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Straight to Tape: 1990-1992

Peanut Butter Wolf

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One of the most important (and longest-lasting) players in independent hip-hop, Peanut Butter Wolf is best known as the man behind Stones Throw Records. A hugely influential DJ, producer, and label head, he's been making moves for more than two decades now and is at least partly responsible for introducing the world to countless game-changing artists, including Madlib (and all his various incarnations), J Dilla, Dam-Funk, Guilty Simpson, Dudley Perkins, and many more. This compilation takes us back to the beginning, when he was just a young buck growing up in San Jose, Calif., making rap tapes with friends like Charizma (R.I.P.), Quiz One, N.O.T.U., Deshee, Peace Maker, and MC Twan. Despite the low-budget gear and unrefined artists, it's obvious from these recordings that he was definitely onto something big. Many of the songs (especially the funk-heavy, sample-driven instrumentals) wouldn't sound out of place on a brand-new Stones Throw release today. It's fantastic early stuff from an unassuming hip-hop legend. Don't miss "Jamboree," "No Time for Frontin'," "Brother Brother Brother," and "Original."

Biography

Born: San Jose, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Among the true talents in the late-'90s new skool of old-school hip-hop, Peanut Butter Wolf began DJing as a teenager and became quite an entrepreneur at his San Jose, CA, high school, selling mix tapes of his turntable work. He debuted on wax in 1989 with "You Can't Swing This" on All Good Vinyl, recorded with a smooth MC named Lyrical Prophecy. By the end of the year, PBW began working with MC Charizma, and the two gelled quickly, perfecting their skills at block parties and shows...
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