The shuttering of the historic shop’s doors last August left behind droves of disappointed lovers of Hip-Hop worldwide, the legendary East Village record store having stood as a staple of the Hip-Hop community since opening in 1994. Though records were still for sale on their web site, owner Joseph Abaijan aka DJ Jab wanted to rekindle what made Fat Beats so special — the community aspect.
On Saturday, March 5th, he was able to accomplish this with the first launch of a monthly Pop-Up Shop record store and music celebration. Located approximately four miles from the original East Village location, entering the 3rd floor Brooklyn warehouse was an experience akin to traveling back to a time when connoisseurs first began gathering in the original location to share space with others of like mind. Rekindling lost feelings for a day, Hip-Hop heads intermingled with luminary MCs and DJs like DJ Spinna, DJ Evil Dee, DJ Eclipse and Rich Medina and the gathering was beautiful, proving once again that Hip-Hop still thrives.
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