Our very own Answers.com rap!

Get this — Answers.com has its own rap! How many other websites out there can say that?

The catchy beat was recorded recently by Flex Mathews. Our former product manager Shaya met Flex in 2010 at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. At the conference, Flex and his partner-in-crime, Kosha Dillz, started a freestyle rap after a panel discussion. Shaya took notice of the talent and asked if she could record the two freestyling the next day.

“I got the official idea to write the Answers.com song after seeing the video that Shaya made,” he said.

Turns out Flex was already a fan of Answers.

“I discovered Answers.com about four years ago when I worked a desk job at Walter Reed Army Medical Center,” he said. “I just used the site to look up the definitions of certain words, but didn’t start to use it as a actual information site until about two years ago. I have never gotten any wrong information from Answers.com, so I guess you can say that is what I like the most about the site. I really enjoy the staff as well.”

Well, we really enjoy y-0-u, Flex. We’re so honored to have you record a rap for us!

Pop in your headphones and listen to it right now:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F28281270 The Answers.com Rap by AnswersDotCom

A big thanks to Unreal Production who produced the music for Flex to rap over. Want more of Flex Mathews? Follow him on Twitter, check out his blog, YouTube channel and download some of his music here.

SXSW coverage at Answers.com and beyond.

Are you attending SXSW this week? Are you wishing you were there? Are you wondering what I’m talking about?

Answers.com has an SXSW Q&A category just for you.

Learn all about South by Southwest, the annual Music + Film + Interactive event in Austin, Texas. This year the conference/festival started on March 11th and will run through March 20th.

You can get the ‘best of’ the Interactive part of SXSW by our very own Product Management greatness, Gil Reich. Check out his SXSW review: Best of SXSW Interactive 2011. You can also find out how last week’s SMX West stacked up.

Answers.com (may have) saved Scott Stead’s life.

That’s right. Answers.com not only prevents forest fires (or something) but we saved blogger/writer/idea machine Scott Stead‘s life with our information on breathing fire and building flamethrowers (that’s right). Scott was going to attempt the feats and decided his ‘sticky bits’ weren’t worth torching after reading up on the art on Answers.com.

Here he tells his not-so-fiery tale to Shaya at SXSW:

Answers.com @ #SXSWi

Can I get a “Helloooo Austin, Texas!”

Our very own Shaya (@pickleshy) is running around SXSW Interactive with tons of Answers.com gear to giveaway. If you’ve been answering @Answersdotcom‘s tweets and getting prizes for it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t been – well, only 2.5 days left!

Shaya reported a bit on what she’s seeing and hearing at SXSW and here are a few snapshots to piece together… Oh, and the following statement that Shaya will have to explain at some point:

“Crowdsurfing sheep, flame-throwing buses, robots that play music, random random random (and ppl who call it stochasticity). Nearly saw a terrible rehashing of the super bowl Janet Jackson event during a slightly slutty soul sistas karaoke performance.”

Bag o’ giveaways in transit to Austin, Texas.

Getting the interactive on.

Lego A-burst!

Moose dude.

Answers.com sticker pole dance.

Sticker makes its mark.

The one and only Shaya!

Stay tuned for more tales from Texas later this week…