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  • “I know Jah’s never let us down”

  • I noticed the red droplet in the letter “p” of the vertical “one drop,” and it makes me wonder about the racial undertones of that subtle graphical statement.

    If I am not mistaken, that is a reference to the notorious “one drop rule” that historically classified any person as “negro” if they had as much as one drop of African blood. see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule

    A despicable vestige of white supremacy that the owners of this shop apparently adopted as a tongue in cheek slap in the face of the dominant paradigm.

    But it makes me wonder further what records were stored or processed here….were they ancestry records, perhaps?

    • reggae records actually

    • @wondering — I can’t tell if you are being sarcastic, but One Drop Records was a reggae record store. “One Drop” refers to the drum rhythm that is used in a lot of reggae tunes.

      • Thanks for the context. I think Wondering was a bit too steeped in academia-think here.

        • me again. i was certainly not being sarcastic, and i did not have prior knowledge that it had been a record shop. i did, however, notice that drop of blood and still wonder if there was any intention to that, perhaps even as a double entendre (i was also not aware that one drop is a reggae rhythm). there can be no denying that “one drop” has racist connotations that could have been intended by the shop owners. but again, just wondering about that. and i am not an academic.

          • It was a reggae record store which means that it was probably a reference to both. There was another reggae record store on Georgia, near Howard, my memory is not good on this one, possibly Top Cat records? They had a great collection of 45s.

          • Apparently not related to blood, if Wikipedia is to be believed:
            “One drop rhythm is a drumset playing style of reggae . . . in which the backbeat is characterized by the dominant snare drum stroke (usually a click produced by hitting a rimshot) and bass drum both sounding on the third beat of every four, while beat one is left empty. Thus, the expected hit on beat one is ‘dropped,’ creating the one-drop effect. A good example of this drum beat is Bob Marley and the Wailers’ song ‘One Drop’, which talks about this rhythm.”

        • Hence my first comment at the top… the chorus of Bob Marley’s “One Drop”

          Educate yourself:

  • I miss this place, it was a DC landmark. Always positive vibes, used to carry maaad 45’s, new dancehall riddims as well as old school roots. One Drop and Kaffa House were pillars for the DC reggae scene, and had massive soul!

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