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El-P Clears up Rumors of Def Jux’s Demise

After rumors hit the ‘Net yesterday (February 2) saying that indie label Definitive Juxtapositions was closing its doors after 10 years, founder El-P took to his site to clear the air.

In a statement, the underground rapper/producer said that Def Jux won’t be shutting down, but instead be taking a break. “Of course we’ll still have our website,” he explained, “we will still sell our catalog, merch and more as well as bring you news and updates on all our projects and artists. We will be releasing King of Heart, a Def Jux remix compilation, a 10-year-anniversary retrospective and some other goodies. But then 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, and the last several months (for those wondering what the hell we’ve been up to) have been spent dealing with the technical aspects of wrapping up the label in its current form and re-imagining our collective and individual futures.”

Def Jux has been responsible for a slew of critically acclaimed albums since its inception in 2000, including Cannibal Ox’s 2001 LP The Cold Vein, Cage’s Hell’s Winter (2005) and El’s 2002 solo debut Fantastic Damage. It has also served as a home for Aesop Rock, Murs, Del the Funky Homosapien and Mr. Lif among others.

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

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