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Spotify's 'Genius Annotations' Are Painfully Obvious And People Are Cracking Up

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Back before the days of YouTube, people would have to watch music videos on TV, believe it or not.

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Now if you wanted to request a video, you'd have to pay a service called TheBox, call it in, and they'd charge your credit car $2 for three music videos or a dollar for one. Otherwise, you'd just watch MTV, BET, or VH1.

VH1 would play older songs a lot of the time, which didn't make it too popular with the younger crowd, but I personally loved it because of one program: pop-up video.

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The show wasn't anything special: they'd play popular music videos and little infographics with factoids about the artist, the video shoot, or the song, would appear on-screen. It made watching the videos a little more interesting, and helped to get more mileage out of played-out tracks.

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So when I first saw the "Genius" annotations on Spotify, I was immediately brought back to my pop-up video days and a smile crept up on my face. Pretty soon though, I was smiling for a different reason. Because a lot of the annotations were unintentionally hilarious.

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Like, thanks for the memo, Spotify.

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People can't believe that there are teams of people out there who are writing copy for these song annotations.

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Because aside from being blatantly obvious, many of them are so unnecessary.

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And you can tell when you've got a different writer. Clearly this person has a much higher standard when it comes to being being a granular, grammar nerd.

Like this religious-themed, deep read into some of Drake's lyrics in "Passionfruit."

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Other writers don't care that much for the Toronto-born rapper.

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Some of the annotations get "deep emo" out of nowhere - and people are delightfully confused.

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There are just little comic gems wherever you look.

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People can't get over how savage they are too.

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Some of the factoids are just there to blow up artist's spot.

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Looks like the P-I-M-P 50 Cent critic is back at it again.

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There's even anime-meme reference facts. What won't the genius annotations randomly talk about?

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There's never a dull moment.

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Ahh, just like the good old days of "pop-up video," but somehow, even more amusing.

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