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From Boomboxes to Boombotix – How Portable Music has Changed Our Culture

The boombox was exploded onto the American market in the mid 70’s, capturing the attention of the urban adolescent communities nationwide. Soon, no stoop in LA, NYC, and DC was without music, with booming tunes from cassetes and the radio, flooding the sound waves with tunes. Hip hop crews took to the streets, boombox in tow, such as King Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, and none other than the Beastie Boys. These artists were able to capture the public’s attention, and truly build a name for themselves in the streets.


Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, and the Beastie Boys alike used boomboxes to further their music, sound, stage acts…from the streets of NYC to LA, artists were able to capitulate their careers by inflicting their music upon others, branding their sound into the brains of passer bys. For decades, the Boombox was a tool to bring music to nearly any situation.

Fast forward to the 2000’s, artists like Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, and the Beastie Boys have made names for themselves. Apple created the iPod. Headphones surged in popularity, and introverts nationwide rejoiced! Soon, it became a fashion statement to rock headphones, rather than play music out-loud. Venice beach rap artist put their boomboxes away, demo’ing their music through headphones they harassed beach-goers to listen to. The boombox was just about dead…. until now.
Today, the boombox has taken a new shape and form. Modern audio technology has been able to fit much more audio firepower into a smaller package, making way for portable offerings from Bose, Jawbone, Logitech, Boombotix. Today, street corners are lighting up again with music. The modern day boombox is no longer a boombox, it is a much more mobile device that packs an audio punch on par with a boombox, with the portability to fit in your backpack, or even the pocket.
Boombots are a strong example of how modern audio technology can be sized in an ultra-portable package. Ruggedized, waterproof, and wireless, with a built on clip, the same effect of the boombox can be realized, hands free! Check out the BB2 in our store.

On a final note, RIP Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys crew. Diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2009, he lost the fight to cancer and passed this away this week. Pour out some of your BRASS MONKEY for him.

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