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DJ Eclipse played a pivotal role in Hip-Hop culture. In the 90s and 2000s, a trip to Fat Beats was a rite of passage for Hip-Hop artists and fans alike. And, DJ Eclipse, the store's resident DJ and talent curator, was in the middle of it all. This is a glimpse into his incredible archive of freestyles and performances by artists who helped build the underground Hip-Hop scene. Some went on to become mega superstars, while others were more hometown heroes. All were dope, though. This is the DJ Eclipse Collection
D.I.T.C.'s Lord Finesse is a producer and MC extraordinaire. He's also a gifted showman, which was on full display as he helped celebrate the opening of Fat Beats' new location in August 1996. Finesse ripped through a couple of verses that showcased his knack for clever punchlines.
Ill Bill has built an enduring career as a mainstay in Hip-Hop's underground. In addition to his solo career, he has been a member of several collectives, including Non Phixion, Circle of Tyrants, La Coka Nostra and Heavy Metal Kings. In this freestyle, he kicks a verse at Fat Beats, the stomping...
Common Freestyles At Fat Beats To Promote One Day It'll All Make Sense In 1997
From DJ Eclipse:
Here's a clip from Common's Fat Beats NYC in-store for "One Day It'll All Make Sense." The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released, so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.'s "The Black Album" (w/ Dug Infinite), which had...
Talib Kweli Rocks A Rawkus Records In-Store At Fat Beats
From DJ Eclipse:
In 1998 both L-Fudge and Shabaam Sahdeeq released 12" singles on Rawkus Records. Rawkus had been around for a minute, but it was with this era of releases that they really started making some noise (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Sir Menelik, The High & Mighty ...
Run The Jewels' El-P, J-Live & Breeze Brewin Rap At Fat Beats' Grand Opening
The grand opening of the second location of Fat Beats' old flagship store in New York City was a Hip-Hop head's dream. Half of the underground community came out to cypher, including J-Live, Breeze Brewin of the Juggaknots (who also played the lead role of Tariq on the Prince Paul concept album A...
Xzibit & Lord Finesse Go Hard In A Fat Beats Cypher
In this clip of the Fat Beats' grand opening cypher, a pre-Pimp My Ride Xzibit of the legendary Likwit Crew freestyles alongside D.I.T.C. founder Lord Finesse. Both emcees kick concise, lyrically dense verses.
J-Live, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Freestyle Of The Arsonists Cypher At Fat Beats
Fat Beats moved from its small East Village prototype to its famed Greenwich Village location in 1996. To kick off the upgrade, the iconic vinyl store hosted an epic freestyle cipher for the history books — one of many to come. Watch underground legends J-Live, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Freestyle of th...
Gravediggaz Promote The Pick, The Sickle And The Shovel At Fat Beats
The Gravediggaz were a horrorcore Hip-Hop group consisting of RZA "the RZArector," Prince Paul "the Undertaker," Frukwan "the Gatekeeper" and the late Poetic aka "the Grym Reaper." Though not all members were in attendance, check out this behind the scenes footage of the 1997 in-store at Fat Beat...
Organized Konfusion Fat Beats In-Store Turns Into A Cypher With El-P & More
When Pharoahe Monch's seminal group with Prince Po hits Fat Beats to promote The Equinox in 1997, some dope underground emcees showed up to support and kick some rhymes. Among those who get on the mic are El-P of Company Flow and Run the Jewels, Sir Menelik and, of course, Organized Konfusion the...
Tha Alkaholiks Perform At Fat Beats & Tear It Down
West Coast underground legends Tha Alkaholiks had the crowd going crazy when they performed at Fat Beats. Tash and J-Ro rocked some of their classic material and kicked some freestyles in another epic Fat Beats in-store performance "from the crew that drunk the beer up."
Percee P Spits Futuristic Rhymes At Fat Beats' Grand Opening Cypher
Always ahead of his time, Percee P showcased the futuristic flow that would eventually earn him a Stones Throw record deal and album produced entirely by Madlib at the Fat Beats grand opening cypher. Though Perseverance was his only studio album, Percee has collaborated with a who's who of underg...
The Legendary X-Ecutioners DJ Crew Rocks At Stretch & Bobbito's Classic Show
Before they became the X-Ecutioners, the X-Men were already some of nicest turntablists on the wheels of steel. In this behind-the-scenes footage from DJ Eclipse, the crew's Mista Sinista, Rob Swift and the late Roc Raida flex their skills live on DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia's influen...
Camp Lo & Cipha Sounds In Behind The Scenes Fat Beats Footage
In this candid Fat Beats footage, Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba sign merch to promote their debut classic, Uptown Saturday Night. As was usual at the renowned vinyl store, several acclaimed DJs and MCs can be seen browsing records and hanging out in the crowd. In fact, Cipha Sounds is even joking...
Defari Rocks A Fat Beats Performance For The Release Of His Focused Daily Album
In February of 1999, West Coast underground veteran Defari dropped his debut album Focused Daily on Tommy Boy Records. To promote the impending release, the Likwit Junkies MC hit Fat Beats in New York City to rock an in-store. He sets it off with the Evidence-produced single "Never Lose Touch" an...