Derailed: Definitive Jux Records on Hiatus

Every so often I will be posting under the ‘Derailed’ heading. This is for posts that are outside my normal comfort area…indie rock/pop

There have been rumors flying around for a couple months that Definitive Jux is going under.  The messages started on Twitter and then the story showed up on Shabooty.  Now it’s been posted on Brooklyn Vegan and it looks like El-P will be putting out an official statement shortly.

(El P’s statement has been released…

“I’m stepping away from my duties as artistic director for the label to concentrate on what I love most: being a producer and an artist full time”

“This means change for JUX. Of course we’ll still have our website, we will still sell our catalog, merch and more as well as bring you news and updates on all our projects and artists.”

“as a traditional record label DEF JUX will effectively be put on hiatus.”

“We are not closing, but we are changing.”

“In 2000 starting a traditional record label made a lot of sense. But now, in 2010, less so and I find myself yearning for something else to put my energy into.”

“Lastly and most importantly are the fans… holy shit THE FANS! Our fans are no joke.”)

Def Jux is an independent hip-hop label that was founded in New York in 1999 by alternative hip-hop producer/rapper, El-P.  This label has been responsible for some of the best independent hip-hop over the past decade.  It will be sad to see it go. Let’s hope this new direction produces some interesting stuff in the next decade.

A crash-course in modern classics from Def Jux:

Aesop Rock – Labor Days (2001)

Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass (2007)

Cannibal Ox – Cold Vein (2001)

El-P – Fantastic Damage (2002)

El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)

Murs – Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (2004)

RJD2 – Dead Ringer (2002)

RJD2 – Since We Last Spoke (2004)