Rap Genius Cofounders Dismiss Concerns Over Racist Content in Editor Chat Rooms [UPDATED]

After looking into the matter, cofounder Mahbod Moghadam initially claimed it was the work of hackers, but now says it was abuse of a loophole on the site.

Earlier this afternoon, Byron Crawford, founder of the hip hop blog The Mindset of a Champion, posted what he claims are screenshots of a private chatroom for editors of Rap Genius, a website that crowd-sources explanations for rap lyrics. The images show two Rap Genius editors posting incredibly offensive racist statements as another editor asks them to stop. In his blog post, Mr. Crawford described the highly disturbing statements as “Toure-style erotic slavery fanfic.”

The screen grabs were sent to Mr. Crawford by a verified artist or contributor (Rap Genius’ term for vetted users and hip hop artists), “who’s upset with [Rap Genius] for whatever reason.” The only editor present in the screengrabs with a verified account is Locksmith, the user who objected to their hateful comments.
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Rap Genius Cofounders Dismiss Concerns Over Racist Content in Editor Chat Rooms [UPDATED]