Lyrics Annotation Site Genius Poaches Longtime New Yorker Music Critic Sasha Frere-Jones


Genius, the startup formerly known as RapGenius that began as a place for crowdsourced rap lyrics and now provides a platform for people to annotate everything from songs to historical texts, has scored a high-profile new hire: Renowned New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones.

The New York Times was the first to break the news on Sunday evening, reporting that Frere-Jones will join Genius as an executive editor. In an interview with the paper, he said he will be looking to hire three to four more media and music industry experts. He’s quoted as saying, “My remit is going into the lyrics site and building a team… [to work toward] that Twitter moment when suddenly the smart kids stop holding their noses up in the air and they take part, and it just improves.”

It’s a big loss for the New Yorker, but a huge coup for…

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