Peanut Butter Wolf, B Ball Zombie War

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

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.