No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Importance of Ka

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My thoughts on the new Ka album, The Night’s Gambit, and why he’s doing the independent rap thing the right way.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Importance of Ka



Video: Scaramanga – Shallah Magnetic
Monday October 15th 2012,
Filed under: Fat Beats Memories,In Search Of...,The 90's Files,Video Clips
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File under ‘Stuff I Missed in 2011′. Turns out Scaramanga returned from a four year bid last year and promised a bunch of new material, as well as announcing plans to shoot videos for a lot of his older material.

Here’s the clip of Scara from last June where he gives out his email address, Twitter handle, Facebook link and mailing address. Also features a cameo from A-Butta.
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Fat Beats Memories: Repping Behind The Counter
Friday August 20th 2010,
Filed under: Def Dames,Fat Beats Memories,Guest Drops,Not Your Average
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Photo: Alexander Richter

Welcome new contributor Max Angeles to the team. I don’t know much about her other than the fact that she fux with ‘Anchorman’, Tragedy records and almost died of alcohol poisoning last week. Sounds like a born Unkut Dot Com trooper…

Let me just say a few things about working at the Fat Beats store – I remember interning for them as early as when they had moved out the second floor of XTRA LARGE and into a well established hip hop institution on Melrose in LA.

Fat Beats LA had a much more rustic, garage studio feel to it. With limited edition posters of albums and artists plastered on every corner prompting all kinds of tourists to just whip out their cameras and take mad pictures. That shit was always annoying to me. We tagged our labels and arranged EP’s and LP’s our own way. regulars and real hip hop heads knew how to navigate throughout the store. If you saw a RZA single, you’d most likely find 4th Disciple in its vicinity. That’s how it worked. The ones who didn’t get it, were usually the ones that didn’t know who House Shoes, Rhettmatic, or DJ Soup was.
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The Long, Drawn-Out Death of Fat Beats…

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.
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Fat Beats Memories: Marco Polo

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:
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