Various sites are claiming, based on what various artists and co-founder El-P (pictured) are tweeting, that the independent rap label Definitive Jux has shut down. In its eleven year history, the label (which was originally just “Def Jux”) has launched the careers of some of the most original and vital indie rap acts, like Mr. Lif, Murs and RJD2 (all of whom have signed elsewhere recently), and taking on some established underground rap artists with fairly large followings, like Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Company Flow and Dizzie Rascal.
Recently, though, the label’s roster has thinned out with the aforementioned departures and some not-so great rappers (ahem, Cage) sticking around. So while this isn’t quite as tragic as the demise of Rawkus, it’s sad that great artists like El-P and Del won’t be able to do just about whatever they want. Maybe Rhymessayers will pick up the worthwhile MCs who are left hanging. A fond Def Jux memory embedded after the jump.
Incidentally, this was one of the 10 best rap albums of the aughts.