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Fat Beats ’96 cypher w/ Ill Bill, Q-Unique, A.L. Skills & Last Emperor (Video)

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Fat Beats had so many artists working for the company that at any given time a cipher could break out. Here’s a perfect example. Last Emp and A.L. were hanging out at the store while Q and Bill were working. The following is what would happen all the time. Not an advertised in-store, not promoting a particular project, just 4 hungry emcees showcasing their craft to a store full of customers.

Fat Beats ’96 footage (Video)

Another one of those old footages of the NY Fat Beats store, this one at the original location on E.9th street.

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Today (July 14, 2015) marks the 21st anniversary since the opening of the first Fat Beats location at 323 E. 9th St. (which later went on to become Bobbito’s Footwork). Here’s some old footage I came across of the basement store with some of the earliest staff. Ryan Sikorski, Neal Santos, Ricardo (who didn’t work there, but ended up co-founding the Amsterdam store with Ryan), Mark Kotlinski (88HipHop.com), DJ Hiro (R.I.P.) and some bonus footage of Mista Sinista (X-Men) practicing while Hiro observes. And even though the owner Joseph Abajian isn’t in this clip he represents with a phone call to the store at the end of the clip. It’s a cool look at what was out and what we were carrying back then as you see the titles of vinyl that lined the walls. Especially for those that never got a chance to make it to the OG location. The stores may all be gone, but the company still lives on. http://www.fatbeats.com

Common at Fat Beats (’97 Throwback)

Another DJ Eclipse video treat…

“Here’s a clip from Common’s Fat Beats NYC in-store for “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”. The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.’s “The Black Album” (w/Dug Infinite) which had come out early that week. This Common album was the last time that No I.D. and Com would do an album together until 2011. Like most in-stores at Fat Beats it was never limited to just the artist who’s in-store it was. Many times other artists would pop in and perform and on this day Lord Sear (Stretch & Bobbito/Shade 45) had stopped by and got on the mic with Common. Shout out to Mista Sinista from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners who not only did all the scratches on Common’s earlier albums, but was present this day to provide the music. In fact, his album “X-Pressions” with the rest of The X-Ecutioners had dropped earlier that week as well.”