The BoomBox Gift Guide
Tis the season for online shopping! Each year, people peruse the Internet in search of new ways to surprise their family members and significant others with unique holiday gifts. The decision-making process isn't always easy, and as a result, a random gift card and the typical lotion-and-body-gel basket are common stocking stuffers when nothing else seems to work. The BoomBox understands the pressures of choosing the perfect present, so to alleviate the stress, we've compiled items for hip-hop and R&B lovers that didn't make it onto Santa's Naughty list.
Boom Box Belt Buckle
Before you jump to conclusions, we didn't pick this one because it's the name of our
beloved site. OK, maybe it has a little to do with it, but with this multi-dimensional
image of a boom box, it looks like your stereo is getting down as you walk around.
Last year, Jay-Z released the hardcover edition of his book 'Decoded,' which gave an in-depth look at the story behind his lyrics. This year, the softcover version arrives with some extra material, and a size that is more portable than the original textbook. You spent the second half of 2011 watching Kanye West and Hov's throne. Now dig deep into the latter's words.
'Hip-Hop Crossword Puzzle' Book
Test your knowledge of hip-hop history with the Icon Group's Hip-Hop Crossword Puzzle. The perfect head-scratcher for a long holiday trip, this 24-page paperback is filled with trivia about hip-hop history, and there's even a little R&B. Comprising definitions found in Webster's online dictionary and history pulled directly from Wikipedia, this crossword puzzle is a great way to exercise the brain and have fun doing it.
Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures'
The untimely passing of Amy Winehouse earlier this year hit the music world pretty hard. To honor her legacy, producer Salaam Remi compiled previously unreleased tracks and versions of hits that date all the way back to the British soul singer's teen years. She may be gone, but she's never forgotten.
Silicone Cassette Tape Skin for iPhone
Everyone knows that expensive products -- especially cell phones -- are prone to unexpected damage. Often the cases are crafted of hard plastic that turns a phone into a brick. Here you can have a sleek protector with a subtle nod to the old school.
Black Eyed Peas Experience Video Game
Test your dance skills, with the Black Eyed Peas Experience video game. Mimicking choreography made specifically for Fergie, will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo, players can perform such Peas hits as 'My Humps,' 'I Got a Feeling' and 'Boom Boom Pow' in venues all over the world. And for those looking to avoid holiday weight gain, this experience is also a pretty good workout.
Numark iDJ Live DJ Software Controller for iPad, iPhone or iPod
Just like DJ Khaled and DJ Drama, you can be the master of the mix. As technology keeps advancing, your Apple products get the special treatment with a controller deck for spinning tunes. Take this anywhere and get the party started. Just don't set the roof on fire.
House Of Marley's Midnight Ravers Earphones
Finding a sturdy pair of earbuds is difficult these days. House of Marley came to the
rescue with these wood-aluminum combo 'phones that have inner speaker durability for
really hard bass. Keep on jammin!
'Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall' DVD
Hip-hop and R&B fans alike are fans of Adele, and anyone who has attended her show can attest to the fact that it's nothing short of magical. With 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall,' you can bring Adele's intangible something home with you and relive it over and over again.
Guitar Lessons T-shirt
Music lessons are expensive, and thanks to the advent of YouTube, they're highly unnecessary. However, practice makes perfect, and self-teachings are vital to become a future rock star -- Lil Wayne did it. With this T-shirt, you can learn on the go. Just a heads up: this guitar doesn't play music. That's your job.
ProTunes I Am T-Pain Auto-Tune Microphone
So you thought Auto-Tune was dead? Silly you. Admit it; as much as T-Pain's robotically challenged cooing was cumbersome at times, you always secretly wanted to hear how he had the ability to sound that way. Now you can! Just leave the top hat with the dreadlocked rapper.
Rihanna Reb'l Fluer Fragrance
You may never get to meet Rihanna, but you can smell like her by picking up the singer's first fragrance, Reb'l Fluer. The kickoff scent in what looks to be a growing perfume line combines subtle floral scents with fruit extracts. Titled after the nickname Ri's grandmother gave her -- Rebel Flower -- this scent seems to bring the best out of the 'Talk That Talk' performer's personality: soft with a little bit of an edge.
Retro Cell Phone Headset
In a world where technology moves so fast, sometimes you just want that old thing back. The retro cell phone headset from HandHeld Items is a slice of yesteryear, before cell phones were mini-computers and mini-computers were replaced by tablets. Similar to what you would see on a rotary phone -- remember those? -- this headset plugs right into your cell phone so you can have the best of both worlds.
Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas II You' Deluxe CD Box Set
Mariah Carey is widely known for being a top-selling female artist, but she's also recognized for crafting Christmas songs like nobody's business. Her latest holiday LP comes in the form of a box set with extra goodies. Gems include a 40-page photo album and a butterfly holiday ornament. Listen as the mother of twins uses her five-octave vocal range to revamp holiday classics like 'Santa Clause is Coming to Town.'
'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey' Book
If you want to travel through hip-hop history, then this book should be at the top of your holiday wish list. Billed as a "coffee table book," the pure girth of the 420-page 'Odyssey' proves that it belongs in your library, not your living room. A comprehensive exploration of the birth and influence of the culture, complete with first-person testimonials, this is one read that will keep you occupied well into the new year.
'Beyonce Live at Roseland: Elements of 4'
Want to see a pregnant lady get down? Over the summer, Beyonce took footage from her four intimate shows at New York City's Roseland Ballroom -- to promote her fourth LP '4' -- and turned it into the 'Beyonce Live Roseland DVD.' With special performances of select solo tracks and music from her Destiny's Child days, the R&B queen moves, shakes and belts out her hits, all while secretly pregnant. The DVD also features never-before-seen video from the superstar's 2008 wedding to Jay-Z.
Chambers Headphones by RZA
As the head of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA's changed the dynamics of hip-hop and his earphones will change the way you hear music. The Chamber headphones hold a sleek design, provide noise cancellation and offer a LED equalizer with lights that move to the beat of the music. Doubling as a mobile phone headset, the product possesses a music-sharing function, plus a 3-touch hands-free unit that can control volume and music playback all with one click.
Sonivox Sampla Hip-Hop Production Sampler
Have you ever wanted to create your own hip-hop music? Then why not use some of the best equipment to get the job done? Sonivox Sampla Hip-Hop Production Sampler is a certified production toolbox. You can import your own loops, pull rips from vinyl or build a beat with more than 200 instruments included. Sampla software also interfaces with pad controllers, MPCs and MIDI keyboards.
R. Kelly 'Soulacoaster' Book
For most people, life is a roller coaster, but only R.Kelly can take you on a 'Soulacoaster.' Throughout his career, Kellz has made some questionable choices -- like his exhausting 'Trapped in The Closet' song series -- but also garnered some notable career accomplishments. Luckily, all those stories and more unfold between the pages of his new autobiography.
Cat Scratch Cat DJ Scratching Deck
MC Skat Kat isn't the only feline who gets to partake in hip-hop. With this Cat DJ
Scratching Deck, your little furry friend can cut up a rug on the turntables. It's like killing
two birds with one stone, and we know how much cats hate birds.
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