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The Closing of the American Ear

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Even so, it's as unfair to dismiss hip-hop on the basis of one or two subpar tunes as it is to declare jazz worthless because of Kenny G or to dismiss country on the basis of Billy Ray Cyrus. There's value in every kind of music, and learning about as much of it as possible can be a mind-expanding experience that can help enhance understanding and ease the very sort of intolerance that is growing at such an upsetting rate in American society.

It's naive to think that this situation would change substantially if only people would look beyond their own musical backyards. Then again, if those barriers were broken down, who knows how many others would fall?

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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