Published Feb 02, 2010What do you get when you cross the lightning-speed news grapevine that is Twitter with the impending demise of the recording industry? Sadly, a rumour that left-field hip-hop indie Definitive Jux is folding.
Now, this is all just hearsay at this point, but the evidence is becoming overwhelming. The rumour apparently started with a Canadian blogger who received an email from a reader suggesting the label was about to fold. That news was followed up by Shabooty.com, who are currently in communication with Def Jux co-founder and label artist EL-P about the future of the label. As of press time, EL-P had not confirmed that the label is going out of business, but said an official announcement on the label's status is forthcoming.
While it may be a little early to eulogize, Definitive Jux was founded in 1999 with EL-P and pal Amaechi Uzoigwe as an outlet for underground, experimental hip-hop that pushed the genre's boundaries. Current artists on the label include Aesop Rock, Dizzee Rascal, Cage and Del tha Funkee Homosapien, as well as some notable label alumni like RJD2 and Murs.