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Take the Needle from the Groove

Posted By Alex Belth On August 19, 2010 @ 11:15 am In Beat of the Day,Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled


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 [2] 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 [3]. 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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[2] Fat Beats is closing up shop in New York: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/19/2010-08-19_its_last_call_for_last_stop_for_hiphop_with_closing_of_fat_beats_in_west_village.html

[3] Fat Beats in East L.A: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2010/08/fat-beats-set-to-close-its-remaining-new-york-and-los-angeles-locations.html

[4] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/fatbatest.jpg

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