Fat Beats Record Store Reopens In LA

Fat Beats, one of our favorite record retailers, has re-opened a retail space in Los Angeles. You can scoop up vinyl records from Illect Recordings from them.

Here is a news release:

We’re Back!
New Fat Beats Record Store Opening in Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Opening 9/22/2018 at 916 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

We’re excited to announce the opening of our new retail store in Downtown Los Angeles. In celebration, we’re throwing a grand opening party featuring a few of the many artists that have contributed to our success all these years.

Stop by our store on Saturday, 9/22 in Downtown Los Angeles to see DJ sets from our friends Carlos Niño, DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras_G, DJ Jab, Exile, Daedelus, DJ Babu with some surprise special guests.

The world famous Hit+Run crew will be live screen-printing at the shop, first 100 customers to stop in get a free shirt!

Thank you.

To all of our customers over the years that have kept us in business, purchased from us online or supported the artists we work with at a show, thank you. If you’re not based in LA, we hope you’ll visit the shop the next time you find yourself in California. It’s the support from customers like you that has allowed us to thrive and reopen our doors once more.

Originally from egotripland.com: Fat Beats Record Store Reopens In LA

Fat Beats Returns To Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Fat Beats Los Angeles reopened its iconic doors. 

Fat Beats closed its doors in Los Angeles back on September 19th, 2010. The New York location closed down earlier that same month. For many, the closure of Fat Beats marked the end of an era. The record store being closed left a tremendous void in the city. Fans no longer had that go to hub for celebrating Hip-hop culture. Fat Beats was a place where music was pushed to the forefront, you could discover new artists and see incredible live performances on any given night.

Thats why when it was announced that Fat Beats would make its return to LA, the Hip-hop community spread the good word like wildfire. House Shoes had a particularly great post on his Instagram about the grand opening of the new store.

The grand opening was incredible, two of our Word Is Bond team members George and Eric were able to attend. So many pillars of the Hip-hop community in LA were there to show support. The lineup up of performers was special as well. The lineup included the most talented beatsmiths and DJs from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G, Exile and DJ Babu. One after the other, these talented artists spun dope records that had the new store packed to the brim with fans. Check out some photos taken from the grand opening of Fat Beats below.

Exile went on at 7:15PM and had one of the best sets because he brought along a handful of special guests. Most notably, he brought out his longtime partner Blu. After his surprise performance with Exile, we had the opportunity to speak with Los Angeles legend Blu.

When asked about what Fat Beats meant to him, Blu shared his nostalgia associated with the record store.

“The record store was the source. It was the source, it was where everybody touched down at. We used to come by bus and ditch school to get to Fat Beats. That was way back in the days and we’re glad Fat Beats is back! Plus we don’t have to ditch school anymore haha.”

Blu went on to discuss what performing at the grand opening of Fat Beats was like.

“It feels good, it feels really good man. Exile brought us out and had us here as special guests. We’re honored to be here.”

Blu also shared some information about future events and shows at Fat Beats from him at the Dirty Science crew.

“We have some new records coming out with Fat Beats. So we are definitely looking to do more in-stores in the future.”

DJ Babu arrives to spin around 9PM for his attendees. The Beat Junkie turntablist decides to play some new music from his upcoming projects that will be available through Fat Beats, such as a 45″ series, the fourth installation of Duck Season, and Super Duper Duck Flips. Before he starts his set, he takes people back in time to when he discovered Fat Beats in New York, and how he and the rest of the Junkies eventually worked for Fat Beats when it opened for the first time in LA. The opening of the LA store happened 6-8 months after Babu and Fat Beats founder Joe Abaijan (aka DJ Jab) initially met.

According to Babu, he went to his first DMC battle, and somehow he heard about the record to store that took over the space over the Beatles’ old shoe store. He and the Bay Area legend DJ Shortkut went to go pay the store a visit.

“And so I walked in and they’re playing my DMC battle tape on the TV,” Babu said. “And my man Joe was behind the counter and was like, ‘Yo, Shortkut, Babu… what’s up,’ and it became like family ever since.”

Abaijan acknowledged that the resurrection of the store was important to his team and the community. Ever since the store closed, the element of even having a great store that was dedicated to the hip-hop community, went along with that, too. The idea of an underground community nowadays seems to fall on ears of those who have apparently been unaware.

“Hip-hop has all these different meanings, but there’s a void of all the good stuff that’s (kind of) not being pushed,” Abaijan said. “There’s an underground community that’s really big but people don’t know about it.”

When the store was open back in the ’90s, it was for the meetings of the minds. Customers would either come in and shop, or even just hang out and listen to dope music that would be playing by the DJs that worked there. Abaijan hopes that this element of the experience will also return to today’s crowd once they step into the store.

Plans to reopen a store in New York aren’t currently in the works. For Abaijan, the possibility of a chain opportunity has to be reasonable.

“I wouldn’t go open a store in New York,” Abaijan said. “But if the situation presented itself that makes sense, there could be one there.”

Talks among the attendees were nostalgic when it comes to the memories of their past experiences at the store. Now that the store is back and running, more memories are expected to be made.

“Congrats Joe, we’re glad to have you back,” Babu said.

Contributor Eric Soul



See Original Article: The Word is Bond

Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl Record out now

Illect Recordings and DJ Because proudly present the Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl.

About Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl

7″ Break records are being released at an astounding rate. Yet most of the sounds and samples used are just the same recycled material from the last dozen break albums. This leaves the DJ who is looking for new material to create with, disappointed. That is…until the arrival of Grime-n & Starfunkle’s Sushi Breaks, a 7″ break record that is the compilation of a decade’s worth of crate digging, sampling and beat making. Sushi Breaks is chock full of original sounds and samples not used on previous break albums, plus original sounds from one of hip hop’s legendary emcees and producers, Fab Five Freddy. This gives the DJ a whole new tool box of scratch to paint their sound canvas with. Sushi Breaks also features all new beats for scratching and juggling with, produced by an international array of renowned hip hop producers. Pressed at maximum groove depths, each scratch track features 30 seconds of skipless samples allowing for endless scratch techniques on your turntable or portable, keeping your scratches and your game always in the groove.

+ 140 gram, skipless vinyl
+ Limited to 500 copies on transparent dark blue 7″ vinyl
+ Timed at just 5 min. per side, to allow for the deepest groove possible.
+ Designed specifically with the portable DJ in mind (Numark, Vestax)
+ Each track of samples repeats for 30 seconds, allowing for endless scratching, never falling out of the groove
+ Includes officially licensed Fab 5 Freddie samples.
+ Featured production includes: Ess Be (2018 Winter Olympics, Adidas, 7-11, Dallas Cowboys, Gary Varynerchuk, Google) and Terem (Sareem Poems, Red Pill, Microsoft, Gary Vaynerchuk, Nestea, Cover FX, James Gardin)
+ All new beats and production is sample free.
+ Crate Diggings and Compilations by DJ Because.
+ Promotional copies sent to key DJs and tastemakers.
+ Targeted press and promotional campaign to DJ centric media/radio.
+ Sushi Loops companion looper app (iPhone/iPad) available now
+ Android version available for February 2018 release.

Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl tracklist

Side A: Sushi Cuts

1. “Eat the damn noodles, Tommy” cuts
2. Shojo Stole My Jam
3. Game Show Loser cuts
4. Late Night Ramen Run cuts
5. “You Very Sexy Boy” cuts
6. Drunken Lazy Rojin cuts
7. Skinny Judo Crash cuts
8. Kobe Beef Barf cuts

Side B: Bento Beats

1. Sumo Strut (95 BPM)
2. Cheap Bowl of Cuts cuts
3. Second Year, First Kiss (94 BPM)

Pick up copies of the Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl at your favorite local record shop or online at FatBeats.com.

Originally from egotripland.com: Sushi Breaks 7 Inch Vinyl Record out now

Fat Beats Grand Closing DJ Sets (2010)

Originally posted on GRNDGD

Large Professor — Live at S.O.B.s (2000) (VIDEO).

DJ Eclipse says: A few days ago marked the 25th anniversary of Main Source’s Breaking Atoms (July 23, 1991) which was the group that introduced the world to the Large Professor. In honor of that classic album I’ve dug up some footage of a Fat Beats show where Extra P was the headliner. I didn’t want to post up the whole show so here’s an abbreviated version. Large murders this set with classic after classic. In addition to his own catalog his man Hill drops an ill beat and Skillz jumps up on stage to kick a verse. Large even needle drops a Joe Tex 45 while rhyming all at the same time. Being a true scientist, P had set up a table full of drum machines, samplers, turntables and anything else he could find to play music. P gave you a full show. New verses, live beats, spontaneity and gave you 110% performance all the way until the end. I was the house DJ that night and when Paul’s show was over I tried to sneak in an extra joint for him to do, but no go. LOL. The good ol’ days.


April 19, 2000

Video edited by BeeShine


[Via Rap Is Outta Control]

Originally from egotripland.com: Large Professor — Live at S.O.B.s (2000) (VIDEO).

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.1.16

Fat Beats: An Oral History.
The store’s founder Joseph Abajian, along with DJ Eclipse, El-P, Evil Dee, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Buckwild, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, Ill Bill, Talib Kweli, Percee P, Q-Unique, Mista Sinista, Breeze Brewin, Audible Doctor, Homeboy Sandman, and others reminisce over New York City’s legendary “last stop for hip-hop.” By Phillip Mlynar
[Red Bull Music Academy]

N.W.A Reflect on Efil4zaggin, 1991’s Most Dangerous Album.
Rappers look back on meeting Guns N’ Roses, their messy break-up and a gangsta-rap turning point. By Kory Grow
[Rolling Stone]

Prophets of Rage: Inside New Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup.
How Rage Against The Machine (minus Zack de la Rocha), Chuck D and B-Real united for one of the most anticipated groups of the year. By Andy Greene
[Rolling Stone Link 1 & 2]

Zulu Nation apologizes to Afrika Bambaataa’s alleged sex abuse victims weeks after attacking their claims.
“We extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him.” By Michael O’keeffe
[New York Daily News]

Prince’s Own Liner Notes On His Greatest Hits.
“When Prince’s first greatest hits collection was released, Prince made private comments as a guide for the liner notes. Later briefly posted on his website thedawn.com in 1996, Prince’s comments have been lost for the last 20 years, but now provide a rare first-person insight into how he saw some of his most famous songs.” Intro by Anil Dash
[Medium]

Prince Paul Interviewed at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival.
On Superblack, Phife (R.I.P.), Stet, more. By Brian Coleman
[Medium]

A Renegade Muscles In On Mister Softee’s Turf.
New York Ice Cream, staffed by drivers who used to cover Midtown Manhattan for Mister Softee, has had the area locked down for at least a year, Mister Softee said. The renegade is enforcing its dominance with threats and intimidation that sometimes get physical. “From 34th to 60th Street, river to river, that’s ours. You will never see a Mister Softee truck in Midtown. If you do, there will be problems.” By Andy Newman & Emily S. Rueb
[The New York Times]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.1.16