Jack FM’s Old Skool Joint of the Week – N.W.A.

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How did gangster rappers [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]N.W.A.[/lastfm] create an anthem for Ultramarathon runners everywhere?

A traditional marathon is 26.2 miles. It is named after the legend of Pheidippides, which says that he ran all the way from the Battle of Marathon to Athens without stopping to tell the city “We won!‘ before collapsing and dying.

This legend teaches us two things; First, that marathons are looooooooooong; and second, they can be very dangerous. Even deadly.

Hailing from the streets of Compton and South Central Los Angeles, the members of N. W. A. knew how to deal with danger.

That’s why they chose to run 100 miles (or more) rather than the standard 26.2; they craved danger. Yet, they had learned from the legend of Pheidippides, and were very careful not to make his mistakes.

For example, they did not run this 100 miles non-stop. They paused midday through this week’s track to take a request and dedication. Had Pheidippides done the same thing, he might still be alive today. Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes thinks so.

So, while we petition to get the Ultramarathon to be officially renamed “The Compton,” enjoy this week’s Old Skool Joint


“100 Miles and Runnin'”

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