From Rap Genius To Law Genius?

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Could a hip hop website give birth to the next go-to website for lawyers? One attorney turned entrepreneur thinks so.

MAHBOD MOGHADAM: My name is Mahbod Moghadam and I'm one of the co-founders of RapGenius. I went to Stanford Law School. I graduated in 2008 and I worked at Dewey and LeBoeuf.

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Could a hip hop website give birth to the next go-to website for lawyers? One attorney turned entrepreneur thinks so.

MAHBOD MOGHADAM: My name is Mahbod Moghadam and I'm one of the co-founders of RapGenius. I went to Stanford Law School. I graduated in 2008 and I worked at Dewey and LeBoeuf.

After taking Dewey's deferral year, he started Rap Genius with two friends. The site allows anyone to annotate the lyrics of rap songs.

MOGHADAM: Anything that's orange has been explained. If you go to a Kanye West song everything is orange.

In October, the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, invested $15 million in the company, and Moghadam set his sights on law.

MOGHADAM: Our friendship with Ben Horowitz started because he really likes rap. His nickname, that he came up with for the site, is the Internet Talmud, so he instantly saw the promise of the site for legal analysis.

Legal documents like the Constitution and Marbury versus Madison are already posted, so they can be annotated just like a Kanye West song.

MOGHADAM: It really is the reinvention of the printing press; maybe I should say it's the reinvention of the footnote.

He hopes to create a new site called Law Genius that might become

MOGHADAM: something that every man can use to do a pretty serious analysis of legal texts.

But Moghadam’s dreams don’t stop there.

MOGHADAM: As someone who’s worked, albeit briefly, at a law firm, that would be my dream come true – if we can become the Web 2.0 version of Lexis and Westlaw.

It may sound farfetched, but some pretty heavy hitters in Silicon Valley have his back. Don’t bet against the Benjamins.

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