Archive for Vinyl

The End of A Legendary Era: Fat Beats New York City and Los Angeles Closings Its Doors

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2010 by prolifik1

After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label’s two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can checkwww.FatBeats.com for updates.

Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats’ flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye,” says DJ Premier.

The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chain HMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores’ importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.

While news of the stores’ closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from FatBeats.com. Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.

The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique, and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves.

Damn, I’m kind of saddened by this. I shopped here back in the late 90s, practically during my college days when I started spinning as a hobby. Definitely was a great spot for me in Los Angeles. It was good while it lasted.

Will definitely be missed amongst the hip hop heads and turntabalists alike.

via 2DopeBoyz

Manny Pacquiao x Bloc28 x MINDstyle Mad Mickey Set

Posted in Sports, Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by prolifik1

Arguably the biggest name in boxing right now, Manny Pacquiao and his Team Pacquiao initiative are behind an exclusive team-up involving Disney’s Bloc28 program and toy brand MINDstyle. The result is the following Mad Mickey and Pacquiao figure which will first release exclusively at Comic Con. The toys come with a special box and collector’s card. The figures are each limited to 300 pieces with a retail price of $250 USD for each figure or $500 USD for the set. Available now at MINDstyle’s Booth #4437.

Arguably? Pacquiao IS the biggest name in boxing. It’s official! Floyd (G)ayweather is a PUSSY! Sorry, I just had to add that!

Dope figures if you’re a Disney or Manny fan, just a tad too pricey for me.

Two Internationally known iconic figures = Dope Status

via HypeBeast

MINDstyle’s Manny Pacquiao Vinyl Figure

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by prolifik1

Here’s a sneak preview of MINDstyle‘s Manny Pacquiao vinyl figure under their “POP Collection” series for their upcoming Summer 2010 release.

They pretty much nailed a good caricature version of the PAC MAN rockin the Philippines flag designed boxing trunks with “Pacquiao” across the belt line.

I’d definitely cop!

For a list of retailers that carry MINDstyle vinyl figures, go to their website and click on “Retailers”

WWW.MINDSTYLE.COM

via Hypebeast

Medicom Toy x Fatlace 100% Bearbrick

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by prolifik1

Fatlace hooked up with Medicom Toy for their first ever Bearbrick collaboration! Sporting a flat black head and torso, accompanied by anodized like green and purple colored arms/legs. For those who have bought their Meister Fatlace Velocity watch pictured below, will get their Bearbrick soon. This Bearbrick is set to release this Tuesday, May 17th, 2010 on their Online Emporium store.

via Fatlace

Mother’s Day 100% Bearbrick 2010

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by prolifik1

Here’s the 2010 100% Bearbrick by Medicom Toy to commemorate Mother’s Day 2010.

Stands at 70mm tall. It is slated for a May 9, 2010 release. Unbreakable Bearbrick, a Project 1/6 Exclusive…

Update: Will come in a blister pack rather then a box as pictured below…

via Toy Beast

Medicom Toy x Headquarter x Seher 100% and 400% Bearbrick

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by prolifik1

Medicom Toy Headquarter Bearbrick 100% & 400% set to release May 1, 2010. The 100% measures 70mm, while the 400% measures 280mm

via Toy Beast

Medicom Toy x Jwyed Bearbrick 100% and 400% Bearbrick

Posted in Toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2010 by prolifik1

Medicom Toy x Jwyed Bearbrick 100% & 400% set to release May 22, 2010. The 100% measures 70mm, while the 400% measures 280mm

via Toy Beast