Iconic hip-hop music retailer Fat Beats will reportedly close its doors for good next month with the shuttering of the New York and Los Angeles locations.
Details on the retailer’s final days were released on Wednesday (August 18)
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 announcement, confirmation was made by Fat Beats owner/president Joe Abajian.
“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.” (Prefix Mag)
Hip-Hop veteran DJ Premier also shared his reaction to the news.
“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)
Fat Beats served as a home to its longtime manager and hip-hop artist DJ Eclipse, who spoke on the announcement.
“Anyone that’s ever been to Fat Beats knows that it was much more then a record store,” longtime manager and underground hip hop king DJ Eclipse told The BoomBox. “Other places claim to host ‘where hip-hop lives,’ but we really did live, eat and breathe Hip Hop. It was a meeting place for artists, DJs and customers alike. We took pride in promoting and pushing the indie artist that the average person may not have known about. Unfortunately in these times we are suffering from both the state of the music business and the economy. As sad as I am to see the retail portion of the company close I’ll always remember the great in-stores we had here and fun times working with the staff.” (The Boom Box)
Check out footage of Fat Beats below: