Today on the internet, there is an interview with Erik Nielson, a professor of literature and hip-hop at the University of Richmond, on the subject of rap lyrics being used against young men of color in criminal trials across the country. Nielson has written about the phenomenon and has served as an expert witness for defense attorneys hoping to convince juries that their clients are not violent criminals based on lyrics they may or may not have rapped.
In 2013, the lyric-explanation website Rap Genius rebranded simply as “Genius,” and announced that it would try to annotate not only songs, but poems, essays, and news articles. Three years later, the startup has become a flash point in the panicked and disingenuous hustle to scrub the internet of unkindness, which has since gotten confused with “abuse.”
Is this what passes for genius these days? Oh man, gotta get from this short-ass perch to right there—right there—on that carpeted floor. Better rearrange the whole goddamn bed situation. Guy probably needs crampons and a hundred feet of rope to get back on the bed.
Yesterday, the MacArthur Foundation released the winners of its “Genius” grants for 2015, and among the chemists (William Dichtel), sociologists (Matthew Desmond) and set designers (Mimi Lien) was one Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic writer and author of several acclaimed works in this year alone. For the first time ever, you’re allowed to call Ta-Nehisi Coates a genius.
There's only one person in the world capable of making the lyrics to R. Kelly's shag songs even sexier, and that's Benedict Cumberbatch.
We've all been there.
If there is one common current that runs throughout all of humanity, it is that everyone Googles themselves all day, every day. Humans are vain creatures! Copywriter Alec Brownstein used this fact to get a job via Google AdWords.