Fat Beats To Close New York & Los Angeles Retail Locations

The legendary one-stop for Rap vinyl and CD consumers is closing its doors, and moving to online.

Sixteen years ago, Fat Beats opened its doors in New York City. The store, presently located on Lower Manhattan's Sixth Avenue has been a staple in Hip Hop culture since. On top of being a leading retailer for vinyl and independent Hip Hop since its inception, Fat Beats has been a current and past employer to artists such as Ill Bill, Q-Unique and DJ Eclipse.

The store's west coast location, in Los Angeles, is also closing its doors. The Beat Junkies' DJ Rhettmatic and J. Rocc have been employees of that store.

The New York location will close its doors September 4th, while the Los Angeles' Melrose location will follow on September 18th. Past locations existed in Atlanta, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

The store cites digital trends and sales decreases as reason for the closings.

“The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," said DJ Premier in a statement.

The store will now move to focusing on online retail, distribution, as well as maintaining its Brooklyn-based label. Fat Beats Records is home to such artists as Black Milk, Ill Bill, Sha Stimuli and KRS-One and True Master's upcoming project. Over the years, the label has released acclaimed albums such as Black Milk's Tronic, Torae's Daily Conversation and Freddie Foxxx's Crazy Like A Foxxx.

Fat Beats President Joe Abijian said, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at FatBeats.com”

14 Comments

  • Ostee

    "Im a DJ in the making..." if that makes any sense, meaning im still practicing the craft! (been years now! lol) Was lookin to buy a new turntable! And was lookin forward to a place like FATBEATS (which I had only seen the logo here and there) to be ma LPs spot! Well, with all RECORDS stores closing down one after the other... seems like I wont be able to dig the crates anymore! (dont wanna have to pick online, feeling just aint the same... I WANNA TOUCH THOSE RECORDS! ANY REAL DJ KNOWS WAT IM TALKIN ABOUT!) Well, gotta face it people! The Digital Age is here! I just know that when it comes to picking those 33s and 45s, Wont be the same anymore!!! We gon miss ya FATBEATS!!! WE'LL FIND A WAY TO KEEP THE LEGACY GOIN THO! ONE!

  • joel23

    I use mp3s anyway so its not a problem

  • INOA

    Hip Hop continues to die.

    • Ostee

      This is not HIP HOP (as a clture and art form) dying! its just the impact of the Digital Age been felt! HIP HOP LIVES ON BRO (OR SIS, lol). ONE!

  • STONEYXL

    Everybody rockin mp3s now anywayz with Final Scratch or Live so it was only a matter of time. They were snobby in NYC store tho', sorry I still don't see the big deal about Tribe...lyrics were ehhhh...Lupe put it best, "Whatch'all kno about Do Or Die!?"

  • Alex Mendoza

    Damn, I was gonna stop by there on Christmas break in NYC

  • george

    fcuk them .they deserve it .they had lame on line customer service.worst customer service ever !!! i hope they site will also be closed.this reminds me of a rawkus, they also thought they was bigger than life and then they just sink.ughh is the spot !!!

  • Melaphyre

    Fugg Fatbeats!! On the real, plenty of my cats brought banging music to them east coast biased bastards and they turned their noses up. I knew wed be around longer than those hoes!! FFU!!

  • Howard Trae Tibbs

    Very upset, very reason why I always made a trip to NY, now it's closed!! Very angry right now... shoutout to Brown Bag All Stars! J57 nice meeting ya, DJ Eclipse nice meeting ya, let's make a movement to open a new spot!!!

  • afroclassics

    sold some of my first albums to LA fatbeats in the 90's- met some of the freshest DJ's, rocked hella in stores. this spot's gonna be missed

  • Really

    R.I.P to the mecca. Brown Bag All stars kept that place ALIVE

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