Fat Beats Celebrates Twenty Five Years
The Indie Hip-Hop Giant Celebrates Their Quarter Centennial with a Bicoastal Concert Series
By: Fat Beats
It's been a helluva ride for Fat Beats, which has evolved and thrived in a rapidly changing music industry by keeping pace and staying ahead of the curve. After closing their NYC and LA retail stores in 2010, everything shifted for the brand once synonymous with underground hip-hop. Though still representing for the culture, Fat Beats began to put on artists beyond the world of rap through their savvy distribution channels and online store.
"While the Fat Beats brand is synonymous with underground hip-hop, there's always been a link between the culture that Fat Beats represents in name, and a broader range of genres from soul, funk, world, jazz and everything in between," explains Joe Dent, Fat Beats' General Manager.
From acts such as Daron Malakian (of System Of A Down) to Little Dragon and labels like Mango Hill and Ropadope, Fat Beats has become the home for acclaimed music of any genre. And for the heads still craving ground-breaking hip-hop, they have their incredible Baker's Dozen series featuring the likes of Exile, Dibia$e and Ras G, in addition to a notable catalog of full length releases from Black Milk, Roc Marciano, ILL BILL, Clear Soul Forces, Marco Polo & Masta Ace, and Your Old Droog, to name a few.
All of this momentum has led to the announcement of two concerts—Sunday, July 14th at Sony Hall in NYC and Saturday, August 10th at The Regent in DTLA. The New York show's lineup is bursting with living underground rap legends including Vinnie Paz (with Esoteric), Non Phixion, Necro, Bahamadia, and The Last Emperor, among others. In LA, concert-goers will be treated to sets from Dilated Peoples, Tha Alkaholiks, Blu & Exile, LA Breakers, Cut Chemist, Nu-Mark, House Shoes and DJ Eclipse.
Here's to another 25 years!
Sony Hall Concert Tickets: https://www.sonyhall.com/
"For 16 years, a record store called Fat Beats was New York City's hip-hop Mecca." -RedBull Music Academy Daily
"For hip-hop heads of legal drinking age, the name Fat Beats inevitably conjures memories of teenage years spent trawling through racks of vinyl." -Los Angeles Times
"Fat Beats didn't just sell records–it created a community." -Village Voice
"Fat Beats has always had one mission: to be a hip-hop Mecca, a place for heads to come together and support the culture." -Complex
"It's hard to think of independent Hip Hop without thinking about Fat Beats." -HipHopDX
"Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store." -Brooklyn Vegan