It's seems like times are definitely changing. Not sure if it's for the good or bad or whatever. But definitely, the closing of the world famous V.I.P. record store is in my opinion, another defeat in Long Beach's small business scene.
For those who don't know (which I hope aren't many of you CIty Lifers), V.I.P. is home to many old school hip hop videos that featured Warren G, Snoop, Nate Dogg, and more. Remember this video?
To be fair, I know it's not the City of Long Beach's fault and apparently owner Kelvin Anderson would agree. In a recent Press Telegram article he's quoted, "I doubt there is anything in this store you can't download from the Internet, but to top that, there's nothing in this store you can't download for free."
I remember playing pop warner for Poly Pacers back in the days and I would always see the iconic V.I.P. sign when driving to our football games. It's always been a spot to me, that helped put Long Beach on the map. I didn't go inside too often, but the times I did go in, it felt very real and realistic to the Long Beach scene I grew up with. It wasn't on a some corporate status, but a real hometown music store.
What do you think of the closing of this place? Any memories or cool stories that you can remember? That fish market next to it smelled bomb all the time!
Whatever takes it's place, it has some big Chucks to fill.
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VIP has started a petition to makle the store a historical landmark.