owner Lars Larson
announced he'd sold his local hip-hop message board/website to the Minneapolis dance records store and online retailer Vital Vinyl
, one of the few surviving
local indie shops specializing in 12-inch records, which also powers MNVibe.com
--sort of the techno equivalent of either DU or TCPunk.com
. In its first six years, DUNation did more than put out a time-capsule local CD
and throw some historic parties: It brought together every corner of the Minneapolis/St. Paul rap scene for the first time (check out this recent dialogue
with ever-lurking Slug
for a good example). The site has been up for sale
before. And earlier this month, Larson publicly asked whether it was "worth it"
for him to keep running DU. "When people are walking into the basement of my home, fucking with my car, fucking with my friends and girlfriends, prank calling my cell and home line and today someone showing up to my job," he wrote, "I am forced to take a step back and reflect on all this and wonder if this website is worth having this extra stress in my life." A thread
about the board's future is already up.