Violent music, misogynous music, unrefined music, naive music etc. Or is it that rap music is just misunderstood? If a large proportion of the world’s youth identifies with rap music and hip-hop culture, maybe the question is much more complex than that. « You go to cinema and you see people shooting and then you listen to NWA and we consider them as violent » (KRS One, on 1994). Is rap music a scapegoat?

Starting with this preconceived idea of rap, we are going to explore what rap aesthetics is based on. Is rap a global and homogenous phenomenon or the opposite, something more heterogeneous? In order to answer this question, we have to break down the meanings of everything so as to better our understanding and then reconstruct. Furthermore, is it likely that beyond its plausible hybridisation, rap aesthetics could converge and go as far as influencing other domains? In view of the massive developments within this music, particularly the considerable growth of and the influence of the Internet, the question seems more than legitimate.