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Fat Beats Closes

After 16 years in business, prominent Hip-Hop record supplier Fat Beats will be closing the doors of its last two NY and LA locations, in September.

In honor of the store’s tenure as a staple in the New York and LA Hip-Hop communities, several parties will be held in its honor in both locations and a series of bargain sales of their remaining merchandise are expected. Fat Beats owner and president Joe Abajian offered this statement on the closing of his popular vinyl depot.

“This is the start of a new era in 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.”

Though the store will soon close, Fat Beats’ distribution sector, FB Distribution, and Fat Beats Records will continue function, promoting artists such as ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli and Q-Unique. Frequent shopper DJ Premier offered these thoughts about the store’s finale on his blog,

“The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye.”

Connoisseurs of physical Hip-Hop can purchase from Fat Beats online at,