Boombox, used by Fab 5 Freddy


This boombox was made by Sharp Electronics, circa 1985. It is a portable music system, model HK-9000, with its dual tape decks, detachable speakers, built-in equalizer, AM/FM radio, and 2-fader microphone mixing was one of the largest boomboxes of the era.

This boombox was used by hip hop pioneer, visual artist, filmmaker, and cable television host, Fab 5 Freddy, (born Fred Braithwaite). He was the first host of the groundbreaking hip hop music video show, "Yo! MTV Raps," in the late 1980s . Freddy has been forever immortalized on the American New Wave group Blondie’s hit single “Rapture,” when lead singer Debbie Harry rapped, “Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody’s fly.”

Date Made: ca 1985

Maker: Sharp

Subject: Hip-Hop


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Music & Musical Instruments, Popular Entertainment, Family & Social Life, Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection, Electronic Musical Instruments

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Fred (Fab 5 Freddy) Brathwaite

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2006.0059.01Accession Number: 2006.0059Catalog Number: 2006.0059.01

Object Name: boombox

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)non-ferrous metal, eletrical wire (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 1/2 in x 34 in x 9 in; 29.21 cm x 86.36 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 11 3/4 in x 33 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 29.845 cm x 85.725 cm x 26.035 cm


Record Id: nmah_1322612

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