Last Definitive Jux release: I'll Sleep When You're Dead Year released: 2007
Since announcing the closure of his branchild in 2010, Definitive Jux founder El-P has been busy, entering a creative renaissance that rivals his time as a member of seminal underground group Company Flow. After five years of relative quiet in the wake of his 2007 solo album I'll Sleep When You're Dead (relative quiet meaning two excellent megamixes packed with remixes and original production), El-P returned with a firestorm 2012, releasing his heavily acclaimed third solo album Cancer for Cure and producing the entirety of Killer Mike's equally fawned-over R.A.P. Music. To make good on the seeds planted in their prolific 2012, El-P and Mike joined forces again this year as Run the Jewels to create one of the year's most visceral, exciting rap records thus far, a sign that even in his third decade as a rapper and producer the former label-head has no intention of losing his spark.
What's El-P up to now?