|Nothing’s Hipper Than Hip-Hop|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2004/03/24 13:39 空中美语|
Rap soon became a form of creative competition. Gang members, for example, began rapping against each other in the streets instead of doing battle in more violent ways. Afrika Bambataa, often regarded as the grandfather of rap music, was one such gang member who turned his energies to rapping and DJing. His Universal Zulu Nation group performed around New York and inspired other people to fight using words instead of violence. In addition to rapping, these“battles”often contained groups of breakdancers, who would try to outdo each other with increasingly daring and acrobatic moves.
As hip-hop grew in popularity, the DJ with his two turntables, and the MC armed with a microphone, became regular features at urban parties. Rappers would spend hours writing rhymes and practicing beats. However, they would frequently invent new rhymes on the spur of the moment, responding to both the audience and each other. This spontaneous style came to characterize rap music, and was one of the reasons it became so popular.
1.gang n. a group of criminals who work together帮派
Gangs often fight against each other in the streets of Los Angeles.
2.increasingly adv. more and more逐渐增加地；越来越多地
As the enemy army moved closer to the town, it became increasingly dangerous to remain there.
3.daring adj. involving risk and danger大胆的；冒险的
That was a very daring thing to do. You could have been killed!
4.rhyme n. a short poem whose lines end with the same sound押韵诗
The first rhyme she learned was:“Now I know my ABCs, won’t you come and sing with me?”
5.spontaneous adj. done without any planning自然发生的
When they heard the good news, the students burst into spontaneous cheers.
6.characterize v. to be a typical example of sth.成为……的特征
Pollution, violence, and poverty characterize many Third World cities.
1.Universal Zulu Nation n.祖鲁国家(简称Zulu Nation，由Afrika Bambataa于1973年在纽约创立，是一个有计划地推广各式黑人音乐文化的组织，纽约许多重量级的嘻哈艺人与团体都是这个组织的成员)
3.turntable n. (唱机的)转盘
4.on the spur of the moment idiom当下；随即
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