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Take the Needle from the Groove

I started shopping for records at Fat Beats when they were in a tiny East Village hole, below street level. Mr. Sinister and Roc Raider were there, working or hanging out, I could never figure out which. A few years later, in the mid-90s, Fat Beats moved to a prime spot on Sixth Avenue just off Eighth Street. DJ Ei, Ill Bill and Eclipse were there, to name just a few. Percee P was always downstairs hawking mixtapes and showing off his skills.
I stopped buying records years ago now, though I still fall through places like Big City and A-1 to visit friends. Still, I’m sad, though hardly surprised, to see that Fat Beats is closing up shop in New York and L.A. When I worked in Hollywood for four months in 1996-97, I was a regular at Fat Beats in East L.A. Babu was there at the time, the whole Dialated Crew, guys like J-Rocc, too.

Certainly marks the end of an era.


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1 ms october   ~  Aug 19, 2010 11:19 am

damn - that's too bad.

2 Chyll Will   ~  Aug 19, 2010 12:20 pm


3 NoamSane   ~  Aug 19, 2010 1:14 pm

[0] I was in LA and San Fran in those Deep Concentration times. Hard for me to believe how long ago that is now. I guess time is movin' on, I better get wid it before it's gone.

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