Hip-hop producers DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Pete Rock and more will unite this weekend to say good-bye to legendary hip-hop retailer Fat Beats as it prepares to shut down for good.
Details on the week-long swan song hit the Internet Monday (August 30).
To celebrate the company, artists like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Rob Swift, Ras Cass, Immortal Technique, Da Beatminerz, Artifacts, Bobbito, Masta Ace, J-Live, Pacewon and others will perform in-store at the New York location. The events, which are free, begin today (August 30th) with Artifacts, Da Beatminerz and Immortal Technique and end on the store’s final day on Saturday (September 4th), with Just Blaze, A-Trak, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Organizers are in the process of launching a similar farewell event later this month, leading up to the stores final day on September 18th. All performances take place from 4-9PM and are free to the public. (All Hip Hop)
Each day will feature new hip-hop artists performing at the lower Manhattan location.
Backpackers and underground heads get ready for some ridiculously nice-looking sets. The NYC store’s schedule: Monday, Aug. 30: Artifacts, Da Beatminerz, Immortal Technique, and more Tuesday, Aug. 31: Ras Kass, Sav KIllz, DJ Ready Cee, panel discussion, and more Wednesday, Sept. 1: Bobbito, Mayhem, Riz, Juggaknots, Sputnik Brown, and more Thursday, Sept. 2: Rob Swift, Torae, DJ Concept, DJ Amir, and more Friday, Sept. 3: Masta Ace, J-Live, Pacewon, Tanya Morgan, and more Saturday, Sept. 4: Just Blaze, A-Trak, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, and more. (Prefix Mag)
An announcement regarding the company’s closing was made earlier this month.
After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label’s two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. 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 www.FatBeats.com for updates. (Brooklyn Vegan)
Following the news, artists like DJ Premier voiced their reactions.
“The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away,” DJ Premier said in a prepared statement. “They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music, and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye.” (Los Angeles Times)
Check out some footage of Fat Beats down below: