The boom box....I remember when I was younger; how I use to see guys walking around with these big 'ole boxes that blasted music. You would be able to hear the music from blocks down. And, I remember being so fascinated seeing these big boxes. Back then, the boom box was sort of a symbol of bad-ass swag. Crazy right? Considering that now all you see are those carrying a cute, colorful iPod. It's just not the same...
It's been what...20+ years since the devices have disappeared from the streets? Remember how the inner city kids would carry them around and play their music loud? And remember the suburban kids kept them in their cars?
Contrary to our belief, the boom box was not invented by someone from the rough streets. Nope...in fact the boom box was developed in the Netherlands. Japan had it by the early 1970s, and by the mid-1970s it was introduced to America.
By the 80's, boom boxes were as big as suitcases! And while hip-hop grew, so did the sales of the boom box. I mean...who remembers LL Cool J and his song "I can't live without my radio"? We all loved that song back in the day.
And remember the Beastie Boys adopted it as their signature.
I know many of us will not forget Radio Raheem. He had taken his "box" everywhere he went in the movie Do the Right Thing.
So you ask -- why did I even create this post? Because when I think of the boom box, I think of an instant party. People having fun and enjoying themselves. It was a time when hip-hop was exciting and fresh. But, times have changed. We now have our digital music (our iPads, iPods, MP3s) ...however, deep down we'll always have a place in our hearts for the "box".
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