Peanut Butter Wolf

As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak soon realized he needed an escape from the realities of suburbian life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop ("Rappers Delight"). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink. He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that, in an odd turn of events, a girlfriend’s youngest brother feared the “peanut butter wolf monster” more than death itself. Wolf and his more conventionally-named counterpart, Charizma, began recording in 1989 when the two were still teenagers. Within three years, the duo signed a contract with Hollywood Basic (Disney) alongside label mates Organized Konfusion and DJ Shadow. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf were riding high, touring Europe, receiving press in magazines such as Billboard and (a then newspaper format) Urb , hanging with radio legends Sway & King Tech on Wake Up Show and performing live shows with groups like House of Pain, Nas and The Pharcyde. Then, in December of 1993, Charizma tragically lost his life. Stunned, Wolf temporarily gave up on music. After releasing the song "Just Like A Test" with Charizma for David Paul's Bomb Hip Hop Compilation early in 1994, Upstairs Records, a label known primarily for house music, approached Wolf to record an instrumental LP. Thus, the Peanut Butter Breaks was born; the record became the Wolf’s calling card, leading to meetings and collaborations with like-minded DJs like Q-bert, Cut Chemist and Rob Swift. After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labeled “incredible” by The Source magazine. He released a 6 song compilation for South Paw Records in 1995, featuring collaborations with up and coming San Jose MCs. He also produced Kool Keith's first single as a solo artist "Wanna Be A Star." These releases, amongst others, led to a picture disc EP for British label 2 Kool Records. In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Charizma’s posthumous "My World Premiere" was the single to launch the label. A few highlights in the beginning were the songs "Unassisted" by Rasco, Super Duck Breaks LP by DJ Babu, and hip hop 7” series. Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US. Through his willingness to experiment and provide Stones Throw’s artists with musical carte blanche, he has overseen the releases of Lootpack’s Soundpieces, Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Breakestra’s Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet’s Angles Without Edges, Madlib's Shades of Blue, and Jaylib's Champion Sound.

SOURCE: http://www.stonesthrow.com


VIDEOS







DOWNLOADS



DISCOGRAPHY

Best guide to hip hop, soul, reggae concerts & events in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles & New York City + music, videos, radio and more

Connect

Bookmark and Share

Subscribe to our EBlast

 Subscribe

Win Tickets

TONY! TONI! TONÉ!
Thu-Sat, Dec 14-16 @ Yoshi's, Oakland

Lupe Fiasco
Fri, Dec 15 @ UC Theatre, Berkeley

Anuhea
Sat, Dec 16 @ UC Theatre, Berkeley

Method Man & Redman
Thu, Dec 21 @ The Warfield, SF

Zion I
Fri, Dec 22 @ The Independent, SF

Blackalicious
Sat, Dec 23 @ Yoshi's, Oakland

Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Thu, Dec 28 @ The Independent, SF

Long Beach Dub Allstars
Fri, Jan 5 @ The Independent, SF

Big Boi
Fri, Jan 12 @ 1015, SF

TOP PICKS

Members

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Groups

Latest Activity

Magassia Promotions posted blog posts
16 hours ago
Editor's Pick commented on Editor's Pick's event 'TONY! TONI! TONÉ!'
"Congrats to Brian Raney for winning a pair of tickets!"
17 hours ago
An event by Editor's Pick was featured
Thumbnail

Marty Grimes at The UC Theatre, Berkeley

December 30, 2017 from 8pm to 11pm
ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN RANDOMLY AND ANNOUNCED 2 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT. Saturday, December 30 Marty Grimes ft. Caleon Fox, Daghe, Guapdad 4000, Beejus & Loaded Up Ent.@ The UC Theatre, Berkeley Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm…See More
18 hours ago
Editor's Pick posted discussions
18 hours ago
Editor's Pick posted events
18 hours ago
Editor's Pick posted videos
19 hours ago
Profile IconCalculated Progression Ent. and RealNinjaMusic joined True Skool Network
19 hours ago
TEAM BIGGA RANKIN posted a blog post

[Mixtape] Pure Profit - All About Profit Vol.2 "Flip Phone Muzik"

Pure Profit hailing from Greensboro, NC is a street poet emcee that delivers hardcore street wordplay, in which he represents his hometown proudly, All About A Profit Vol.2 "Flip Phone Muzik" Hosted by Bigga Rankin is sure to make heads turn with lead singles "Yesterday ft. Moneybagg Yo" and "Now I'm Up". Follow the campaign and support the movement.Twitter: https://twitter.com/pureprofit336 l Instagram:…See More
22 hours ago
Editor's Pick posted discussions
yesterday
TEAM BIGGA RANKIN posted a blog post

Out Now- The Grynd Report Issue 30 HIGHBOY Edition @highboy_lloyd

Out Now The Grynd Report Issue 30 "HighBoy Edition" @highboy_lloyd The Grynd Report gets in tune with Highboy to find out what life is like in his City and how he has had to overcome various obstacles to live his dream. Also featuring various indy artist through out the industry.@soloyal910 @duttyzaya @therealkingjaden @ace_rle @15checkmate @fasscoupe @dj_fly_guy @chacebucks @ceo_od @dre_powe @kiddmajorr…See More
yesterday
bosshogg shared their discussion on Facebook
Tuesday
bosshogg posted discussions
Tuesday

Music

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service