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Fifth Element, record store owned by Rhymesayers, to close down

Fans of the label will still be able to shop online, though.

The official record store of independent hip hop label Rhymesayers will soon close its doors for good.

Fifth Element, located on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis, announced that it will shut down operations on April 1:

Noting in a Friday Facebook post that it's been a fixture of the neighborhood and a worldwide destination for hip hop fans since 1999, the business expressed thanks to customers and artists for their support over the years.

This follows the decision to temporarily close the store due to the coronavirus, a situation that also weighed on the move to shut down permanently, the post indicates.

The company also says the store's online presence will transition to shop.rhymesayers.com, "which will continue to be the official source for all things Rhymesayers Entertainment." 

The change takes effect April 1, with all remaining stock at fifthelementonline.com discounted until then. 

RhymeSayers boasts artists such as Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Brother Ali and MF DOOM. 

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