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Why Andreessen Horowitz is investing in Rap Genius

Rei Wang

I often wonder how the Internet would have turned out differently if users had been able to annotate everything – to add new layers of knowledge to all knowledge, on and on, ad infinitum. And so, 20 years later, Rap Genius finally gives us the opportunity to find out. It's an ambitious mission, and one we are proud to get behind.

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  • Jeff Nelder

    For fans of Rap, this will be fun and valuable for both individuals and the larger community. For fans of knowledge this is an awesome case study. Larger communities are a terrific resource for adding dimensionality- as seen in many crowd-sourced projects. Society loves Amazon's reviews- I can only imagine how much society will appreciate the potential of universal annotation.

  • Cara Kitagawa-Sellers

    I'll admit it - before reading this I had thought there was a direct causal connection between Ben Horowitz's love of rap and Andreessen investing in Rap Genius. It sounds like the investment was a far more interesting decision than that though. I'd be interested to see how Rap Genius expands its reach now that it's got some more cash.