Thursday, February 4, 2010

Def Jux Record Label Announces Hiatus

The respected independent record label Definitive Jux is set to cease, or radically modify, its operations. Founded in New York City in 1999, Def Jux has been a mainstay of underground hip-hop, with an impressive roster of socially conscious artists. According to El-P, the label's co-founder and artistic director, Def Jux will not be releasing new records for the foreseeable future. El-P's announcement (which can be viewed on the label's website) is rambling, charming, and ultimately a little short on specifics. While this isn't exactly the end of an era, it's worth considering the significant contributions made by this trend-setting indie.

Here's a handful of outstanding records on the Def Jux label:

The Cold Vein - Cannibal Ox

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Funcrusher Plus - Company Flow

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I'll Sleep When You're Dead - El-P

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