Just one week after El-P announced a drastic restructuring to Definitive Jux Records, another veteran independent Hip Hop outfit loses one of its founders. Oakland-by-way-of-Maine emcee Sole announced Tuesday, via his blog at SoleOne.org that he was leaving the label.
“Leaving the company was not an easy decision, but it was made necessary by a number of factors. Upon returning to the states from a 2-year exile in Spain, I found myself increasingly at odds with the business end of Anticon and began doing more DIY work via soleone.org. Running my own website and taking a more hands on approach with my art has always brought me great satisfaction and it is what I am choosing to return to. There are no ill feelings between myself and members of anticon. I will continue to work with many of the artists and will always love them as brothers and consider them allies. This is a decision to change the way my music will be exploited and adapt to shifting paradigms,” wrote Sole. The full letter can read here.
The producer and emcee added that he will be selling his music to come through his website and through exclusive distribution deal with Revolver Music. Last year he released Plastique with his Skyrider Band.
Founded in 1997 by a collective including Alias, DoseOne, Jel, Odd Nosdam and Why?, Anticon would be one of the more experimental Hip Hop groups throughout the late ’90s and ’00s. The collective, which for a time, practiced living together in industrial spaces and making music, most notably worked with Atmosphere on Lucy Ford: The LP and a collaborative group album under the name of Deep Puddle Dynamics.
The group would eventually release material from rappers such as Buck65, producer/poet/emcee Sixtoo, and veteran ’90s New York emcees Darc Mind.
Anticon has yet to release a statement.