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Small Empires episode 002: Rap Genius

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"...And you look out on the city and you just think to yourself, 'we're going to annotate all of this. Some day, all of this will be annotated.'"

SME 002 rap genius porch
SME 002 rap genius porch

Rap Genius (née Rap Exegesis) began as a quest to understand Cam'ron lyrics. It has since blossomed from a destination for understanding and critiquing rap lyrics to an annotation-fueled machine with a quest to "explain everything" — including current events, terms of service agreements, and poetry.

Small Empires is our new weekly show that visits rising New York City startups and provides never-before-seen access to the men and women building our future. Join Alexis Ohanian as he takes a look behind the curtain at the company's Brooklyn-based headquarters and later visits poet Joshua Mehigan about his experience as a "verified" user.

Want more? Check out last week's series premiere episode with ZocDoc!