August 21, 2013
Rap Genius threatens to rape Chris Weingarten in his mouth
This is nothing, really, but it's interesting to me in that it shows just where Rap Genius draws the line (and the fact that Rap Genius draws a line at all, for that matter), and how things seem to have changed at Rap Genius since my beef with them way back in the dark ages of this past fall, as documented in Infinite Crab Meats, which dropped in February.
Legendarily cantankerous SPIN editor Chris Weingarten, the guy who once reviewed a thousand albums in a year on Twitter, pointed out that the Rap Genius explanations for Three 6 Mafia's "Put Cha D in Her Mouth" were very "informative" (scare quotes his). Someone using the Rap Genius Twitter account responded that they were going to rap him in his mouth, cuz.
Sam Biddle from Valleywag, who's always looking for ways in which free speech can be curtailed, reached out to my main man Mahbod Moghadam, who says he has no idea who wrote that tweet, because so many people have access to the Rap Genius Twitter account, and the password has since been changed, which is the damnedest lie that's ever been told, and which reminds me of some of the bold-faced lies he told the New York Observer and other media outlets back when it was revealed that Rap Genius has secret racist chat rooms where people were joking about rape during slavery long before there was such a thing as a #HarrietTubmanSexTape.
There's no way that wasn't Mahbod Moghadam.
The offending tweet has since been deleted, as has a tweet with an apology, and I clicked through Weingarten's tweet to the Rap Genius page for "Put Cha D in Her Mouth," and I notice there's not a single annotation, which would lead me to believe that whatever was there yesterday -- probably more mouth rape jokes, possibly with some sort of racial and/or slavery element -- has also been removed.
The thing is, how do you annotate a song like "Put Cha D in Her Mouth," which I'll admit I'd never heard of until just now (when I say I'm an expert on rap music, of course I'm only referring to the small percentage of rap music I consider valid), but the lyrics don't sound like they're steeped in metaphor, and really, I'm at a loss for why they would need to be explained in the first place -- it's the same point I made about Rap Genius in Infinite Crab Meats: if it's obvious enough that someone who uses Rap Genius can explain it, it doesn't need to be explained anyway; in the rare case when a rap lyric might need to be explained, no one who uses Rap Genius would be capable of explaining it.
I'm actually more concerned with the fact that Rap Genius issued an apology -- at least temporarily. This is new for them, and it just goes to show whom you're allowed to offend, and whom you'd better not offend, or else. I don't recall them apologizing for shit, back when they were joking about raping black women during slavery, threatening to kill me, calling the dark skinted Indian fellow from Das Racist a burnt cigarette, so on and so forth. They mentioned the magic r-word, and all of a sudden they're deleting tweets, apologizing, deleting apologies, lest someone realize they've got something to apologize for, and probably deleting annotations. Do the rap experts get to keep their Rap IQ (TM), if their annotations had to be flushed down the Rap Memory Hole? I notice Combat Jack's BFF Power Bottom Shawn was the one who explained "Put Cha D in Her Mouth," and now I'm really curious about what it said. Nullus.
Valleywag's Biddle reached out to Rap Genius investor Ben Horowitz, Young Jeezy fanatic and son of Southern Poverty Law Center-certified racist David Horowitz, for driveby activism purposes (does Moghadam have any endorsement deals he can get dropped from?), but apparently he's out of the office. Something tells me he wouldn't give a shit anyway.
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