it's a good one too. i think it's because the generation that developed it, and the generation that continued it was a fisher-price generation. most of this generation was given some ugly ass little bright colored electric piano and if you pressed a button, some stupid little beat would start playing and then you could pound away on the keys and make noise along with the beat. then the parents told the child (who smiled with pride at his musical creation) that the music was so good and nice. then the kid grew up and went to a studio and pressed a button on a keyboard, which made a beat. then he got someone who knew a few keys on the piano to come add some overtones, and then they spoke some "poetry" about some girl's ass into a microphone. it was fresh, new, and appealed to everyone who grew up being praised for their firsher-price sonatas. some people say it was an extension of the jazz thing. i bet dizzy gelespie would turn over in his grave if he were labeled as having contributed to the construction of this cRAP. please, jazz musicians used instruments. if anything, the whole jazz thing turned into rock and roll. i think there is some good rap out there.... somewhere.... rarely.... maybe one song.... or two. hard to come by tho.