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 theRap 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 thatScarface’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.