The New Yorker’s music critic just quit to work for Rap Genius

Sasha Frere-Jones, the veteran music critic who has worked for The New Yorker for the past decade, is leaving the magazine to serve as executive editor for Genius, the startup formerly known as Rap Genius. The site was founded by three Yale graduates in order to explain hip-hop lyrics to people who could not understand them. Genius has raised $ 56.8 million since launching in 2009.

The New York Times says Frere-Jones will focus on “annotations of music lyrics.” Genius could use the help.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see familiar names from an atrophying field like print media switch over to the startup sector. Tech is the only industry that feels like it will still be able to get funding in the next five years, regardless of…

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