Def Jux is Out Of Business

The Onion’s AV Club is Reporting that Definitive Jux is now out of business,

Def Jux closing down?
by Kyle Ryan February 2, 2010

More ominous rumors that are likely true: reports that cool indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux is closing. Although it’s not confirmed—leader El-P won’t say until an official statement is ready—Shabooty analyzes the writing that has been on the wall, including statements from former Def Jux artists.

The label has been home to a who’s who of indie-rap notables—such as Mr. Lif, Murs, Dizzee Rascal, The Perceptionists, and, of course, El-P himself—but the label has been quiet lately, as fellow indie label Rhymesayers has grown more prominent.

  • Joel Oliphint

    El-P’s official statement:

    “…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…”

    “…as a traditional record label DEF JUX will effectively be put on hiatus. We are not closing, but we are changing. The process is already underway…”