I like listening to Kanye West, but most of the times I don’t know the meaning his raps. Genius is here to give me some context.

Genius lets you recognize songs and see the lyrics inside the app. And to set itself apart from MusixMatch and SoundHound, Genius gives you a contextual background to the tunes.

On the main screen, you will the songs you recently played on your iPhone. You can play the songs stored on your device right from the app.

There’s also a list of tracks “hot on genius”, that enables you to watch a YouTube video and sing along with the lyrics.

Genius app

To get some context to what you’re singing, tap on one part of the lyrics to see the meaning. This feature is perfect for understanding rap and complex songs.

On the top right corner, you will find a button to identify songs that are playing in the proximity. Genius also takes songs from SounCloud that you can karaoke right from the app.

The Android version of Genius is quite different. There is no “Recently played” button on the main screen and, although there is a microphone button on the top right corner, I couldn’t use it to identify songs.

In both the Android and iOS versions, share songs on Facebook, Twitter and by email using the sharing option on the top of a song. Download Genius for free for iOS 7 or later and Android 4.1 or above.

What do you think of Genius? Let me know in the comments section below.