Posted in hiphop | music | venues on August 18, 2010

by BBG

Fat Beats

After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label's two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check for updates.

Fat Beats' longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. "The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," says DJ Premier.

I should have asked my job to pull out pre-tax dollars for Fat Beats back in the day; I used to EMPTY my pockets there on a weekly basis. The Fat Beats label and distro will live on, but the retail store is sadly no more. More on those "tribute parties" soon, but until then, long live Fat Beats!



Comments (18)

Any day a record store goes down the tubes is a sad day - goodnight, funny hip-hop store.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 18, 2010 2:18 PM

Always a bummer to see a record shop close its doors.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 2:25 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 3:10 PM

While it is sad to see them go, it is hard to stay competitive when you are selling CD's still for 17 dollars a disc. Sam Goody prices.

Posted by F | August 18, 2010 3:18 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 4:30 PM

while im happy thugs with shitty demos will stop hustling german tourists around the block from my apartment, im really sad to see this go. bobbito's footloose and fat beats were huge parts of indie hip hop in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 4:34 PM

this is some ill communication.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 4:51 PM

u mean "Footworks"...another classic spot...RIP Fat Beats...

Posted by Tommy Blingshyne | August 18, 2010 7:11 PM

They should have served hummus there, it is a nutritional, flavorful snack that always brings people in the door.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 7:23 PM

7:23--close, my son, but keep studying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 8:14 PM

When studying, hummus is a yummy, healthful chick pea snack that helps you pass that important exam.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 9:37 PM

Yes its a sad day when a record store closes and people listen to I pods strictly and not records or CD's. You could have had a cafe and served a few side dishes to keep peoples energy up to buy more CD's.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 5:22 AM

i'm actually surprised they lasted this long, farewell fat beats.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 8:27 AM

It's almost the end of summuh, and now no Fat Beats. This must be the work of the evil Dr.Tress Tafarian, and her henchman Meh-boy.

Posted by the masked fauxhemian | August 19, 2010 8:47 AM

The beats would not have been so Fat if they had eaten more hummus and less junk food.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM

this sucks

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2010 3:30 PM

will there go's a mom and pop shop its sad too see fat beats go.thanks 4 everything @less we still have GCS in pomona. LONG LIVE THE MUSIC

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2010 3:36 PM

yah its true any day a record store goes under is a bad day for sure. good luck to the owner and his/her future

Posted by beats | December 3, 2011 8:18 PM

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