by Mahbod Moghadam at 8:08 PM
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As founder of Rap Genius, I often find myself fielding the question, “So, Maboo, what was the motivation for starting the site?” I usually tell people “Jesus told me!” or some other bullshit, trying to be funny, but also because the ACTUAL motivation for starting the site sounds like a joke. The reason me and my cofounders Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory decided to build this site was, simply, to meet our (then) favorite rapper, Killa Cam’ron!

We never intended for “Rap Exegesis” (as it was originally called) to turn into a huge business like Genius with a bunch of employees and major funding from Ben Horowitz and Dan Gilbert and other major capitalist ballers. We never intended...