Fat Beats began as a small basement shop located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. We quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate. Our retail stores spread from New York to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo and alongside retail expansion we developed into a wholesale distribution company.
Though our retail locations have since closed, Fat Beats; as a distributor, record label and online storefront, continues to thrive. Despite market fluctuations, technological innovations and stylistic revolutions, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the timeless vinyl format and the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus) – they are descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp. The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album's worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. "I flew out there," Mayer says. "His wife made me spaghetti and everything."The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer's return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009. Until then, stay classy.
Giraffage’s signature remixes of R&B favorites quickly took him from blogs to Boiler Room and beyond, as he won over dancefloors worldwide with lush, bass-driven sets. No Reason marks another new turning point for this artist, who has grown from flipping Janet Jackson songs to crafting indelible slow jams of his own. The chopped vocals and bubble wrap riffs of “Tell Me” combine for a Tumblr-era love ballad like none other, and the entire EP is as heartfelt as it is head-nodding.
In the aftermath of L'Orange's 2014 album The Orchid Days, the After The Flowers EP is a warm vignette- a glimpse into life after the end of the world. Waking up to a surreal heavenscape, our tragic figure searches for his place somewhere between life and death. Expanding on the themes of love and loss, L'Orange teams up with artists Chuck Inglish, Johaz, Blame One, Meyhem Lauren, Red Pill, Amerigo Gazaway, & more to bring us a stream of consciousness epilogue to his 2014 album The Orchid Days.
Legendary rapper John Robinson joined forces with dynamic beatmaker Chief to craft this aptly-titled intercontinental masterpiece, “We the Prolific”. After over a year of exchanges, team work and perfecting, the album is finally ready to come out on Feelin’ Music. The collaborative effort, born out of mutual appreciation both personal and musical, shows two universes collapsing into one substantial outcome, a solid album blending elements of traditional hip-hop with modern productions. Over the sinuous course of its thirteen diverse tracks, “We the Prolific” showcases the distinctive flow and lyrics of John Robinson perfectly complementing Chief’s twisted productions, an unlikely alliance pushing the boundaries of hip-hop while preserving its backbone. The album features guest appearances by both confirmed and upcoming artists such as Kyra Climbingbear, Skitslam, Cymarshall Law, ID 4 Windz, Tiffany Paige, Jocelyn Ellis, and more. “We the Prolific” truly is a refreshing hip-hop exploit by these two confirmed driving forces of the current hip-hop and beats scene.
FINALLY BACK IN STOCK The first official release from the legendary Detroit collective Slum Village (Baatin, T3, Jay Dee) returns with an official vinyl re-issue. While Fantastic Vol. 1 brings the now beloved raw and rugged lyricism of the 1990’s, it is the first taste of the now heralded production of Jay Dee that makes Fantastic Vol. 1 a must have on wax. What started as a local phenomenon has blossomed into a worldwide classic thanks to the signature style and rhyme of James Yancey. As Questlove said, “The success that was deserved eluded the original lineup for Slum Village...those who were 10 years tardy to the party can find their invite within the selections of this disk”. In addition to the entire album on two pieces of vinyl, the 2011 version of Fantastic Vol 1. includes a bonus 7” featuring the previously unreleased “Keep It On (Instrumental) and “Bounce Wit a N*gga”.
What happens when an Austrian rap producer with a history of more than 20 years in the game, teams up with some of his favorite MC's from the US? First of all, great music. But wait a second, who's that guy? Flip is a veteran producer and rap enthusiast from Linz, Austria who got addicted to hip-hop and its culture in the early 80's when he first heard joints by The Fat Boys and Melle Mel on Austrian radio. A couple years later, heavily being influenced by the sound of Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim and EPMD, Flip and a bunch of other rap-nerds founded the nationally critically acclaimed group Texta in 1993 and became the originators of the Austrian rap scene. Flip also has been organizing hip-hop shows in his hometown Linz since 1994 and started building connections to the US indie rap circuit since 2000. So as these connections grew, Flip began to record songs with the artists passing through and doing shows. Out of many tracks Flip recorded, he picked the best collabos for his "Reflections" album, with a line-up boasting artists from all corners of the US, like AG (of D.I.T.C.), Killah Priest of the Wu-Tang family, Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Edo. G, Kev Brown, LMNO, Tragic Allies and many more. Flip's signature sound is deeply rooted in the classic boom bap tradition with thick and hard-hitting drums and chopped samples, but also incorporates synth sounds, deep 808 low end and unconventional song layouts that move away from the old two bar loop formula. Flip is also a DJ and record digger, and handled most of the cuts on his album himself. And yes, he is also an MC, just in case you wondered. After putting out 7 classic albums with his legendary Austrian group Texta since 1993 and a solo album in 2010, plus crafting beats for various German, French, Swiss, US and Jamaican artists, Flip's music finally gets released for a wider audience and rap connoisseurs all around the globe. As the Akrobatik cut in the outro track proclaims: ""Dope beats, rhymes and cuts, so now what!"" - this is pure, uncut, and raw rap music that has its foundation in the past but also takes a perspective into the future.
Professor P & DJ Akilles are a critically acclaimed hiphop-duo from Uppsala, Sweden. Since 2006 they have been a significant part of the Scandinavian music-scene and they have received worldwide attention with their vinyl EP "Maintain" (2010), their full-length album "The Realism" (2012) and the vinyl EP "Brews & Good News". The duo has worked with well respected names such as Blu (Blu & Exile), A.G. (DITC), Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Promoe (LoopTroop Rockers), Rah Digga (Flipmode Squad), Timbuktu, Adam Tensta and Daniel Adams-Ray. With well-rehearsed live-shows filled with unexpected features and crowd-pleasing surprises, Pro & Ak have become famous for controlling the stage. They have supported legendary hip-hop acts like De La Soul, D.I.T.C. and Talib Kweli and are frequently booked around Scandinavia. "All Year, Every Year: Winter" is a 3 track 7" colored vinyl EP. All songs are produced and arranged by Professor P & DJ Akilles and the EP features the legendary emcee Rah Digga (Flipmode Squad). Musically the key components are dope beats, fresh rhymes and ill cuts. Add just the right amount of simplicity, a lot of soul and some carefully picked drumbreaks and you have the Pro & Ak formula to make your head nod. "All Year, Every Year: Winter" make up one fourth of Professor P & DJ Akilles upcoming album ""All Year, Every Year"". The album is divided into four EPs and each EP is named after a season (and released on vinyl influenced by the seasons colors). The EPs will be released throughout the year and if you buy all four you will be able to form the cover for the full length album. Get yours!
Philadelphia’s best kept secret and musician/producer genius Swarvy delivers his new album “Scotch” on Feelin’ music. Swarvy links with bassist Jerry Thompson III and band mate Ryan McKenney to compose “SCOTCH,” his first official release of original, sample-free music. Channeling the grooves and moods of 70s jazz and funk, Swarvy shapes the raw instrumentation with modern production techniques to make an album that sounds distantly familiar, yet still new and unique at the same time. Features remixes by MNDSGN and Devonwho.
Sour Soul is the collaborative album from Toronto jazz/hip-hop band BADBADNOTGOOD and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960s and 70s music - taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era, and eschewing sampling in favour of live instrumentation, BBNG with producer Frank Dukes have created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface's vivid storytelling. Sour Soul also features guest spots from MF DOOM, Elzhi (Slum Village/J Dilla), Danny Brown and prodigal new rapper Tree (Project Mayhem).
The Ecology is the upcoming second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Fashawn. The album is currently scheduled to be released on September 30, 2014 by Nas' Mass Appeal Records. The album's production, similar to his debut album Boy Meets World (2009), will be handled primarily by his longtime collaborator and record producer Exile. In 2014, Fashawn signed a recording contract with Nas' new label Mass Appeal Records for the distribution of the album. The title and concept of the album entails exploring the "ecology" of one's environment: the people, objects, and events surrounding one's life, the things that provoke human behavior, how individual choices lead to different paths, and how everyone and everything is ultimately interconnected.
"Everyone can relate to being good and evil," states Nutso, who explains how his alliance with Divided Souls Ent. & DJ Pain 1, "Played on this duality by guiding the stories and topics that meshed with the overall vibe of the project." To expand on the creative process, Chris Moss of Divided Souls Entertainment details Nutso's creative process: "What's special about Nutso is that he is overflowing with ideas, and he's open-minded to suggestions to maximize the end result. This just makes it easier on us to push our own limits as well." With seven tracks that exemplify the struggle to stay on the right path while being tempted by sin, Divided Soul crafts a relatable project that captures a universal daily plight.
PHILADELPHIA, 2004. Random, aka Mega Ran, and Storyville met as colleagues in an underground Hip Hop collective. Ran was already known around town as one of the best up and coming emcees while Story was starting to build a buzz on the battle scene. When they first met, their musical chemistry was undeniable. It wasn't long before Storyville was showing up on Random's records in different capacities. In 2005 Storyville produced a record with a violist named Holly Fulton, and Random turned that instrumental into the song "Push". Eventually Random moved out to Phoenix and Storyville went off to New York to pursue recording and mixing. The two stayed in touch over the years but it wasn't until 2008 and when they really reunited. They both independently decided to enter the Scribble Jam Rap Battle preliminary rounds in their respective locations - Random in Phoenix, Storyville in New York. Each won a place in the final competition (and the very last Scribble Jam) in Cincinnati. The two reconnected like they had never missed a step. In 2009, Ran wrote a song with producer Samik, which Weiss engineered. That song was "Splash Woman" and became Mega Ran's most popular song to date. Fast forward to 2015, and now Random is also known as Mega Ran, the first rap artist ever to be licensed by Capcom. The world's foremost video game inspired musician. Storyville is now a leading mixing engineer, whose tutorial series "Mixing Rap Vocals" has been accessed over a million times. "It could be my most complete work ever, and I don't say that much," Ran says of the project's progress. "We're both stepping outside of our comfort zones and creating really challenging and fun music." The album will contain much of the fun that the two have exhibited on tracks like "UknowTheName," and the musicality of tracks like "Push" into one concise package. "The timing was finally right," says Storyville. "We've been so busy, but we've carved out the time to dedicate to this project, and it shows." Weiss has spent the last seven years engineering for some of the biggest names in music, including Grammy winners Arrested Development, George Clinton, and Ronnie Spector. "My career as an engineer really took off, but making this project with Ran called me back to my roots." Meanwhile, after being named LA Weekly's "Artist Likely to Be Big in 2014," Ran has made good on the projections in superhero-like leaps and bounds. He has organized successful tours of the US, Japan, and Europe, released a documentary DVD, orchestrated a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, all while releasing several critically acclaimed albums. The Soul Veggies album will include production by Storyville, Small Pro, frequent collaborator Samik ("Splash Woman") and more, and guest vocals by legendary MC Wise Intelligent of the acclaimed group Poor Righteous Teachers, among others. The album contains everything we've seen from the two, solo and collectively, from B-Boy styled park jams ("React,") humorous contemporary rap commentary ("Rappin About Rappin") to carefully constructed introspective tales ("Another Day"), and of course, video games ("Life's A Game"). Mega Ran and Storyville are Soul Veggies.
F5 Records and Thrash Flow are happy to announce the release of DJ Crucial’s "Retro Active" on double cassette with new and unreleased material from 1997-2014. All tracks are straight from the original 4 track tapes, floppy disks and sessions. Classic heavy-hitting pioneers fill the roster, including Large Professor, MF Grimm, Count Bass D, Casual, Grand Puba and Sadat X, alongside artists like the Alps Cru (the holy grail of indie hip hop), Black Spade, Jia Davis and Deep Six. All the beats have DJ Crucial’s consistent homage to the boom bap 90's using the SP 1200 and MPC 2000. This is a limited edition of 200 double cassettes. Tape one is the full Retro Active album on a black cassette and tape two includes all instrumentals on a white cassette.
The first official release from the legendary Detroit collective Slum Village (Baatin, T3, Jay Dee) returns with an official vinyl re-issue. While Fantastic Vol. 1 brings the now beloved raw and rugged lyricism of the 1990’s, it is the first taste of the now heralded production of Jay Dee that makes Fantastic Vol. 1 a must have on wax. What started as a local phenomenon has blossomed into a worldwide classic thanks to the signature style and rhyme of James Yancey. As Questlove said, “The success that was deserved eluded the original lineup for Slum Village...those who were 10 years tardy to the party can find their invite within the selections of this disk”. In addition to the entire album on two pieces of vinyl, the 2011 version of Fantastic Vol 1. includes a bonus 7” featuring the previously unreleased “Keep It On (Instrumental) and “Bounce Wit a N*gga”.
Finished in 1998, unreleased until 2000, and featuring reworked material that dates back to the trio’s earliest years, Fantastic Vol. 2 is practically a retrospective of Slum Village’s career. After producer Jay Dee started working with A Tribe Called Quest, the hip-hop press was anxious to label this Detroit trio the second coming of Tribe. In truth, it was something much more interesting. At a time when hip-hop was obsessed with singles, Slum Village was all about song sketches. At a time when the public demanded bombast from its artists, Slum Village embodied introversion and intimacy. At a time when shiny music was in fashion, Slum Village made songs cloaked in the dirt and dark mystery of Detroit. Fantastic Vol. 2 has indelible beats and stellar raps, but beyond that, it’s more than anything a master class in mood. The song structures are often faint, but had the group worked these sketches into conventional singles they’d lose the ghostly, sexy, understated vibe that is this album’s essence. “Players,” “Tell Me,” and “Untitled/ Fantastic” have all since become underground classics.
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Brown Sugar is the debut album from D'Angelo, released on July 3, 1995. Brown Sugar features a fusion of contemporary R&B and traditional soul music, along with elements of funk, quiet storm, and hip hop music. Upon its release, Brown Sugar received acclaim from music critics and earned D'Angelo several accolades. In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of this classic album UMe will be reissuing it back on vinyl for this first time in almost 10 years, on limited edition white vinyl.
Run the Jewels released their sophomore album Run The Jewels 2 in October 2014, which went onto universal critical acclaim. The album went on to receive multiple year end accolades including: 2014’s #1 Album of the Year (Pitchfork, Stereogum, USA Today, Complex, London Evening Standard, etc), Album of the Year List (Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, NME, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Newsweek, etc), Song of the Year List (Spin, NME, Time, etc) and more! Their press coverage has extended to far beyond just music publications, with features running in Slate, Gizmodo, Fast Company, CNN, US Weekly, Huffington Post, etc. Since the album release, the duo has gone to finish a nearly sold out 45+ date Wolrld Tour. Furthermore, a kickstarter project based off of remixing the album with cat sounds, entitled “Meow the Jewels” went viral and raised over $65,000; this project is set to release later this summer. Due to an overwhelming high demand, the group will be re-issuing a physical version of their now-classic first album, Run The Jewels, for the first time since 2013. CD and Vinyl releases will include a cool, new iron-on Run The Jewels patch. This album was named Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” upon release and features Big Boi, Prince Paul and Until the Ribbon Breaks. Run The Jewels continue to support their album this year and will bemaking several major festival appearances including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Festival, amongst others.
Instinct fuels Common during his pre-artistic makeover era. The most enjoyable tracks are the ones where Com lets his guard down and lets us peek inside his mind. "The Question" ponders the imponderable, in a way that Tribe Called Quest did on "What?" He exacts revenge on some stick-up kids on "Payback is a Grandmother." The finest moment is "The Sixth Sense," a collaboration with DJ Premier that has everything a hip-hop track should have: smart lyrics, sharp hook, plus beats and scratches. With Common flying by the seat of his impulses, Like Water For Chocolate serves as a reminder that he is a rapper first and social theorist second.
Grammy award-winning, legendary producer Diamond D of the historical Diggin’ In the Crates (D.I.T.C.) collective returns with the instrumentals off of his critically acclaimed 2014 LP “The Diam Piece”. “The Diam Piece” featured the likes of Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Rapsody, Hi-Tek, A.G., FAT JOE, Alchemist, Pharaohe Monch, Black Rob, ELZHI, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Scram Jones, Guilty Simpson, Tha Alkaholiks, Nottz and more. The record was Diamond’s first production compilation album, produced almost entirely by himself, except for the bonus track “Superman” produced by DJ Scratch. “The Diam Piece” as well as this Instrumental release are being released on Dymond Mine Records and is full of the classic productions for which he is best known. “I wanted to make a classic sounding project with some of my favorite iconic and new MC’s... I call it “Brand New Retro” in this age of keyboard synth beats and dumbed down lyricism.” Says Diamond on the new album. No watered-down Hip Hop, just the MPC 3000, The Yamaha Motif ES8, an intricate selection of samples and the mic skills.
After twenty years in the game and an illustrious career that's seen him work with everyone from Madlib and J Rocc, to his legendary Dilla collaborations as "Frank N Dank" and beyond, Frank Nitt is readying a new solo project, Frankie Rothstein, for release on Fat Beats Records. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, J Rocc and J Dilla, Frankie Rothstein captures Nitt at a new level of maturity and growth, tackling the realities of the modern music business through the lens of an emcee with two decades of experience under his belt. The album's lead single "Money On My Mind", featuring Illa J and T3, is available now on iTunes. Continue Reading →
Download Dag Savage - The Warning Tape from Dirty Science. Their album “E&J” drops Feb 4th. Pre-Order CD & LP: Until then enjoy “The Warning Tape” featuring Dirty Science crew Members Blu, Aloe Blacc, Choosey, GonjaSufi, Denmark Vessey and more.. DOWNLOAD FULL MIXTAPE HERE Continue Reading →