Madlib may be the Stones Throw label's star producer, but Peanut Butter Wolf is it's secret weapon. His knowledge of classic soul and hip-hop is dizzying; the mixtapes he releases on the sly play like exhilarating tutorials in whole chunks of music history (if you're at a Stones Throw show any time soon, don't leave without a copy of Wolf's Ladies First). His curation of B Ball Zombie War is exceptional, collecting millions of disparate sources into a druggy, dreamy whole. All of the vocalists on B Ball Zombie War bring (pardon the pun) their A-Game; the normally stodgy MED punches holes through the center of the spirited "Break it Down" and Q-Tip and Talib Kweli justify their reputations on the clattering "Ligthworking." All in all, another three-pointer for Stones Throw.
By Nate Patrin on 05.27.14 in Reviews
It's one of the biggest what-ifs in underground hip-hop: What if Charizma, the young, slick MC with the command and bravado of prime LL, hadn't been murdered a week before Christmas '93? Would his production partner, Pea...
By Andrew Parks on 04.16.14 in News
Now that the Stones Throw story is being told through a Kickstarter-funded documentary (Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton), label founder Peanut Butter Wolf has compiled an epilogue of sorts: Circa 1990-93, a vinyl-only box set of...
By Richard Gehr on 11.06.14 in Features
The son of cult members seeks a peaceful future in his music.
By Claire Lobenfeld on 10.07.14 in News
San Francisco electronic-soul purveyor Brogan Bentley is gearing up to release his brooding debut full-length The Snake (November 11, Leaving Records/Stones Throw) and the hypnotic "Smoke" is one of our first tastes of w...