Awesome Photos From Definitive Jux’s Heyday

After departing Rawkus Records in 1999, rap icon El-P and business partner Amaechi Uzoigwe took a shot in the dark at creating their own hip-hop label—calling it Definitive Jux (Def Jux, for short). Assembling some of rap’s most prolific independent emcees, producers, and DJs, the collective known as the Def Jukies ruled underground hip-hop for ten years, and produced some of the greatest albums of the 2000s. While El-P put the label on an indefinite hiatus in February 2010 to pursue his solo career, its roster remains beloved by hip-hop heads worldwide. And for that reason we dedicate this gallery to Def Jux nostalgia. Flip through for some awesome photographs from the label’s heyday.

  • misterthumbs

    that is not yak ballz – that is shia lebouf

  • misterthumbs

    lebeouf*

  • http://www.pigeonsandplanes.com/ Constant Gardner

    oops. fixed

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

    Murs’ album “Murs 3:16″ was the best record released from that label, hands down!

  • TruthSerum

    not even close

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

    Quick: Name five albums released on Def Jux that was better.

  • TruthSerum

    Fantastic Damage, Labor Days, The Cold Vein…… Just off the top those 3 are better……..

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

    I’ll give you “The Cold Vein”. “Fantastic Damage” I’m on the fence about. “Labor Days”? Don’t really care for Aesop Rock too tough, so he’s out of the picture.

  • TruthSerum

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not knocking the Murs/9th joint I liked it well enough but when I think of Def Jux, I think of the three albums I mentioned before anything else, they kind of define the Def Jux sound IMO……