Rap Genius was created as a place for the public to annotate rap lyrics, so people could understand or discuss what’s going on. Over the weekend co-founder Mahbod Moghadam used the service to annotate the manifesto of mass-shooter Elliot Rodger, hours after the latter committed a massacre which left seven dead, including himself.

The nature of these posts has led to Moghadam resigning, as another co-founder, Tom Lehman, explained: Moghadam was aiming to explain the “psychology of people who do horrible things can help us to better understand our society and ourselves”, but in fact he “not only didn’t attempt to enhance anyone’s understanding of the text, but went beyond that into gleeful insensitivity and misogyny. All of which is contrary to everything we’re trying to accomplish at Rap Genius.” Quotes from Billboard.

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Dru Tyler

Owner/Co-Founder at Daily Rap News
Dru Tyler is an American entrepreneur, inventor, publicist, software engineer, investor, A&R for UMG, and a journalist. He is a co-founder of Daily Rap News the CNN of the Rap World. Dru has been publicly associated with the late Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Young Jeezy, Lil Kim and Junior Mafia and more.

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Dru Tyler is an American entrepreneur, inventor, publicist, software engineer, investor, A&R for UMG, and a journalist. He is a co-founder of Daily Rap News the CNN of the Rap World. Dru has been publicly associated with the late Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Young Jeezy, Lil Kim and Junior Mafia and more.