The Word on DEF JUX

Posted on February 3, 2010 by

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For all of us at DA WH@T, and our readers, Hip Hop has been life changing. Indie and alternative Hip Hop has been a huge mover within the game, and a lot of that is due to the indie label Definitive Jux. DEF JUX CEO and co-founder El-P announced today that DEF JUX will be taking a hiatus. He plans to due so in order to focus on his own production work. Many though the label that taught us the names of artists like Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Murs, Dizzee Rascal, RJD2, and many others was closing down for good, but the word is they’re just taking a break.

On first glance the hiatus of DEF JUX seems a little sad, but there may be a silver lining. El-P’s explanation for the move sounds promising:

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. I also see newer, smarter, more interesting things on the horizon for the way art and commerce intersect, and as an artist and an entrepreneur, I’m eager to see them unfold. The evolution of this industry is, in my opinion, exciting, inevitable and it would be nice to see the DEFINITIVE JUX brand be a part of it. In other words, maybe we can turn this hoopty in to a hovercraft.


You can make your way over to the DEF JUX website to read his whole message.

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