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.
MF DOOM & MADLIB ARE MADVILLAIN. The MC and producer's collaboration Madvillainy was released 10 years ago this week. Stones Throw has released a subtle update of the vinyl in silver, black & day-glo orange: Madvillainy (limited, 10-year anniversary edition). Here's how it happened. Madlib wanted to record with Doom. We found the guy, brought him out to the house in the east Los Angeles hills where Stones Throw was based at the time. Most of the tracks were written and recorded there, Madlib making beats in a former bomb shelter downstairs, Doom writing on the back porch and recording in a bedroom. "Meat Grinder" and "Figaro" were made in the first couple days – songs lit, in the booth, with the best host / Doing bong hits on the roof out in the west coast. Madlib and Egon were in Brazil after the first round of tracks were put together, which Madlib bought to listen to on a CD-R. He made a few more beats out there which would end up on the album, using a portable record player, an SP 303 and a borrowed cassette deck. Meanwhile, some sad-sack jackass burned a copy of the demo and decided to post it on the internet – wasn't even tweaked and it leaked into cyberspace / couldn't wait for the snipes to place / at least a track list in bold print type face. Declaring the album "already out," the artists more or less gave up on the record and it took months to bring them back to the project. Verse 2 of "Rhinestone Cowboy" was written and recorded over 6 months after the first verse. Sometimes he rhyme quick, sometimes he rhyme slow, or vice versa / Whip up a slice of nice verse pie, hit it on the first try. Be weary of the "first try" claim – Doom tweaked and perfected his lyrics and delivery several times through late 2003. Madvillainy with no hooks and dirty beats was released March 23, 2004. Exec produced by PB Wolf. Design by Jeff Jank. Mastered by Dave Cooley. Photos by Eric Coleman. James Reitano made a badass video. 10 years later we're all patiently waiting for the next record.
Continuing Get On Down’s People Records deluxe reissues series - which launched on Record Store Day in April 2014 with the release of the JB’s classic 1972 album Food For Thought - this unique box is the celebration of James Brown’s People label and some of the imprint’s most famous singles. Each 45 has been lovingly re-created with visuals taken from the original artwork. And beyond the singles themselves, this set includes a deluxe, cloth-covered carrying case with a People Records logo on the exterior and purple People embossing throughout the interior. Featured 45s include James Brown’s “Escape-ism” (1971); Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” (1972); Fred Wesley & The JBs’ “Same Beat” (1973); The Devils’ “X-Sorcist” (1974); and Maceo & The Macks’ “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)” (1974). This is a soul, funk and hip-hop DJ’s dream!
Limited-edition 10" vinyl release for the first volume of KUTMAH's "Black Wave Tapes" series. This 24-minute album features Kutmah's "First Beat Recorded" (created circa 1998) plus 8 additional tracks originally recorded in London 2013. This collectible album comes pressed in classic heavyweight black vinyl, plus is housed in a one-of-a-kind, screenprinted jacket by HIT+RUN.
Limited-edition 10" vinyl release for the second volume of KUTMAH's "Black Wave Tapes" series. This 24-minute album features nine of Kutmah's favorite beats from the original 27-track release. This collectible album comes pressed in classic heavyweight black vinyl, plus is housed in a one-of-a-kind screen printed jacket by HIT+RUN.
Fall 2014 re-press vinyl edition features a new matte jacket and download card w/ full EP and remixes by Lord Raja (Ghostly), Archie Pelago, Brendon Moeller (Prologue), Baebro, Gut Nose, Patrick Russell (Interdimensional Transmissions) available for the first time in physical form. Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from SUNY Purchase’s Music Conservatory, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid. A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP. Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everything" captures the carefree nature of young summers in stark contrast to the inevitable maturity and subservience to life's rat race in "Keep On Running". Those thick grooves give way to slinky, bittersweet ballads and psychotropic-addled burners in "Naeja" and "Me Alone", the latter decorated with tongue-in-cheek lyricism. The CD edition features new artwork and includes remixes by Lord Raja (Ghostly), Archie Pelago, Brendon Moeller (Prologue), Baebro, Gut Nose, Patrick Russell (Interdimensional Transmissions).
"I mostly listened to cassettes until I was around 14 because my brother and I just never put a CD player in our shitty old car," says NATHAN BROADDUS, the 22 year old Harlem by way of Palmrya, Virginia producer known as EVENINGS. The newest signing to the Friends of Friends squad, Evenings is prepping his first release on the label, Yore, a remastered LP consisting of songs previously included on his North Dorm EP and Lately LP. After developing his aesthetic through a steady intake of analog equipment, old cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel machines dug up at yard sales and thrift stores, Broaddus emerged from the vein of second-hand lo-fi haze to produce crisp, crystalline hi-fidelity art that encourages introspection and zen-like meditation. It's music for the morning after the after party to save your soul; drawing inspiration from a wide musical spectrum that spans from Minimalism and Psychedelic, to the Ambient, peripheral electronic explorations of Boards of Canada, and Brian Eno.
Debut LP from Chicago producer A-Villa featuring a stellar lineup of rap features Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano, Blu, Killer Mike, Elzhi, Kool G Rap, Oh No, Lil Fame, Guilty Simpson, Joe Budden, Freeway, Termanology, Norega, Reks, Willie The Kid, Ras Kass, Vic Spencer, TREE, Joell Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., Inspectah Deck, Sean Price, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Rapsody, BJ the Chicago Kid & many more. Super limited hand numbered pressing of 200 units worldwide on double 12" black virgin vinyl.
When it comes to making great music, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Today’s 140-character absorbed music lover may not be used to the experience of sitting through an entire album, but that is about to change. The first full-length collaboration from Royce Da 5’9” and DJ Premier will be celebrated for its true Hip-Hop makeup and its overall purpose. This is one of the reasons they started making music in the first place, and this is why they formed the group PRhyme. Individually, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” have long been established in hip-hop culture. PRhyme is the first full-length record from the duo and is comprised of nine tracks featuring the likes of today’s most prolific artists in the industry, including Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Dwele. Sprinkled with classic hip-hop elements, the album is refreshingly contemporary, featuring the slick spitting of Royce Da 5’9 and vivid cuts and scratched hooks that have long been DJ Premier’s calling card. With the entire album composed of samples courtesy of psychedelic soul composer and producer Adrian Younge (Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah), the record stands apart, sounding like nothing else in the hip hop market today. With PRhyme, Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier raise the bar and present an unprecedented work of art, reminding listeners what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.
The 5th volume in the HIT+RUN Presents "ROAD KILL" compilation series. "ROAD KILL Vol. 5" contains 27 exclusive & unreleased songs from the HIT+RUN global family representing musicians and producers from Los Angeles, New York, London, San Diego, Long Beach, Chicago, Adelaide & Tucson including the IZWID, BLACK JUNGLE SQUAD, ONE HANDED MUSIC, BRAINFEEDER, A1R, NINJA TUNE, DRUMETRICS, BUTTER MADE, ALPHA PUP, MY HOLLOW DRUM, 92 POINTS, MACHINA MUERTE, LEAVING RECORDS, FACES and CREV LABS Crews. Available on a limited-edition slimline digipak CD.
Warner Bros. Records has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. The group's first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2nd. This will be the 1st release from the legendary group in 7 years.
The Audible Doctor has produced records for 50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Joell Ortiz (Slaughterhouse), Consequence & John Legend, Onyx, Astro, Fredro Starr, Bumpy Knuckles, Sadat X & A.G., EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin), REKS, Tragedy Khadafi, Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest), Neek The Exotic, Homeboy Sandman, Blacastan, J-Live & many more. This CD (produced entirely by The Audible Doctor) features Astro, Hassaan Mackey, Consequence, Bumpy Knuckles, Guilty Simpson & John Robinson and included the instrumentals (exclusively available on the CD).
Fresh off their NYC Halloween reunion appearance, indie powerhouse Non Phixion drops the ultimate premium version of "The Future Is Now", featuring the group's classic debut in full on cassette. Available exclusively through Fat Beats.
Still residing on Planet Earth, Ras G continues his heralded legacy as an international influence in Global Beat-Making and Underground Hip Hop. Down To Earth Vol. 2 is G at his most mellow, undoubtedly crafting his smoothest work to date. The body of work presented is not only his most accessible, but an essential trip towards the origins of Ras G's upbringing. When entering Space Base, visualize Golden Era Hip Hop Polo Jackets & Dashiki Shirts. Restrict your culinary diet to home-cooked Vegetarian Ethiopian Cuisine. Celebrate listening to pioneers Pete Rock, Diamond D, Madlib, and J Dilla. Study the tools of the trade devoutly, not forcefully. Allow the MPC200XL, SP-404, and Technics 1200s to become humble extensions of the human form. "Dedicated to those all over the planet who recognize and respect the sound. Much more music coming sooner than later....roll that weed up...we going everywhere destinations unknown." - Ras G
J Rocc rolled though Stones Throw HQ a couple weeks ago and said he had a new beat tape. They threw it on, played it once. Then again. And again. A couple weeks later and it’s out. That’s how easy these things can happen sometimes. Beats on Tap(e) is a cassette release, with digital download. The album is 19 tracks, running 32 minutes. We're not sure who the guy on the cover is.
Two legendary DJs. One tape. DJ Spinna mixes the best of 90’s west coast hip hop on one side, while J.Rocc mixes the best of 90’s east coast hip hop on the other.
Box Set Includes: 3 LPs of The Future Is Now pressed on extremely limited, jaw-dropping Triple Haze Vinyl 40" x 24" Mear One Poster of the original cover art 10" x 10" Booklet Bonus 7" featuring an unreleased Large Professor-produced song from the original The Future Is Now sessions. Fresh off their NYC Halloween reunion appearance, indie powerhouse Non Phixion drops the ultimate vinyl version of "The Future Is Now". This limited edition box set includes "The Future Is Now" album on 3 LPs, 40" x 24" Mear One poster of cover art, 10" x 10" booklet and a 7-inch record of a previously unreleased Large Professor produced song from the original "TFIN" sessions. 400 will be pressed in the jaw-dropping "Triple Haze" variant and an extremely limited 100 copies will be available in the nuclear-radiated "Glow In The Dark" variant. This triple vinyl box set is limited to these 500 and exclusively available through www.fatbeats.com. A double vinyl version without all the bells and whistles will be available Spring 2015.
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul. Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA “For best results, listen at maximum volume” should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies? The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
Joey Bada$$'s debut album drops January 20th, 2015
Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after 9 years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him... Pitchfork Media has said “Ghostface has unparalleled storytelling instincts. He might be the best, most colorful storyteller rap has ever seen”. Q Magazine called him “rap’s finest storyteller”. On his new release 36 Seasons those powers have never been more in-focus, as he takes his listeners on a gut-wrenching journey of double-cross and revenge through the rough and rugged housing projects of New York’s Staten Island. On 36 Seasons Ghostface once again delivers exactly what the hardcore Wu-fans crave: desperate tales from the dark side over soulful boom-bap tracks. The soundscape is provided The Revelations [Brooklyn’s acclaimed soul band/production team]. Their hard-hitting tracks match the intensity of Ghost’s violent narrative. His co-stars on 36 Seasons are legendary lyricists and storytellers in their own right, 3 of the greatest of all-time: AZ, Kool G Rap and Pharoahe Monch. The album also features vocal contributions from Blue Note Records’ rising star Kandace Springs and gritty soul singers Rell and Tre Williams.
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 →
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