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Lyle-Owerko

Before iPods (or even CDs) there were boomboxes. And they played these things called cassettes. It’s been 20 years since they disappeared from the streets, but the nostalgia they evoke is about a lot more than just stereo equipment. The ‘ghetto blaster’ is one of the first true symbols of hip hop. This piece from NPR is a great throwback look to the way things used to be. The video features a complete history with photographs and interviews from New York based photographer, Lyle Owerko’s The Boombox Project. And special commentary by hip hop historian Fab Five Freddy.

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