Fat Beats Closes Down In Slim Economy
Hip Hop purists across the country let out a collective sigh this week when it was announced that the legendary record store Fat Beats is closing it’s doors for good. The New York and Los Angeles stores will be closing in September. The New York store, which first opened 16 years ago in Manhattan, New York has been much like a Mecca for Hip Hoppers worldwide. It’s popularity led to the opening of four additional stores in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.
The closing can be blamed on the current economy. Music just doesn’t fly off the shelves anymore, now it’s downloaded. Records and CD’s are absolete in today’s market because of the advancement of technology. Fat Beats online store will stay open after the closing of the physical stores reflecting the climate of the music industry.
Fat Beats was a place that contained all the elements of Hip Hop culture simultaneously. It also housed rare vinyl records and promoted underground Hip Hop artists and movements. It was a place to find the hottest mixtapes before the Blog Hop movement. The Los Angeles store which is located at 7600 Melrose Ave. is known for it’s ability to attract artists and fans from all corners of California. There is always fresh music spinning inside and the employees are some of the most knowledgeable Hip Hop heads in the region.
Real Hip Hoppers are encouraged to visit the store and there will be reduced prices on merchandise and sales promos in the weeks leading up to the closing. Make the drive from the I.E. to 7600 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles because once the doors close we may never see anything like Fat Beats ever again.