Sasha Frere-Jones Leaving The New Yorker To Join Lyric Annotation Site Genius

January 12, 2015 5:10 PM

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The New Yorker's veteran music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is leaving the magazine to join Genius, a website devoted largely to annotating popular song lyrics, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Though the site originally launched as Rap Genius in 2009 -- billing itself as a forum where users could annotate verses from their favorite hip-hop tracks -- in recent months the company has shortened its name while broadening its scope. In July 2014, Genius raised $40 million in the hope of one da...

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