Thank 7-Eleven for Chicano Music Heaven?
|7-Eleven: A one-stop shop for all your Chicano music needs!|
Last month, I received an e-mail from a Chicano Rap music label announcing that, starting in December, 7-Eleven stores in Southern California would begin distributing titles from two of the most popular artists from the genre these days: Lil Rob and Ms. Krazie. As someone who usually goes to the liquor store down the street (where the Asian cashier speaks better Spanish than I do and probably my parents, too!) the news caught me off-guard. CDs at 7-Eleven? Really? The only time I hit up the convenience store chain is on walks around the block in Long Beach when I'm hanging out with my family. We are usually on a one-track mission to pick up beer, snacks and an OC Weekly paper on the way out. It never occurred to me that CDs would be on sale, too!
My sister-in-law told me the stores in the LBC sold a lot of old-skool rap and even freestyle CDs! With that, I had to see it for myself. Instead of checking online for a list of participating stores, I figured I could easily find them on my own in North Orange County. Yesterday I headed to a 7-Eleven in Anaheim, across the street from a Taquería de Anda. Surprisingly, no luck there. Next, I ventured to Fullerton on the corner of Valencia and Brookhurst. Through the door on the bottom of the first aisle rested three racks of pure Chicano music heaven!
|Chicanos like Johnny Cash too! (2nd row to the right)|
A trip to the convenience store can now boast the broad experience of picking up a pack of cigs, a tall can, a Reynaldo's burrito (if you dare), a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and the Chicano music CD of your choice all in one visit. Can iTunes do that? Nope!