The Variorum Hamilton and Other Annotated Rap Editions: A Bibliographical Perspective on RapGenius

A.A Clarkson, J.L.M. King, J. Stankovic


Since its creation in 2009, the RapGenius platform has brought together communities of amateur enthusiasts,
known as ‘scholars,’ to annotate everything from rap lyrics to scientific papers on their online platform. Accordingly,
RapGenius provides not just a place of engagement for its users, but is a wealth of information on differing
interpretations and editions, impressions, issues, and states; authorial intent; and the surrounding social
and historical contexts of the texts. By analyzing the case study of the Hamilton annotations project, this paper
reveals the bibliographic capacity of RapGenius and the general potential of collaborative bibliography to foster
broader participation and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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