rap Genius, i thought that it opened a new perspective and perception for lyrics. R.I.P. but definitely a missed resource for knowledge and creativity.