Waxploitation is notoriously remembered for releasing and breaking L.A.-based hip-hop supergroup The Alkaholiks to the masses with the seminal Firewater album. Now 10 years into its existence, the label, publishing company, and management group has achieved iconic status, both politically and artistically. Not only did Jeff Antebi’s growing company help develop production careers for the likes of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen and Nine Inch Nails’ co-founder Chris Vrenna, it also paved the way for the Danger Mouse invasion, managing both the producer’s solo endeavors and his Gnarls Barkley collaboration with Goodie Mob’s Cee-Lo.
In 2003, the label released the Genocide in Sudan comp, which featured everyone from Yoko Ono to Thievery Corporation and strove to create awareness about the genocide crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. A series of auctions followed, with celebrities like Kanye West, Radiohead, and Dr. J donating items to the cause.
In mid-November, the label will release Causes 1, a collection of exclusive tracks from Bloc Party, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Death Cab for Cutie, and others, with all of the proceeds going to the Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders.
Here’s to 10 more years of inspiring music and an uplifting agenda.
Causes 1 is out in November on Waxploitation.