1. 49. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Total - “One More Chance”

    It’s funny when we call rap lyrics complex because they aren’t!

  2. 48. Puff Daddy feat. the LOX, Lil’ Kim & the Notorious B.I.G. “It’s All About The Benjamins (Remix)”

    Cool flippancy about inner city gun violence.

  3. 47. The Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy”

    People actually write this stuff. People actually think this stuff.

  4. 46. 50 Cent feat. Snoop Lion & Young Jeezy - “Major Distribution”

    20 lbs ain’t weight!

  5. 45. Future feat. Casino - “Karate Chop”

    Codeine is an opiate and a band, but it is most certainly not a brand of cough syrup.

  6. 44. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - “Thrift Shop”

    [insert aerial jerk off motion]


  7. Though there are criteria for contribution and annotations are vetted through a hierarchy of contributors (like Wikipedia), it doesn’t necessarily matter how trivial or pointless Rap Genius annotations are. As with any monetized database and interactive web archive, the more entries there are, the better. As the Rap Genius Genius Tumblr shows, the appeal for many users seems to be using a cool social networking app and gaining “points” than contributing to an ever-expanding body of scholarship. Many “explanations” aren’t anything more than unnecessary rephrasings of otherwise very straightforward (or purposefully nonsensical) lyrics, animated gifs, snarky commentary, and most troublingly, ill-informed armchair generalizations of the type typically found in YouTube comment sections. One would think that Scarface’s “My Block” would be straightforward enough to resist further explanation in the first place, let alone one that inserts violence, drug abuse, and poverty where they were not mentioned, or even tacitly referenced. It’s troubling to think that such superficial translations exist on a site that for thousands is viewed as a playground for “firsties” while for many others is viewed as an authoritative encyclopedia.

  8. 43. Drake - “Started from the Bottom”

    Presented without commentary.

  9. 42. Jay-Z & Kanye West - “New Day”

    These lines openly reveal what is known as “a joke.”

  10. 41. A$AP Rocky - “Long Live A$AP”

    Harlem, land of opportunities (to go to jail? Oh.)

  11. 40. El-P - “The Full Retard”

    Painfully obvious Jay-Z and Kanye West reference or tangential, nonsensical tip of the hat to an obscure 1970s New York serial killer?

  12. 39. T.I. feat. Andre 3000 - “Sorry”


  13. 38. Chief Keef - “Kay Kay”

    Sorry, “stunting” does not mean “talking about how much of a baller you are.” God, y’all some broke boys.

  14. 37. Drake - “Thank Me Now”

    Drake is “deep enough to swim in”? Is this some kind of ass eating joke? 

  15. 36. Beastie Boys - “Gratitude”

    What is this I don’t even…