Apparently, some rube recently invested million of dollars in this Rap Genius website, which is basically a rip-off of OHHLA . A few months ago these characters had approached Oh Word founder Rafi Kam to do some coding work, and based on his experiences it’s fair to say that these guys are pretty clueless about hip-hop in general. When Rafi brought Dallas Penn with him to one of the meetings, the honchos insisted that he write-up an explanation for one of his rap songs, being that he was a black guy wearing Polo and Nikes and was therefore a rapper dude.
According to Rafi:
I asked Maboo if he’s the community manager & he said indignantly “Thats a title for a 22 year old asian female from UC Davis”. When I mentioned that, “I read you have a unique revenue plan that doesn’t involve advertising”, another Rap Genius honcho replied, “The secret sauce is get more investors.”
Byron Crawford (aka a “one eyed black man who works at k-mart”) posted an article titled Rap Genius has a private chat room that’s filled with racism, which was picked-up by Gawker and Beta Beat. When the Rap Genius crew were alerted to Bol’s post, they took to the chat room again and started making death threats.
Amusingly, the Beta Beat article was later updated with claims that the racist chats were the work of “hackers”, (much like the Mobb Deep Twitter beef excuse), despite already sporting a comment from someone claiming to be a moderator, who claimed: ‘These two editors (of African American descent) were “joking around” with their statements’.
Admittedly, a comment on a website is hardly concrete evidence. However a quick Google search uncovered this Tumblr post, which claimed the same story about the jesting black editors, with the added bonus of chastising Byron for “perpetuating a pretty fucked-up perception our society has about terrorism”.
I this just another case of privileged douchebags cashing-in on white people’s obsession with Ebonics? Regardless, this is the most entertaining thing that the Rap Internet has seen in years…
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