Boombox, used by Fab 5 Freddy

Boombox, used by Fab 5 Freddy

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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.”

Object Name
music system
date made
ca 1985
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
non-ferrous metal, eletrical wire (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 34 in x 9 in; 29.21 cm x 86.36 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Fred (Fab 5 Freddy) Brathwaite
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Family & Social Life
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Places of Invention
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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