Iconic V.I.P. Records May Close

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Long Beach, CA’s famous V.I.P. Records could be closing it’s doors next month.

The iconic retail has been in business for 32 years and has been featured in several classic West Coast hip hop videos by artists like Snoop Dogg and Warren G. But like most record shops, it’s finding it increasingly difficult to stay in business.

“I knew this day was coming, as far as the physical part of the music business, but you walk around in denial — in a daze. I’m in a daze right not. But hopefully God’s got another plan — a better plan,” said Kevin Anderson, founder of V.I.P. “It’s been real tough for the last few years, maintaining, but we are way too far behind financially now to come back selling CDs.”

The record shop was featured in Snoop Dogg’s “What’s My Name” video, among others; and is also where high school friends Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg recorded their first demo as 213.

Article Courtesy of HipHopBlog.com

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