Label Spotlight: Stones Throw

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In 1996, after recording for many labels as an artist/producer, Peanut Butter Wolf (real name Chris Manak) realized he enjoyed promoting records just as much as recording them and became confident that he could succeed in running a label. So Stones Throw was born with its first release being “My World Premier”, the first record Peanut Butter Wolf recorded with his late friend/rapper Charizma.  Since then, Stones Throw has grown into a multi-generational, international powerhouse in the underground music scene. In regards to the music on the label, Manak has said “I put out what I personally like and save the rest for the other labels out there.”

The label has gained fame for releasing acclaimed hip-hop records, including Madvillain’s (a collaboration between producer Madlib and MF DOOM) highly-acclaimed debut album Madvillainy in 2004, as well as J Dilla’s album Donuts, which was praised by Pitchfork Media with a perfect 10/10 score, saying “It’s a widely praised favorite for so many people, and yet there’s something about Donuts that feels like such an intensely personal statement”.

Today Stones Throw continues to be one of the leading names in underground hip-hop circles with a cult following and was recently featured in the documentary “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton.”