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FATBEATS stores in LA & NY closing….

Posted in 1 on August 21, 2010 by bobbybounce

FAT BEATS RETAIL IS CLOSING ITS DOORS!

NEW YORK: 9/4/10
LOS ANGELES: 9/18/10
Well its official…Fatbeats is closing it’s two stores in Los Angeles & New York City. With the way things have been, it was only a matter of time. I have supported Fatbeats in both LA & NY and they have supported me since the day they opened in its original location in NY. It really does suck, but it was only inevitable. The ridiculous rents businesses have to pay in our city are SOO high. If you look around the store, the other businesses close-by there is a McDonald’s, a Barnes N Nobles, A Sprint Store, etc… In LA its all girls shops that constantly make money. It is very hard to do rents that are high four and five figure amounts per month. There are several reasons for the inevitable closing but we all know what the real reasons are. This is a direct cause of the serato/mp3 era and the overall lack of quality independent hiphop labels (because of the mp3 killing their business too). So here we are, when long-standing hiphop establishments like FatBeats have to close and EL-P had to take time to close/restructure DEF JUX, etc… It’s not a good thing at all for anyone, but what can be done? I myself have used records much less since serato and find myself buying much, much less vinyl. If i do buy vinyl it’s probably not hiphop anyways. So this put Fatbeats in a tough spot. Even CD’s have dropped probably 70 to 90% since the 90’s. I hate that everything is available for free online, but this is how it is.

There is no more saving to buy records, buying doubles, stocking up on tons of “battle breaks”, looking for a record you can’t find any where. There is google. It kills my sales to the point where i don’t even care about sales, it doesn’t matter. And even the biggest artists and groups are getting crushed in sales. When you see someone like Eminem do millions in sales, it is great, but it would have been 5 to 10 times that. Everyone is getting crushed, but at least when you get promoted to millions you get 10% to buy in and you are afloat. What we do is different, its a constant grind and battle against society in general. lol. For real. So i’m soo happy that FATBEATS was able to maintain THAT LONG in this disgusting city of high rents, potholes, and hipsters in bike-lanes. And just like our boroughs has succumb to these “new” changes many of us hate, so has Fatbeats succumb to the mp3 hustle and djays with midi controllers hooked to their mixers.

We used to go to Fatbeats ALL THE TIME… Percee P is like family (although he owes me a verse, in which he will probably say the same verse he does all the time anyways…) anyway, lol… Fatbeats was responsible for SOO many great moments and in-store appearances and performances. I remember being at the COMMON instore for One Day Itll Make Sense… what a great day and that was one of hundreds. I remember Joe djaying with the DMC mixer on the counter in the original store when you had sneakers and the horrible steps. Fatbeats had a fetish for bad stairwells in both locations in NY and LA. LOL. The Xmas parties were always a treat every year. The Fatbeats 10 year and 15 year anniversaries… They have sponsored and been behind everything worthwhile in indie hiphop. Whenever there was nothing to do we would be like “let’s take a ride to Fatbeats….”

The people who worked there for all these years should be applauded for helping our type of hiphop survive. Fatbeats was the hub for everything indie hiphop. Now there is NOTHING close. That’s why Fatbeats and Dj Eclipse who ran the NY store were soo important. First, look who’s running the store. DUH…sickest hiphop veteran. The store is official and people would be pointed in the right direction… Now where the hell do you go to buy that? Google…. ????

Hopefully this is temporary and Fatbeats find a new location somewhere downtown and maybe people will go support that when its there… I know the economy is “bad”, and everyone likes things for free, but hiphop isnt free all the time.. you need to support or you see what happens. Myself included. This is disgusting…. Why dont Jay Z just buy the building for us and let us have our one place. lol. I saw in the newspaper he made 63mil so far this year. What can you do, it’s like this with everything… I go to lots of events/shows, etc.. You know who ALWAYS has to get in for free, who supports, and won’t go unless it’s free or they r getting something. Its soo sad, and everyone smiles…chillin’… secretly listening to Kayne in their walkman… “i support hiphop….” yeahhh okaaaaaayyyyyyy…. It’s funny how everyone thought the internet was going to help independent hiphop and now look. Not only is it destroying ALL the smaller labels, it’s closing ALL music stores’ doors everywhere. If Virgin Mega cant survive, Fatbeats wasnt going to either. And so now you have Itunes that promotes the same ten people on radio, and youtube, which promotes major movies n tv shows, and you’re fucked. Its left to novice bloggers who anonymously diss everything but no one is selling or buying anything. And the amount of material out is sooo overwhelming… it’s not good people… there is a guy named LIL RUFUS… seriously… LIL RUFUS has a song/album… lol. I get 200 emails a day with horrible down-south songs and dance remixes with someone screaming exercise commands. Its all over… Dj Nick Cannon in effect….

I know i wrote a novel on this, and i could write tons more, but i just wanted to really say THANK YOU to FATBEATS and their staff for doing what they do for soo long… When you see Eclipse say thanks then slap yourself.

FATBEATS forever… PLEASE DONT BE FOOLED…FATBEATS IS STILL HERE AS A LABEL/DIST and you can go to the site and actually buy something…

WWW.FATBEATS.COM

“I SUPPORT HIPHOP… HIPHOP DONT SUPPORT ME….”

DJ JS-1

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SHOUTS OUT TO DJ ECLIPSE, DJ JS-1 AND EVERYBODY THAT WORKED AT FAT BEATS AND ALL THE REAL DJ’S THAT WENT THERE TO GET THAT HOT JOINT ON WAX…PEACE.

SHOUTS OUT TO ALL THE DJ”S AROUND THE WORLD! R.I.P. FAT BEATS.
BIG BIG SHOUT OUT TO DJ JS-1 FOR THIS STORY ON FAT BEATS.

Breaking news on the Fat Beats store:

Fat Beats Owner: New Store In The Works
August 21, 2010 – Retail

By Ed Christman

While Fat Beats will close its two remaining stores next month – the New York location on Sept. 4 and the Los Angeles one Sept. 18 – Fat Beats owner Joe Abajian says he has plans to open a bigger and better store.

“We want to build a store that’s like a theme park for the hip-hop culture, which will have activities and show its history,” says Abajian. “The store I had catered to DJs, the new store will cater to every aspect of the hip-hop lifestyle.”

He says the store is stilling in the planning stage. In the meantime, the company is focusing on the parts of its business that are doing well – its label, indie distribution company and website, he says.

Fat Beats Artists Preforming Shedule For The Last Week Opening (8/30-9/4); DJ Premier on Saturday……………

Monday (08/30)
Artifacts
The Away Team
Statik Selektah
Da Beatminerz

Tuesday (08/31)
Immortal Technique
Dru-Ha
J-Ronin
Sav Killz
Ras Kass
DJ Ready Cee
DJ Static

Wednesday (09/01)
Bobbito
DJ JS-1
A-Vee
Mr. Mayhem
DJ Riz
Daniel Joseph
Fresh Daily
John Roninson
Sputnik Brown
P.SO.
Juggaknots
Sucio
DJ Spinna
Jigmastas
Arsonists
Tony Touch
Thursday (09/02)
Cold Heat
Rob Swift
Breez Evahflowin
Torae
Skyzoo
Illmind
General Steele
Ruste Juxx
DJ Amir
DJ Soul

Friday (09/03)
Kooley High
Tanya Morgan
Roli Rho
Neil Armstrong
Masta Ace
Pacewon
Mr. Green
J-Live
PackFM
Tondeff
YC
Sene
BBAllStars

Saturday (09/04)
Max Glazer
Cipha Sounds
Just Blaze
A-Trak
Pete Rock
DJ Premier
Jab (owner)
Sadat X
A.G.

SHOUTS OUT AND MUCH RESPECT TO DJ PREMIER BLOG ON TWITTER.

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