Rashad (@sparkheemallah_ealu)

#favoriteshow went from routing for #COBRA like #dieGIJoe to #watchingtv every afternoon #runninman like #yoyoyoyoyo #MTVRaps while consuming #hiphopculture wasn’t cool in #DCPG I went to #emceeschool in #PHILLY & #NC #WISHIN I was #krushgrooven on #beatstreet wit my #wildstyle reading #graffiti #smoove as #fabfivefreddy

Raquel (@feistyvixen86)

A week away!! If you don’t have your tickets you’re missing out!! This weekend only tickets BOGO!! #KidCapri #DJ #BeatStreet #Christmas #ChristmasEve #Xmas #Roc #Tickets

Lesmana Pandjaitan (@lespandjaitan3_)

Cukup berdua aja,gaenak kalo bertiga apalagi berempat😏 hanya butuh satu jalan untuk setia.
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#majalengkahitz #kidsjamannow #anaksmkmajalengka #panyaweyan #beatstreet #designer

Marcia MH (@marcia_mh_)

#Repost @romarley: This Very Great Morning , Sparring with My Brother Father Uncle , Whatever you Call it #BigYouth #JAHYOUTH 👑 alongside @iamfantanmojah💪🏾 #Flampy 🔥
#Original .. #Rockers #RecordShop #DownTownJamaica #OrangeSt #RockersInternational #AddisPablo #AugustosPablo #Dub #Reggae #Rocksteady #BeatStreet #stoptheviolence 🇯🇲
#LIONORDER 🙏

Orange Street in downtown Kingston was once the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. The street and the surrounding area helped give one of the most important music genres of the 20th century to the world; the first ska recordings were made at Studio One on Brentford Road just around the corner from Orange Street. The street itself was alive with record shops and recording studios, and legends such as Dennis Brown and Prince Buster were even born on the street. Sadly, as with much of downtown Kingston, it’s a very different place today – dubbed Ghost Street by locals – but there are still a handful of studios and vinyl record shops flying the flag, and the area is a must-see for music fans visiting Kingston.

Stepping into the fabulous Randy’s records and recording studio (upstairs at 17 North Parade) is like going back in time (check out this gallery of Randy’s back in the day), while Rockers International exports vinyl to reggae fans all over the world and was refurbishing the store when I visited. We asked Rockers’ manager Mitchie Williams to compile a tribute to Orange Street’s pioneering (and speaker-throbbing) spirit.

Josh (@jholtzb)

now shopping:
SMASH RECORDS // Washington D.C.
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killer pickups:
The Misfits - Night Of The Living Dead [7”]
U2 - With Or Without You [7”]
Marry Poppins - Let’s Go Fly A Kite [7”]
Marry Poppins - A Spoonful Of Sugar [7”]
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [7”]
Legendary Wings - Do You See? [LP]
Beat Street - Original Soundtrack [LP]
Breakin’ - Original Soundtrack [LP]
The Vandals - The Quickening [CD]
Adventures In Babysitting [VHS]
Anthrax - Attack Of The Killer A’s [VHS] —
#smashrecords #washingtondc #dc #recordstore #records #albums #vinyl #cds #music #vhs #film #movies #themisfits #u2 #marypoppins #disney # #legendarywings #beatstreet #breakin #thevandals #adventuresinbabysitting #anthrax
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