Filed under: Announcements,Fat Beats Memories,Features,Great Moments In Rap,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Yesterday saw the announcement that the brick and mortar stores of Fat Beats would be closing their doors in New York and LA after sixteen years:
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 FatBeats.com for updates.
The Fat Beats brand isn’t dead by any means, as the online store and the record label will continue to rep independent hip-hop, but this announcement certainly marks another turning point in the decline of vinyl sales and the changing face of rap retail. I’ve asked some regulars to share some of their fondest memories of the iconic NY store over the next week or so in tribute to the spot, so let’s set it off with some of Marco Polo‘s favorite moments:
Marco Polo: I remember the first time I saw DJ Eclipse behind the counter, I was frightened because he looks like a goon. Who would of known how much he’d help me get my name out and support my music.
I remember seeing the first 12″ I ever produced on in fat beats NYC and feeling amazing. Shylow “Moment of Clarity” b/w “The Greatest” prod. By Marco Polo!!!! I felt cool.
I use to drop serious dough in the new york store because Toronto didn’t get all the super underground shit or it was way toooo expensive. I had to go to Fat Beats to cop shit like The Cenobites and Company Flow 12”s….
Percee P use to literally live outside of Fat Beats hustling his album or mixtapes. I have bought at least 3 of the same ones from him first out of respect then out of guilt. Lesser known NYC rapper Sensational later took Percee’s title but I didn’t buy shit from that guy.
Gonna miss that place. Glad to be around for it’s existence.
Shylow - ‘The Greatest’
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