Having just crawled out of its smackdown from Google, Rap Genius is back with a new app for iOS that gives you access the site’s breakdowns and explanations on all those pop songs you just don’t understand.
The Genius app lets you swim in the all the annotations for song lyrics, poems, and news articles provided by the Rap Genius community. Once you install the app it scans your iTunes Library to prep all your song lyrics. There’s also a Shazam like function that can find lyrics for any song that’s playing around you.
The app is only available on iPhone with no word on an iPad version or upcoming support for Android, but you can grab it for free on iTunes starting today.
Here are the full release notes:
Genius, the official Rap Genius app for iOS, gives you instant access to annotated lyrics for millions of songs.
LYRICAL BREAKDOWNS AND EXPLANATIONS
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 breakd