If you’ve ever been left wondering just what in the hell certain artists are saying in their songs, Rap Genius has a solution for you. The website, which clearly explains lyrics and what they mean has launched an iPhone app, know simply as Genius. The app lets you find explanations of songs as well as pulling relevant historical information and news, and identifies songs playing in the APple Music app to provide translation from artist speak to plain ol’ English.
Rap Genius identifies songs of any genre, not just rap as its name implies. The app touts song recognition features similar to those of Soundhound and Shazam. It’s not limited to music either, providing famous speeches, movies and guides to literature such as the Bible.
Here’s the description of Genius from the iTunes App Store:
Have you ever been confused by a song’s lyrics? Or wondered what your favorite artist meant by a line? Now you’ll never have to worry about this (or anything) ever again! Genius breaks down lyrics with line-by-line annotations, many contributed by the artists themselves.
Explain cryptic lines
Reveal references and inside jokes
Define unusual terms
Break down technical aspects of songs
Give context—how does a song fit in with the artist’s other work? With the genre as a whole?
FIND LYRICS FOR ANY SONG THAT’S PLAYING AROUND YOU
Just hold your phone up to the music, activate our Genius Recognition Technology™, and lo, the annotated lyrics appear!
FIND LYRICS FOR ALL THE SONGS IN YOUR ITUNES LIBRARY
THERE IS MORE TO LIFE—AND THE GENIUS APP—THAN LYRICS
Genius isn’t just a music app; it’s your pocket guide to human culture. So whether you’re looking for the true meaning of a line from The Great Gatsby, a breakdown of President Obama’s latest speech, or a guide to Matthew 25, we’ve got you.