Reasons to study rap in music lessons - The rhythm of raps is typically more complex/inventive than those typically found in sung pop music (and indeed much western classical) Raps feature different pitces, structures and timbres. Rap is specified to be looked at in aqa gcse syllabus. Rap has been best selling music globally for last 20 yrs. Lots of Students like it. Any futile and dubious inner-polemic you may be wrangling with regarding its categorisation as music is probably best ignored and put down to old age.