Pop Beats?

Many mourned the departure of Fat Beats when they closed the doors to their Manhattan and LA stores last year.  But as a wise man once told me, nothing is ever really gone.  The legendary record store is back and in Brooklyn, at least for day.  That’s right, those who crave the crackle only vinyl can supply will be ecstatic to know that Fat Beats will begin a monthly pop-up shop in their warehouse, located in the DUMBO section of the borough at 110 Bridge Street, starting on March 5.  On hand to bless Fat Beats’ reopening will be some of Brooklyn’s heavy hitters on the ones and twos, DJs Spinna, Evil Dee and Rich Medina.  Doors will reopen at noon.  If you consider yourself to be a true hip-hop head, mark your calendar for Saturday and pop-up at the pop-up shop.

Photo courtesy of Audible Treats, www.audibletreats.com.

Peace Fat Beats

DJs and lovers of vinyl are in mourning following the closing of the Fat Beats New York City store September 4, marking the end of an era in hip-hop.  After 16 years, the legendary chain known for promoting and preserving the legacy of hip-hop is closing up shop literally; the final store in Los Angeles will close September 18.

Before shutting its doors for the last time, Fat Beats provided its customers with a week-long celebration to remember.  Each day during its final week the iconic store hosted a smorgasbord of hip-hop talent and legends including Ras Kass, Artifacts, Masta Ace, Just Blaze, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Immortal Technique.

The closing of Fat Beats last location is another unfortunate example of the turbulence that has been affecting the record industry since the dawn of the digital age.   But there is an open window to Fat Beat’s closed door; Fat Beats will continue to operate through its online store, www.FatBeats.com .  They are also planning to open a hip-hop lifestyle location in the near future. 

Photo courtesy of Duane Smith