Filed under: Attack of the Beardos,Fat Beats Memories,Features,Great Moments In Rap,Guest Drops,Killa Queens
Written by: Dallas Penn
Dallas Penn contributes this drop in the first of a series of guest spots while his site is on hiatus:
Fat Beats was like your older uncle who you didn’t visit as often so that when you got the news of his death it was from the other folks who still brought him his wine and shit.
You had great times at Fat Beats tho’ and those memories will last forever. Hip-Hop, like the rest of America which it represents has gone Best Buy big box pop. Fat Beats, Bondy‘s and Beat Street are only to be references in your favorite rapper’s verse of nostalgia.
“The good ol’ days, everybody talkin’ ’bout the good ol’ days…”
The West 8th Street corridor that Fat Beats was considered part of has long since died. No more smoking blunts and drinking 40s in the circle in Washington Square. No more movie theater on 8th and University. No more record companies on 4th and Broadway. The only spot still in business is Grey’s Papaya, but the franks haven’t costed a buck in years.
Everyone else was dead so what made you think your uncle should have kept living. Celebrate the idea that you even knew him, that you were even allowed to visit his house and look thru his cool stuff. Consider yourself lucky as opposed to being deprived.
“It’s so haaaaaard, to say goodbye, to yesterdaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeee”…
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