DJ Eclipse, von dem ich noch einige Tape Kingz Mixtapes in verstaubten Kartons habe, war in den 90ern Manager des legendären Fat Beats Plattenladens in New York. Damals gehörten Instore Gigs und Freestyle Ciphers zum Tagesgeschäft, in der Rap Metropole New York sowieso.

DJ Eclipse hatte dort Sessions mit Ill Bill, Lord Finesse, J-Live, Chino XL, Xzibit, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna und vielen weiteren gefilmt. Beim Sichten des 20 Jahre alten Materials von der Eröffnung 1996 stolperte er erst kürzlich über einen damals 19-jährigen Rapper, den noch niemand auf dem Schirm hatte. Kanye West war angereist um ein paar Bars zu spitten und wie so oft, bei seinem älteren Material ist das nicht so schlecht. Was nicht heissen soll, ich würde ihn aktuell nicht feiern, denn für mich liefert er bis heute schwer ab.

Wer das feiert, dem wird auch Yeezys erstes Demo von 2001 gefallen.

The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before.

Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19 year old kid who at that time nobody knew. Now I’ve had this person as a guest on my radio show years later, but it’s pretty crazy to see this footage in ’96 and think „damn, this dude was in my house then?“ and not even know. More to come….


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