Blank Face LP is a collection of catchy, urgent gangsta rap songs that show the South Central native at his charismatic best, gallows humor and tough talk failing to obscure a humane core. The album features guest appearances from several prominent artists, such as Kanye West, Jadakiss, Tha Dogg Pound, Miguel and Justine Skye, among others. The production was handled by various high-profile record producers, including Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Southside and Cardo, as well as frequent collaborators Nez & Rio, The Alchemist, DJ Dahi and members of TDE in-house production team.
If The Analog Brothers didn’t exist, the weirdest scientist couldn’t have invented them. Or perhaps they never existed. Maybe it’s possible this was all a demonic 31st century hallucination cooked up by Kool Keith and cyborg alien pimps peddling flesh and white fluff acid. But how else to explain the ultra-rare, ultra-magnetic artifact left behind: Pimp to Eat. Originally dropping from the skies in 2000, it’s being re-released by Mello Music Group, and remains the timeless mind-fuck that it was when it first emerged. It’s a laser beamed synthesized hieroglyphic that could sound timeless in any century or sonic dimension. There are a few clear things amidst the craziness. The centerpiece of the record is Pimp Rex (AKA Rex Roland), the legendary Angeleno hustler, who did production for Body Count and the chorus on Ice-T’s “I’m Your Pusher.” He enlists his longtime collaborator Ice Oscillator (Ice-T), Keith Korg (Kool Keith), Marc Moog (Marc Live), and Black Silver (Silver Synth). These are the five fly horsemen of the apocalypse, the Analog Brothers delivering digital blows, oscillating sub-tones, and urinating out of windows. According to Ice-T, the original masters of Pimp To Eat were delayed when Kool Keith’s vocals were stolen during the melee that followed the Indiana Pacers–Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship basketball game June 19, 2000 in Los Angeles. Who knows if this is true? Maybe Reggie Miller was the culprit? All we really know comes from the abstractions assaulting our eardrums. Rex Roland’s tribute to the old analog sound, eerie synthesizers and pimp-slapping 808 drum machines. Ice-T and Kool Keith trade bars like a rap Scully and Mulder. In the first minutes, the erstwhile Dr. Octagon shouts out George Gervin, swap meets and the Ultimate Warrior. On “Analog Technics,” the man better known as Black Elvis throws feces at celebrities at the Billboard Awards, sporting Superman underoos, and driving a lime green Corvette. On “More Freaks,” Keith sniffs 8 grams of coke in Calvin Klein boxer shorts, watching Wide World of Sports. While Ice-T panders with Motorola Pagers, eating Grand Slams and asking you to meet him at the back of Denny’s. This is how it goes across 16 tracks of interstellar pimping. Out of the attics of the insane comes one of the most overlooked rap classics of its era, full of bizarre boasts, ice-cold and meteor-hard beats, and the best bad examples. You couldn’t say no even if you wanted to.
(Emcee) M.I. and producer DJ Cutt return a year after releasing the critically acclaimed “Avant Garde” with a new album and concept. The duo, who have further developed their creative enterprises to incorporate film production as part of their ever expanding SIX2SIX organization, have drawn from their respective Italian and Russian heritages to adopt the personas of Luciano and Lansky in the new album “Omerta”. Describing the approach, M.I. explains “It’s to put a little of the fun back into hip hop, not just throwing out beats and bars. A return to the days where the focus was on entertainment, relating imaginative stories and putting more emphasis on actual songwriting.” The 13 tracks are a series of vignettes set in a metaphorical criminal underworld They depict familiar times, events and cultural reference points as a formula for conveying parallel meaning. Such imagery has been used by rappers for decades, eager to portray a glorified vision of themselves, but M.I. is a man on a different mission, adding “I’m not endorsing a lifestyle or suggesting this is who I am in any literal sense. I wanted to address this subject in a more intelligent way, compare mindsets and situations in a broader dynamic.”
“You’re cool, the engine’s hot, the girls gorgeous. A tankful of gas and an openroad…The rest is up to you!" Different Worlds Music Group/Fat Beats are thrilled to announce the release of the latest album from Skizz (DJ Skizz), “Cruise Control,” available everywhere on July 29th, 2016. Cruise Control is Skizz’s 2nd official producer album. Over the last couple years, Skizz has been working extensively with Your Old Droog, both producing and mixing his music, helping to propel the career of the young MC from Coney Island. He has also been touring with Droog as well as making beats for other noteworthy artists. Skizz has also been busy helping to start the new music label, Different Worlds Music Group. This will be the 2nd official release from Different Worlds. The label released Timeless Truth’s critically acclaimed “Cold Wave” album this past February. “Cruise Control is a progression for me sonically,” says Skizz. “This album takes you from where B.Q.E. left off- it’s still that raw boom-bap, but this album is a bit more laid-back and melodious. It just feels good, like you’re cruising with your lady and the cool breeze is blowing through your hair!”. Skizz recruited a mix of veteran OG MCs (O.C., Planet Asia, Roc Marciano, Evidence, etc) as well as upand- comers (Your Old Droog, Conway, Hus Kingpin, Da Villins,etc) to provide a sonically cohesive album that is set to be the official Hip-Hop soundtrack for the summer of ’16…
One fourth of the legendary Hip Hop group Brand Nubian, Sadat X is slated to release his 12th Studio album entitled "AGUA" on Tommy Boy Entertainment. Comprised of 18 new tracks, the quiet bald head with the golden voice has teamed up with an all-star production team (Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch, Will Tell and more) and has enlisted a crew of Hip-Hop heavyweights to feature on the project (Lord Jamar, Dres, R.A. The Rugged man, Rahzel, A.F.R.O., Rhyme Fest, Ed O.G., Thirstin Howl III, DV Alias Krist, Wordsworth, Shabam Sahdeeq, and Milano Constantine). The culmination of years perfecting his craft, an unimaginable amount of hours spent in the studio, and raw unadulterated lyrical skill, “AGUA”, is sure to be one of the highlights of Sadat’s solo career.
Sticking to the classic recipe of 1 MC & 1 Producer/DJ, their latest project shows that Dillon & Paten Locke are clearly at the top of their game & the top of the ‘Food Chain’. Their 2nd LP, ‘Food Chain’ is a musical menagerie of rap running the gamut from grimy to gloomy to glorious. Paten Locke’s elusive loops & dusty grooves lay the foundation for rapper, Dillon to bring his ‘straight talk’ style of writing & delivery. No gimmicks, no punches pulled. Just rugged beats & raw rhyming. Carefully curated, the guest features salt & peppered throughout the album make the meal complete. It’s an all-star cast consisting of bonafide rap legends (Black Sheep Dres, Count Bass D), modern day hip hop heroes (Homeboy Sandman, Von Pea) & emerging eccentrics (Tone Tank, Willie Evans Jr). Chock full of interludes, skits & nuggets of comedy, Food Chain is a veritable rap buffet with a little something for everybody. So grab a fork & a FULL PLATE and as Supa Dave West so artfully states, "Pour a bucket of gravy all over yourself and just feel that!" CD is a double CD (with 2 front covers) packaged with the instrumentals.This will be the only way album instros will be available. Also the CD & Cassette are the complete & unabridged version of the album.
After time travelling with l'Orange on the Time?Astonishing EP (MMG) and delivering a new episode of his "Total Orgasm" mixtape series, Kool Keith aka Tashan Dorrsett is back at work with producer Junkaz Lou (aka the Great Priest Of Dark Funk) in order to preach and teach the Galaxy about his religion and lead all you lost sheep and freaks into the light of God. "The Preacher" is yet another classic scripture by Kool Keith coming straight from the Junkadelic Temple.
Slice Of Spice is proud to present a new Marco Polo album, "MPC: Marco Polo Collectables", released in collaboration with Spaghetti Bender Music. It's been a little over a decade since Marco Polo jumped on the scene back in 2005 with his debut release, ""Canned Goods"", and is now widely recognized as one of the best producers in the game. His producer album, "Port Authority", also being recognized as a bonafide modern boom bap classic. With this release we're harping back to Marco's early roots with an all instrumental release, featuring 25 previously unreleased beats from circa 2002-2004. Not only is this album dope, it's a great exploration into Marco Polo's early adventures into beat making and the discovery of his signature sound.
Slice Of Spice is proud to present the previously unreleased El Da Sensei and K-Def collaboration, "The Jersey Connection", released in conjunction with Ghettoman Beats. This album was sat in the archives for nearly a decade, but is finally getting the release it deserves. El Da Sensei is Mean "Johnny" Barrows and K-Def is Ghettoman in this gritty New Jersey soundtrack. These two combine as 'The Enforcers' taking down anyone who gets in their way on a mission to give you what you need...quality hip hop! No soundtrack is complete without quality art and this doesn't disappoint with an incredible cover illustrating by Fred Whyte.
The ‘rap crew’ is a classic hip-hop trope that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. As such the Lessondary is a collective that has been putting in work for a while now and for their debut Ahead of Schedule it’s beyond time that you finally got to know them. The squad consists of Von Pea and Donwill (aka Tanya Morgan), Ilyas Nashid, Rob Cave (fka Spec Boogie), Che Grand, Jermiside, Elucid, Aeon and Brickbeats. Recording in various configurations over the years, the Lessondary has amassed a discography large enough to be it’s own section of a Mom & Pop record shop. Each member boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments as well but in their greatest collective effort to date they’ve finally assembled in service of themselves to produce Ahead of Schedule, a record that has been years in the making. With a sonic backdrop provided by Brickbeats, Aeon, Jermiside and Von Pea Ahead of Schedule is a lyrical whirlwind that isn’t short on cohesive topics or catchy hooks. Clocking in at 10 tracks (11 on the CD version), the cumulative effort effectively displays their dynamic as a self-contained unit with the ability to create a complete product from start to finish. The Lessondary’s Ahead of Schedule is set for a digital and physical release June 24, 2016 on HiPNOTT Records.
Fool’s Gold redlines into spring with Night Shift, a 17 track compilation of new dance music from the label’s latest signings and loudest family members. Since launching in 2007, the beloved Brooklyn indie founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs has pushed hybrid sounds to the forefront of the electronic scene. But Night Shift is the sound of a brand-new model year racing off the FG lot, shinier and heavier than ever.
The debut album from Kaytranada, 99.9%, features guest turns from Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Little Dragon, Syd, Craig David, Goldlink, Alunageorge, BADBADNOTGOOD and many more.
Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones, is bringing his raw energy to Colemine Records with his debut LP. Jones brings you two fiery original soul music, pairing soaring vocal work with dusty drums, slinking guitars and screaming organs. With a stellar background in gospel, Jones got his start in the church, singing in the choir of his hometown in rural Louisiana. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington- a process which brings you the gritty sounds available on Ohio-based Colemine Records. Sure to satisfy fans of Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, and Leon Bridges.
The CD Comes Packaged In A Hard Cover 100 Page Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?) The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. Presented in two volumes, each in a 100 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves.
Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake, released on April 29, 2016, by OVO Sound, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Boy Better Know and Republic Records. The album's title was first announced as Views from the 6, as it first appeared from a report in a July 2014 article from Billboard. According to Drake on Twitter, "the 6" is a reference to his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On April 28, 2016, it was revealed that the title has been shortened to Views. The cover artwork for Views was released via Drake's Twitter account on April 24, 2016, which features Drake sitting atop the CN Tower in Toronto. The CN Tower's Twitter account later confirmed it to be photo shopped.
XL Recordings presents A Moon Shaped Pool, the highly anticipated ninth studio album from the radical and revered British act Radiohead and follow-up to 2011's The King of Limbs. The melodically rich and meditatively mid-tempo eleven-track set was five years in the making and has already been hailed as one of the band's most accessible efforts in years. The album comes preceded by the evocative videos for the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed "Daydreaming" and Chris Hopewell-directed "Burn the Witch" while further shimmering tracks like "Identikit," "Ful Stop," "Present Tense," "Desert Island Disk" and "True Love Waits" have been previously performed live, the latter even dating all the way back to 1995 and an appearance on the 2001 EP I Might Be Wrong.
FG’s near-decade of genre smashing good vibes can be directly traced back to the high spirits of label co-founder Nick Catchdubs. Hailed as “one of the US’s premiere party DJs” by FACT Magazine and a “Mr Do It All” by XXL, Nick has been pulling double duty as a nightclub and festival mainstay while helming Fool’s Gold with partner in crime A-Trak. Now Catchdini makes a bold leap forward as a producer with today’s release of his debut album, Smoke Machine. Smoke Machine is a blast of hyperkinetic beats and nitrous oxide raps. Alternate universe hip-hop superheroes riff on club hookups and pop culture WTFs: Liz Claiborne, Daria, spinning G-Unit chains, Jay-Z’s MoMa installation. “We blowing up spots like Bashir did to Jacko,” boasts Heems on “Full House,” and the man has a point. Smoke Machine detonates your expectations of a “DJ album,” propelled forward instead by Catchdubs’ own tweaked and explosive sense of fun. 4 panel digipak CD with both the “Smoke Machine” LP and “More Smoke” Remix EP.
Sudanese-American hip-hop artist Oddisee's new EP, “AlWasta,” takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) “the plug.” The term “wasta” comes from the Arabic word “wasat,” meaning “middle” or “middleman,” and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency. Understanding the value of social currency & how to use it (for better or worse) is what Amir Elkhalifa aka Oddisee focused on as the primary inspiration for his writings.
Remastered edition of the original album, plus seven impossible-to-find 12" mixes and liner notes by Aaron Kannowski With the 2015 release of the film Straight Outta Compton, we at Real Gone Music figured it was about time somebody revisited one of the landmark albums of West Coast rap, The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. The D.O.C. a.k.a. Tracy Lynn Curry was a behind-the-scenes contributor to some of the biggest and most hallowed rap releases ever, including Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It, and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and his Dr. Dre-produced debut record lived up to the braggadocio of its title by going platinum, spawning the #1 rap singles “It’s Funky Enough” and “The D.O.C. & The Doctor,” and being hailed by critics nationwide as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded. However, there has never been an updated reissue of the original 1989 CD, which, like most releases of the early CD era, doesn’t really do the music sonic justice. Real Gone Music’s Expanded Edition of this classic album adds seven impossible-to- find 12” single mixes to a remastered version of the original release, along with liner notes by Aaron Kannowski that feature quotes from The D.O.C. himself. No one really could do it better than The D.O.C. — now here’s a better (and longer…75 minutes!) edition of his career-making classic.
In the most cosmic sense of the word, Rome Fortune is Atlanta’s newest star. Green-bearded and crop-topped, 6’5” in cowboy boots, he takes the stage like an eclipse and flips straightforward bars into lunar poetry.But even with such otherworldly swagger, Rome’s music connects with fans because of how powerfully (and sometimes painfully) human it really is. Jerome Raheem Fortune is the true story of this man who fell to earth. Rome’s Beautiful Pimp mixtapes (“rap as motivational speaking, generous and all-inclusive” – Pitchfork) and collaborations with everyone from turn-up trailblazers OG Maco and ILoveMakonnen to Four Tet and Toro Y Moi were merely the prelude to JRF’s nakedly honest storytelling. Over loose, dreamlike tracks from longtime collaborator Cubby, Rome gets extra real about his struggles: his parents, his children, and their mothers… his dreams, his demons, and the drugs that may be fueling both. Even Kaytranada produced single “Dance” is an outlier, an uptempo song about escape rather than elation. Yet nothing on Jerome Raheem Fortune is a drag; over the course of 11 potent tracks, Rome Fortune presents hip hop catharsis at its most compelling. Head towards the outer limits of rap with a guide who is intimately familiar.
The debut album by Monophonics! “One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!” – Al Bell "Monophonics is a prime example of the talent spewing forth from the streets of San Francisco and the musical standards set by the Bay Area for many decades. Since forming in 2005, Monophonics has become the hottest funk band in the Bay Area with their retro sound, style, and approach stemming from the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Winners of SF Weekly’s “Best of the Bay” Award for Funk/Soul/R&B band and featured in Relix Magazine’s “On The Rise” column, a new album and tour will ensure that 2010 is the breakout year for the band. Since releasing their debut album “Playin and Simple” in September 2007, the band’s popularity has grown thanks to performances at such major festivals as New Orleans Jazz Fest, High Sierra Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival and Las Tortugas Festival.” – Afrobeat-Music
LEMONADE, Beyoncé's sixth studio album and her second visual album, features 12 new songs and a corresponding short film. It is a conceptual project based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing.
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music. Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation is a wideranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3. This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission. Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night (4AD), a 32track, multiartist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.
Greek rhythmrustler Chop Juggler has dropped his debut album – More Is Less – to follow up the well-received Diggasmic EP on Cult Classic Records. Released onthe prolific Cold Busted label, More Is Less collects eleven top notchbeat-heavy jams from the young producer, now in his early twenties but involved in music making since the beginning of his teens. His artist name is apt, as Chop Juggler is adept at taking loops and samples and melding, twisting, and – yes – chopping them into intricate compositions. “Amethyst” provides convincingevidence; seemingly disparate sources are cut into sonic snatches, layered andbursting in and out of the mix to any beat-head’s delight. There’s also themore uptempo “Night Travel” which sounds just like that … if one is travelingby moonlight in a ’70s television crime drama. Slower, spacey moments like “Money Can’t Buy Time” and “Brave New World” showcase Chop Juggler’s depth, but with his ear for striking samples and tough hip hop beats still in full display. More Is Less follows through in its title’s statement by never overwhelming, but the album’s satisfying flow will indeed find the listener looking for more from this talented producer.
If you have questions regarding your order please visit our Order Status page before contacting us.
If it's urgent don't hesitate to give us a ring.
Business hours are Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM PST.
Call Us Toll Free: (888) 377-3175
To reach us by email use the form below:
Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
International tourists and touring artists alike flocked to Fat Beats for rare vinyl, kindred spirits, and exclusive in-store performances from Jay Z, Eminem, Gang Starr, Outkast, Slum Village, Mos Def, and more. One thing was clear: the Fat Beats phenomenon could no longer be contained in a single basement shop.
In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
Important information when ordering with Fatbeats.com...
• Online orders are processed within 1-2 business days.
• If you are confused or need to know about an order placed on the site you can contact us
• Order processing time is separate from shipping time requested.
• International orders and orders that require additional credit verification can take longer to process. Please be available at the provided number or email submitted to speed up verification time.
•We try and offer as many upcoming projects available for pre-order when the releases have moved into production. However, due to the nature of manufacturing and production, pre-order dates may change. If your pre-ordered items are holding your package from arriving please email us with a request to ship the in-stock items and pre-orders when they become available.
•If your order contains pre-order items we will hold the package until all titles are available to ship. Please specify in the comments section of the checkout if you would like to: a) hold your entire order until it can be entirely fulfilled or, b) have the in-stock items shipped immediately and the pre-ordered items ship when available. Please note that option B may require additional shipping charges as multiple packages will be shipped.
• Our stock rapidly changes and we try and set in place a system that avoids purchasing items that become out of stock. However, if a product ordered is out of stock, we will reach out and give you the chance to change or cancel your order. If you choose to cancel, you will be refunded in full.
• IMPORTANT: If the address or phone number supplied conflicts with other information provided, i.e. billing information versus shipping information, we may need to contact you to verify your purchase. Please be available to verify or write an explanation in the notes section during checkout explaining the conflicting information.
•Please make sure you give us your correct billing address and your correct billing phone number. Again, it is highly important that you are available at the provided number or email submitted to speed up verification time enabling us to avoid fraudulent purchases.
• All sales are final. However, if the item ordered is different from the item you receive, please contact us and we can arrange to get you the desired product.
• We are committed to protecting your privacy. There is an opt-in policy to receive marketing and other e-blasts about future products available as well as deals and coupons. If you do not wish to receive these emails you can opt out by simply removing the check from the marketing box below upon check out. We will never sell your email or personal information.
• Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our SSL (secure server software) is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
Fat Beats offers internship opportunities. You must be enrolled in college and reside in the Los Angeles area to be eligible for our programs. If you meet these requirements, please paste your cover letter below and we will contact you if there are open positions available.
We are currently offering an internship program that offers an educational experience in all facets of our distribution operation. The intern would have the ability to assist in each of the following departments:
Online Retail / Marketing
Shipping & Receiving
- Enrollment in an accredited college/university that offers an internship program for academic credit
- Knowledge and passion in independent music and culture; with a specific interest in the artists/releases that Fat Beats supports
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications
- Positive attitude - no task should be considered too small
- Must be located in the greater Los Angeles area
Resumes/Cover Letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org