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Why should anyone care about rap lyrics being deciphered by geeks across the internet, and the geeks that just sunk $15M into it? Well, Gawker has some ideas.

Another big issue with Rap Genius is that it trades on a particular noxious brand of humor that has infected the internet for years: white people “translating” rap lyrics in arch, academic prose. The most famous examples are “rap graphs,” but there’s also things like this Twitter account, which turns 50 Cent’s tweets into “Queen’s English.” This humor has also been a staple of Bill Maher’s stand up act.

Read the full feature over at Gawker.




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