Music professor: Because rap musicians can work alone in a recording studio, they need not accommodate supporting mus...

Meredith on October 16, 2019

Choice E

What's wrong with E?

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Victoria on October 17, 2019

Hi @Meredith,

E is incorrect because the music critic does not directly challenge each of the claims made by the music professor.

The professor claims that rap is individualistic and non-traditional because: (1) rap musicians work alone; and (2) learning to rap is not as formal as learning an instrument.

By comparison, the music critic claims that rap is more traditional and less individualistic than the professor claims because: (1) rap uses bits of older songs; (2) the themes and styles of rap have developed into a tradition; and (3) rap musicians do not perform solely idiosyncratically, but conform to public preference.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

APS on August 15 at 11:40PM

But doesn't the music critic challenge each of the notions of tradition and individuality and presents claims contradicting the music professor.

Emil-Kunkin on August 17 at 02:59PM

The critic challenges the conclusion that rap is idiosyncratic and nontraditional, but doesn't actually engage with any of the support that the professor gives for it. That is, the critic doesn't actually refute the ideas that rapper work alone or that it's informal. rather, the critic offers two completely independent reasons to disagree with the profs conclusion, but not the profs reasoning. This is a good match for E.