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"Going Nuts" - Cool Nutz

"Going Nuts" - Cool Nutz English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jul 12 2010

Themes: Music

Grammar: Adjectives

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They say that to be good artist, you have to be a little crazy. A little insanity helps you be creative.

Well, Cool Nutz has some of the most creative rhymes around. He’s been a part of the west coast hip hop community for more than 15 years, making hits with people like E-40.

Cool Nutz is cool. His music is hip and people like him. You can also say he’s cool because he’s level-headed and calm. He raps slowly and thinks carefully about his words. He’s a father, too. But being cool is only half of what Cool Nutz is about. Watch our interview with him to find out what it means to be nuts, and to meet Cool Nutz’ newborn baby.

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Jason

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Cool_Nutz

Cool_Nutz

Jason:  Alright, welcome to English, baby! I’m Jason, here with Cool Nutz. We’re going to learn about the phrase today “going nuts.” Your name is Cool Nutz, and it’s because you’re both cool and you’re nuts. A lot of people who are learning English might know what “cool” means, level-headed and something that’s good is something cool. But what does “nuts” mean?

Cool_Nutz:  I mean, “nuts” can be used a bunch of different ways. Either like, “he’s going nuts” meaning he’s going crazy, or like totally insane nuts.

Jason:  What does it mean for you? How did you get that name, or pick that name?

Cool_Nutz:  You know, I’m not like Snoop Dogg, but then I’m not like Busta Rhymes. So I felt like I’m the in between. So I’m cool, but I can be nuts. So, like, I can have high-energy songs but I can have songs that are mellow.

Jason:  Another meaning of “nuts” though is, like, is to be bothered by something. You know, like, “oh that drives me nuts!” And so you just finished an album, and so I was wondering if there was anything when you were working on that album that drove you nuts?

Cool_Nutz:  I would have to say just, maybe not being able to get the record out at the time I wanted to because I had too much going on. And in a good way because I had a lot of positive things going on. From, like, going overseas to going on tour. That at times drove me nuts to not be able to sit down and get the record all the way complete.

Jason:  You have a brand new son, less than a week old. What’s his name?

Cool_Nutz:  Maximillian.

Jason:  Maximillian. And so, how’s being a new parent?

Cool_Nutz:  Man, sleepless…

Jason:  Is there anything about it that’s driving you nuts?

Cool_Nutz:  Just when he gets hungry and all the crying he does. You know, that drives me nuts, but, in another term, you know, it was nuts watching him being born.

Jason:  Can I get you to give me a high five and say “English, baby!”

Cool_Nutz:  “English, baby!”

 

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Cool Nutz explains that he’s not as mellow as Snoop Dogg, who is famously relaxed and cool, but he’s also not as crazy as Busta Rhymes, who is famously nuts. He’s a combination of insane and relaxed. That’s why he’s Cool Nutz.

When you say a person is nuts, it means he or she is crazy. Someone who is “going nuts” is acting particularly crazy right then. But being a little nuts can be a good thing. A lot of artists make a living being nuts!

But if something drives you nuts, it means it bothers you and you don’t like it. Cool Nutz recently finished a new album and wanted to release it as soon as possible. However, he had to wait, and waiting drove him nuts.

Maximillian is Cool Nutz’ brand new son. He says being a father is cool, but sometimes getting up in the middle of the night to take care of his baby drives him nuts. Although he likes being a father, he doesn’t always like that part of it.

Are you more nuts or cool? Is there anything in your life right now that’s driving you nuts?

Buy a CD or download of Incredible, the new album by Cool Nutz here.

 

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chamer05

Philippines

hi

01:26 AM Jun 24 2011 |

afufu

China

I believe I am much more cool. That doesn't mean I am not funny, I got my own sense of humor. Most of the time I try to act more mature. Because I want to be a buniness man. To build my own company is my dream. So, I am supposed to be calm and serious.

As I mentioned last time, I got a new job this month. Right now, I am still not very good at it. It's kind of driving me nuts. There are just too many things to learn. But that's OK. I will survive.

07:56 AM Nov 25 2010 |

muha87@inbox.ru

Tajikistan

Thats rrelly cool Nuts.

but i check this chat sometimes i can see many interesting thing over here.

So good luck nuts.

10:43 PM Aug 25 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm good,I can say that I'm cool sure because I'm really quiet and I deal with things quietly :)

What is driving me nuts now? I really want to set up my flat and money is little! hihihi So I have to wait the right moment :P

05:13 PM Jul 30 2010 |

blueskypunk1990@gmail.com

Myanmar

I'm more nuts.My father  has a brand grandson last month so he said he does not love me anymore.He loves his grandson so much.It is driving me nuts.

06:08 AM Jul 17 2010 |

napan nasurin

Thailand

Thanks! This is the first time of me for going nuts means. I am always going nuts but don't know well the meaning ….

05:25 AM Jul 17 2010 |

aunglawkeeshein

Myanmar

Honestly I don't know much about rap or hip hop as it seems like I'm more into Rock and Rand B rather than the rest of the kinds of music . But I have to admit that sometimes Rap is somehow like a good friend for me when I am down or when I want to get off my chest from pressure . That's a good thing and I like it now . Still need to learn how it looks like more … but even I don't like it so much I listen to it sometimes and somehow I see myself enjoying it and shaking my body …

10:01 PM Jul 15 2010 |

katebe

United States

He's an famous rap singer, whose first big hit was "Gangster's Paradise".  He's also in a lot of American movies.

06:11 PM Jul 15 2010 |

zoebaby

zoebaby

China

to be nutz gonna be cool.but anyway,you can’t drive ppl nutz…

12:58 AM Jul 14 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

cool phrase !!!

11:57 AM Jul 13 2010 |

m_mahboob

m_mahboob

Pakistan

I m level-headed and cool

I listen to mellow music and hip hop is not my type

 

When I explain things to someone and he/she does not follow it properly and making mistakes frequently that drives me nuts

03:54 AM Jul 13 2010 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

i think im cool. well, waiting for a big news that has delayed to come out drives me nuts.

03:42 PM Jul 12 2010 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

it is really kind of cool nutz!

 

12:45 PM Jul 12 2010 |

oalkathiri

oalkathiri

United Arab Emirates

thanks for this lesson i am trying to know more about this singer "Cool Nutz"

12:35 PM Jul 12 2010 |

Geovane

Geovane

Brazil

This is a amazing lesson!

I like!

 

 

11:05 AM Jul 12 2010 |

amado

amado

Jordan

nuts…

nice im gonna use it from now on ?

10:29 AM Jul 12 2010 |

faatoma

faatoma

Kuwait

some times i'm nuts & some times i'm cool
i'm nuts when i playing & i'm cool when i go out of the home

08:06 AM Jul 12 2010 |

Alice Johny

Italy

At times I am nuts, at times I am cool.There is a lot of things in my life right now that is driving my nuts, I dont know how to mention them.

07:36 AM Jul 12 2010 |

Lorik

Kazakhstan

Explainme, please

What does Snoop Dogg mean? Is it name of person or of band?

07:11 AM Jul 12 2010 |

Lorik

Kazakhstan

Sorry, explain me, please 

What does it  Snoop Dogg mean? Is it name of person or name of band? 

 

06:59 AM Jul 12 2010 |

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