On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 Fat Beats Los Angeles reopened its iconic doorways.
Fat Beats closed its doorways in Los Angeles again on September 19th, 2010. The New York location closed down earlier that very same month. For many, the closure of Fat Beats marked the tip of an period. The document retailer being closed left an incredible void within the metropolis. Fans not had that go to hub for celebrating Hip-hop tradition. Fat Beats was a spot the place music was pushed to the forefront, you would uncover new artists and see unbelievable reside performances on any given night time.
Thats why when it was introduced that Fat Beats would make its return to LA, the Hip-hop neighborhood unfold the great phrase like wildfire. House Shoes had a very nice submit on his Instagram in regards to the grand opening of the brand new retailer.
The grand opening was unbelievable, two of our Word Is Bond group members George and Eric have been capable of attend. So many pillars of the Hip-hop neighborhood in LA have been there to point out help. The lineup up of performers was particular as effectively. The lineup included probably the most proficient beatsmiths and DJs from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, Dibia$e, House Shoes, Ras G, Exile and DJ Babu. One after the opposite, these proficient artists spun dope information that had the brand new retailer packed to the brim with followers. Check out some images taken from the grand opening of Fat Beats under.
Exile went on at 7:15PM and had among the best units as a result of he introduced alongside a handful of particular visitors. Most notably, he introduced out his longtime accomplice Blu. After his shock efficiency with Exile, we had the chance to talk with Los Angeles legend Blu.
When requested about what Fat Beats meant to him, Blu shared his nostalgia related to the document retailer.
“The document retailer was the supply. It was the supply, it was the place everyone touched down at. We used to return by bus and ditch faculty to get to Fat Beats. That was means again within the days and we’re glad Fat Beats is again! Plus we don’t should ditch faculty anymore haha.”
Blu went on to debate what performing on the grand opening of Fat Beats was like.
“It feels good, it feels actually good man. Exile introduced us out and had us right here as particular visitors. We’re honored to be right here.”
Blu additionally shared some details about future occasions and exhibits at Fat Beats from him on the Dirty Science crew.
“We have some new information popping out with Fat Beats. So we’re undoubtedly trying to do extra in-stores sooner or later.”
DJ Babu arrives to spin round 9PM for his attendees. The Beat Junkie turntablist decides to play some new music from his upcoming tasks that will probably be out there by Fat Beats, reminiscent of a 45″ sequence, the fourth set up of Duck Season, and Super Duper Duck Flips. Before he begins his set, he takes individuals again in time to when he found Fat Beats in New York, and the way he and the remainder of the Junkies finally labored for Fat Beats when it opened for the primary time in LA. The opening of the LA retailer occurred 6-Eight 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 someway he heard in regards to the document to retailer that took over the house over the Beatles’ outdated shoe retailer. He and the Bay Area legend DJ Shortkut went to go pay the shop a go to.
“And so I walked in and so they’re enjoying my DMC battle tape on the TV,” Babu stated. “And my man Joe was behind the counter and was like, ‘Yo, Shortkut, Babu… what’s up,’ and it turned like household ever since.”
Abaijan acknowledged that the resurrection of the shop was necessary to his group and the neighborhood. Ever because the retailer closed, the factor of even having an awesome retailer that was devoted to the hip-hop neighborhood, went together with that, too. The thought of an underground neighborhood these days appears to fall on ears of those that have apparently been unaware.
“Hip-hop has all these completely different meanings, however there’s a void of all the good things that’s (form of) not being pushed,” Abaijan stated. “There’s an underground neighborhood that’s actually massive however individuals don’t find out about it.”
When the shop was open again within the ’90s, it was for the conferences of the minds. Customers would both are available in and store, and even simply hang around and take heed to dope music that may be enjoying by the DJs that labored there. Abaijan hopes that this factor of the expertise can even return to in the present day’s crowd as soon as they step into the shop.
Plans to reopen a retailer in New York aren’t presently within the works. For Abaijan, the opportunity of a series alternative needs to be affordable.
“I wouldn’t go open a retailer in New York,” Abaijan stated. “But if the state of affairs offered itself that is sensible, there might be one there.”
Talks among the many attendees have been nostalgic relating to the recollections of their previous experiences on the retailer. Now that the shop is again and operating, extra recollections are anticipated to be made.
“Congrats Joe, we’re glad to have you ever again,” Babu stated.