View Full Version : New El-P Interview: No More Def Jux?

Dr Sleepwalker
02-04-2010, 12:08 PM
Amidst rapidly-growing rumors that Definitive Jux was closing down, founder and Artistic Director of the label, El-P, brought clarity to the situation on its web site.

"Reports of our demise have been mildly exaggerated," explained the acclaimed producer. "This year, a decade after starting DEF JUX and after overseeing the releases of some incredible albums including the forthcoming release of my dear late and great friend Camu Tao's brilliant KING OF HEARTS LP, 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. This is something I've been contemplating for a few years now, and can't think of a better time or, with the eventual release of Camu's record, a more poetic way to transition into a new direction."

El-P revealed that the label's web site, as well as sales of its catalog and merchandise would remain in tact. In addition, a Def Jux compilation titled King of Hearts, "a 10 year anniversary retrospective and some other goodies," will be released. However, the actual record label Def Jux will 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 it's current form and re-imagining our collective and individual futures," elaborated El-P.

The letter continued, explaining that in 2000, a record label made much more sense than in 2010. El-P revealed his wish that Definitive Jux make the leap forward as the music industry evolves, rather than be left behind. He also said his focus would be to go "back-to-basics. The fun stuff: sitting in the studio and immersing myself in music, performing it for for my fans when the time comes and whatever (or wherever) else might be out there creatively for me. Thats how it all started and that's how the next phase will begin. The days of me dedicating the majority of my time and energy into providing JUX with a constant stream of physical releases from multiple artists are on hold for the time being. My heart (and what little common sense I possess) is telling me to simplify my focus and it has always been my policy to listen to my heart."

After thanking the fans, El-P intimated, "You [the fans] are why we do any of this, and I'll never be able to express how much your support means to all of us. I think I speak for all of us Jukies when I say I love making music for you and can't wait to make more."

More on this story as it develops.


Ghost In The 'Lac
02-04-2010, 12:28 PM
lol I havent bought a Def Jux CD in about 5 years. (Hells Winter I think was the last actual CD I copped).

I didnt know people still cared about it. I lost interest ever since him and can ox decided they hated each other for life.

Dr Sleepwalker
02-04-2010, 12:43 PM
Def Jux still drops some the BEST music. It's just disapointing that they only have a collective group of like 5 artists that put out an album every 3 years.
They get definite credibility that each release they do finally put out, is better than 95% of the other hip-hop being released.

El-P's pushed classics. Not many artists/producers you can say that about.

Hopefully this new direction puts out more music than when he was runnin' his label.


02-04-2010, 01:55 PM
Def Jux is still dropping good music, shame that most of their best artists went elsewhere after Cage came to the label.

Dr Sleepwalker
02-04-2010, 05:10 PM
Cannibal Ox was the only thing important they lost. Mr.Lif was dead weight.
Rjd2 used Def Jux success to start his own mini label as well.

02-04-2010, 05:53 PM
i haven't been following the Def Jux labels for years, i lost interest around 2003 i believe. who's on the label these days, back when i remember it was mainly Can OX, Mr. Lif, El-P, Cage, Murs, Aesop Rock and RJD2.

Poetic Wun
02-04-2010, 06:05 PM
i thought RJd2 was still on Def Jux?
c rayz & del on that label too n perceptionists i think.

they might not be as big as they were but i thought they was still shellin out good shit here n there.

02-05-2010, 02:51 PM
I don't think RJD2 is on it anymore.

02-05-2010, 03:28 PM
but...if it means more albums and el-p beats, that isnt a bad thing.

and mr. lif = one of the best mc's droppin at the moment.
i,phantom was one of the best cds in the def jux catalog. especially if you have a real copy with the liner notes. AND i heard it today was dope as fuck too.
mr. lif >>> aesop rock ANYDAY.

Dr Sleepwalker
02-06-2010, 12:20 AM
Mr.Lif's music, besides the c.d I Phantom where Def Jux low points..

Aesop Rock's on a different level than Mr.Lif.. Mr.Lif probably dreams of having Aesop's thought process and ability with words, as A LOT rappers do, and have admitted.
You'd have to compare Mr.Lif to someone like Cage.., a more formulated M.C, with a structured flow and rhyme pattern.

It'll probably take for Aesop to die (unfortunate), for most people to sit back and finally listen carefully to the dude and have their brains opened up like a can of soup

02-06-2010, 08:58 AM
Aesop Rock is what Wu fans think Holocaust is. =)

Dr Sleepwalker
02-06-2010, 01:52 PM
^ exactly

Dr Sleepwalker
02-06-2010, 01:55 PM
my next threads going to be a Aesop Rock appreciation thread..

hopefully show some lost souls the light.

02-06-2010, 06:10 PM


01. Cage - I Never Knew You.mp3
02. Yak Ballz - Arabian Facebuster.mp3
03. Aesop Rock - Daylight.mp3
04. Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth.mp3
05. Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy.mp3
06. The Perceptionists - Let's Move!!.mp3
07. RJD2 - The Horror.mp3
08. S.A. Smash ft Cage - Smash TV.mp3
09. Aesop Rock - Night Light.mp3
10. Camu Tao - Hold The Floor.mp3
11. Cool Calm Pete - Lost.mp3
12. Company Flow ft Ill Bill - Simian Drugs aka Feeling Ignorant.mp3
13. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Bubble Pop.mp3
14. Mr. Lif - Jugular Vein.mp3
15. Murs and 9th Wonder - Bad Man!.mp3
16. Party Fun Action Comittee - Mental Storm.mp3
17. Danny! - Where is Danny.mp3
18. El-P - Deep Space 9mm.mp3
19. Murs - What Do You Know .mp3
20. Despot - Look Alive.mp3
21. C-Rayz Walz - Showgun.mp3
22. Mike Ladd - Black Orientalist.mp3
23. Mr.Lif - Live From The Plantation.mp3
24. The Mighty Underdogs ft MF DOOM - Gunfight.mp3
25. El-P - Dead Disnee.mp3
26. Hangar 18 - Boombox Apocalypse.mp3
27. S.A. Smash - Illy.mp3
28. El-P, DBA The Lyrical Punisher, and J-Treds Freestyle.mp3
29. Party Fun Action Comittee - Chapstick.mp3
30. Aesop Rock ft Breeze Brewin - Getaway Car.mp3
31. Cage - ft Darryl Palumbo - Shoot Frank.mp3
32. Cool Calm Pete - Cool Calm Science.mp3
33. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Naked Fonk.mp3
34. The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue.mp3
35. RJD2 - Someones Second Kiss.mp3
36. Rob Sonic - Rock The Convoy.mp3
37. C-Rayz Walz - The Line Up.mp3
38. Danny! - Turn Me Up.mp3
39. Hangar 18 - Feet To Feet.mp3
40. Mr. Lif - Arise.mp3
41. Camu Tao - Open Hands.mp3
42. El-P ft Cage - Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love).mp3
43. Murs ft Humpty Hump and Shock G - Risky Business.mp3
44. RJD2 ft Jakki Da Mitamouth - F.H.H.mp3
45. Yak Ballz - Flossin'.mp3
46. C-Rayz Walz - Battle Me.mp3
47. Dizzee Rascal - Excuse Me Please.mp3
48. Murs and 9th Wonder ft Phonte - The Animal.mp3
49. Rob Sonic - Dylsexia.mp3
50. Yak Ballz - Reign.mp3
51. 4th Pyramid - Aquatic.mp3
52. Aesop Rock ft El-P and Camu Tao - Rickety Rackety.mp3
53. El-P - The League of Extraordinary Nobodies.mp3
54. El-P - Sunrise Over Brooklyn.mp3
55. Aesop Rock - 9-5ers Anthem.mp3
56. Mr.Lif - Earthcrusher.mp3
57. El-P ft Cage - Oxycontin pt 2
58. Cage - Hells Winter.mp3
59. The Mighty Underdogs - Victorious.mp3
60. C-Rayz Walz - First Words Worse.mp3
61. S.A. Smash - Gangsta.mp3
62. Cannibal Ox - Pigeon

TheCrypt Presents - Farewell Def Jux: 1999 - 2009 (http://thecryptonline.com/v3/index.php/thecryptonline-presents-farewell-def-jux-1999-2010-mixtape.html)

02-06-2010, 06:38 PM
Aesop Rock is the only emcee still doing hip hop on DEF JUX. CAGE killed the label with with that gay emo bullshit...lol

02-07-2010, 02:03 PM
and his fucked up attitude. sometimes, drugs aren't that bad after all. I hate Cage on medications.