Come on everybody let’s all get down! Remember the good old days of Hip Hop that involved DJ’s scratching and mixing live on records? Remember the good old days when we would wait Friday night for Ryan Cameron and Gregg Street’s mixes; it was the only time you could get the jams of the week recorded on your cassette tapes. Do you remember purchasing cassette tapes to make mix tapes of the hot music of the day?

Do you remember the good old days of HIP HOP?

Check out my back down memory lane Throwback Thursday Hip Hop List powered by Kellogg’s Froot Loops below.

1. Boombox: a common term for a portable cassette or CD player with two or more loudspeakers and a carrying handle. Also known as a ghetto blaster, jambox, boomblaster, Brixton briefcase, and radio-cassette. A boombox is a device typically capable of receiving radio stations and playing recorded music (usually cassettes or CDs, usually at a high volume).

Many models are also capable of recording onto cassette tapes from radio and other sources. Designed for portability, boomboxes can be powered by batteries as well as by line current. I used to use my boom box to record mixes on Friday nights powered by Ryan Cameron on V-103 and then Gregg Street. ATLANTA stand up!

The boombox was introduced to the American market during the mid-1970s. The desire for louder and heavier bass led to bigger and heavier boxes; by the 1980s, some boomboxes had reached the size of a suitcase. Most boomboxes were battery-operated, leading to extremely heavy, bulky boxes.


2. Cassette Tape: is a magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback. Compact cassettes come in two forms, either already containing content as a pre-recorded cassette, or as fully recordable “blank” cassette.

Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music, first alongside the LP record and later the compact disc.

Compact Cassettes consist of two miniature spools, between which a magnetically coated plastic tape is passed and wound. These spools and their attendant parts are held inside a protective plastic shell. Two stereo pairs of tracks (four total) or two monaural analog audio tracks are available on the tape; one stereo pair or one monophonic track is played or recorded when the tape is moving in one direction and the second pair when moving in the other direction. This reversal is achieved either by manually flipping the cassette, or by having the machine itself change the direction of tape movement and head respectively (“auto-reverse”).

My first Hip Hop tapes included DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ and Young MC’s Stone Cold Rhymin’. I wore those little tapes out! I moved on to Kilo Ali, Snoop Dogg, and OUTKAST. ATLANTA STAND UP!

3. Beat Boxing: is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Also known as beatbox, beat box or b-box it may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Beatboxing today is connected with hip-hop culture, being one of “the elements”, although it is not limited to hip-hop music.

We used to take turns beat boxing in class. Who remember doing this?


4. Walkman: The original Walkman introduced a change in music listening habits by allowing people to carry music with them and listen to music through lightweight headphones.

What’s your favorite throwback memory? Did you do any of the things I did? What would you add to my list?

Tell me in the comments below.

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