First, the bad news: This package tour from New York hip-hop superindie Definitive Jux could use a couple higher-profile names than it currently boasts. At a hometown launch last month, label star Aesop Rock put in a breathtaking appearance at the end of a marathon show; though his rapping was as forbiddingly dense as it is on record, Aesop's commanding stage presence opened a door into his word play. Def Jux founder El-P showed up, too, and bestowed upon the appreciative crowd a world premi're of a new song: "You don't have it," he told the room of file-sharing adepts. And new roster addition Cage (formerly of Eminem-baiting porn rappers the Smut Peddlers) debuted a strangely emotional track built around an interpolation of Idaho guitar-rockers Built to Spill's "I... More >>>
Hangar 18 is set to perform at Club Freedom as part of the Def Jux Tour.