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Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
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Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony English, baby! Video Lesson
骨头恶棍与和声合唱团– 十字路口

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Date: Feb 21 2011

Themes: Celebrity, Music

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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Few artists have such a recognizable sound as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The combination of fast rapping and melody makes this hip-hop group stand out. Of course, their most recognizable song is the 1996 number 1 hit, “Tha Crossroads.”

A crossroads is when two roads meet and you can choose if you want to continue on the path you are on, or go down a new one. You have to make up your mind about where you want to get to.

After a recently concert, we spoke with founding Bone Thugs Layzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone about crossroads in life and after.

很少有艺术家拥有像“骨头恶棍与和声合唱团“一样与众不同的声音。快速说唱和旋律的结合,使得这支 hip-hop 组合崭露头角。当然,他们最为乐迷认可的歌曲是 1996 年的单曲“十字路口”(Tha Crossroads)。
十字路口的意思是当两条路交汇时,你可以选择是继续走脚下的路,还是走另外一条新路。在十字路口,你必须决定要去哪里。
在最近一场的音乐会后,我们与创建乐队的 Layzie Bone 和 Flesh-n-Bone 一起讨论了人生中的十字路口和今后生活。

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Layzie

Layzie

Jason

Jason

Flesh

Flesh

Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. We’ve got Flesh-n-Bone and Layzie Bone. You guys have a really big song called “Crossroads.” So, can you guys give me an example of a time in your life when you were at a crossroads?

Layzie:  Oh yeah, I was at a crossroads August 23rd, 1989, when I got locked up for the first time. When I got locked up, that’s when all my ideas of trying to be a rapper really came to fruition.

Jason:  You feel like right then you could have gone one way or another way…

Layzie:  I could have definitely went another way, you know what I mean. But my conviction to be something good and be something positive was like…it over-weighed everything else.

Flesh:  You don’t wanna go too deep, but you can look at the details of the song. In essence, we’re saying we’ll meet you there because it’s talking about the afterlife, the judgment that we’re talking about that you can’t hide from. You gonna meet it, you gonna see it, and we gonna be there together, is what we mean.

Jason:  It sounds like a crossroads can be in the afterlife and it can also be in life when you don’t know where to go.

Layzie:  There’s the crossroads in the afterlife. We’ll meet you there because we all have to be judged and also it’s the crossroads in life when you’re at the point in life that you need to understand things and you’ve got to pay attention and get on your business.

Jason:  You guys have a new album out too. It’s called “Uni5.” Do you want to talk about that?

Flesh:  Uni5: The World’s Enemy is out there right now. It’s in stores. It’s on the internet right now. It’s a very special album because it’s the first album that has all five Bone Thugs on it. There hasn’t been a record done in over 10 years like that.

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

Layzie:  English, baby!

Flesh:  English, baby!

 

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Layzie Bone says that the most important crossroads in his life was when he was put in jail. It was there that he decided to change the direction of his life and get serious about having a career in music.

Flesh-n-Bone explains that the song “Tha Crossroads” is about the very important crossroads of life and death. Bone Thugs believes that what happens to you after you die depends on how you lived your life, so when you die.

Can you think of a time when you were at a crossroads? How did you make up your mind?

For more with Bone Thugs, visit their website.

 

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tribalone

United States

nice piece—happy to see the diversity…

10:50 PM Sep 08 2014 |

leilahavaneh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i hope noone gets stick in life crossroads .

02:46 AM Jul 30 2013 |

alyssa-xixi

China

everyone maybe can meet crossroads , the point is how to thinking and decide.

06:52 PM Sep 13 2012 |

_NERON_

_NERON_

Azerbaijan

like

10:47 AM Jun 18 2012 |

_NERON_

_NERON_

Azerbaijan

Tongue out

10:47 AM Jun 18 2012 |

Uyghurbeg

Uyghurbeg

United States

Like

07:49 PM May 13 2012 |

go go market

Azerbaijan

i liked it

03:33 AM May 24 2011 |

protector loveing

China

......

06:20 PM Mar 23 2011 |

Hussain sweet

Saudi Arabia

very goood

02:35 PM Mar 18 2011 |

navab70

Ukraine

i dont know about

02:33 PM Feb 21 2011 |

Tila Tequila

United States

hi! how are you?

12:24 PM Feb 21 2011 |

andrespretty2

Colombia

My crossroad was one week ago, when I had to make up my mind in take like  girfriend, one of two girls that I wanted so much.   It was so difficult, but it was the corect thing.

10:50 AM Feb 21 2011 |

Elvira_av

Ukraine

I was at a croasroad when I was 15, I Had to deside where I want to live: Russia or Ukraine (with my father jr with my mother)

08:34 AM Feb 21 2011 |

andee1

andee1

China

my crossroads individually was at high school graduation and university graduation.

07:24 AM Feb 21 2011 |

icky

icky

Brazil

I really appreciate this lesson, maybe they don´t know, but this song became a huge success in Brazil and Bone Thugs have a lot of fans here. English Baby, keep bring nice interviews like this.

07:02 AM Feb 21 2011 |

sofree

sofree

China

These guys sound totally out of their mind, talking about afterlife.

Yes, the latest time I was at a corssroads was when I got two job offers. I think everyone actually has his desicion before he realize that. Just flip a coin, you'll know what you want before the coin drop.

11:56 PM Feb 20 2011 |

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