It might just be a rumor at this point, but it’s becoming more and more likely that indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux could be folding. Shabooty ran a story this morning with numerous Twitter screen shots from artists stating that the label is finished. The article’s author also received apparent confirmation from El-P, though documented confirmation from him or the label remains missing.
If these rumors are true, it’s certainly a sad day for independent hip-hop as Def Jux basically picked up where Rawkus left off in the early 2000s. Def Jux’s roster might have been weakened over the years with the loss of big acts like Murs, RJD2, and Mr. Lif, but recent signees, like Danny! and Despot, seemed poised to strengthen the label.
The biggest question is where can indie rappers and producers with a slightly alternative bent aspire to go to now? Sure, there are still bigger names like Rhymesayers, Stones Throw, and Plug Research around. There are also smaller upstarts such as Interdependent Media and Mello Music Group making waves. But it’s still a big loss for the indie hip-hop community if Def Jux indeed folds.
More on this story as it comes.