In perhaps another sad sign of the times, the legendary Fat Beats record stores in both New York City and Los Angeles, will be closing next month. In a story on XXLMag.com, Fat Beats president Joe Abajian calls it an evolution as opposed to a demise, and is quoted as saying, “We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at FatBeats.com.” The website, and the wholesale area of the business, will remain operational as Fat Beats looks to alternate options for brick and mortar locations.
In honor of their legacy and long-standing commitment to DJs and hip hop heads, Fat Beats is planning a series of “tribute parties” in NY and LA, and will hold sales on remaining inventory.
The stores, which have been in existence since 1994, were often the only source for underground hip hop records, and in recent years, one of the few places DJs could still purchase vinyl. Often, the stores would hold in-store signings for both underground and more established artists.
Visit www.fatbeats.com to stay informed regarding their transition. We wish them well.