Vinyl-hoarder along with label-runner Peanut Butter Wolf is about to the hit the decks in Ophelia’s this Saturday for a night of soul-tinged defeats and rare cuts. The creator of the West Coast hip-hop tag Stones Throw Records, Peanut Butter Wolf injected soul samples into hip-hop and helped create a solid aesthetic for West Coast underground hip-hop. The seminal listing label raised West Coast hip-hop from the late ’90s and early aughts, in a time when the only major moves happening from the West Coast underground arrived in the form of Souls of Mischief.
During Stones Throw, Peanut Butter Wolf — whose real name is Chris Manak — designed and helped launch the careers of musicians such as Madlib, J Dilla, Quasimoto, Madvillain, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Knxwledge, Mild High Club, Mndsgn, Anderson .Paak and many other artists. Kanye West and Flying Lotus were a few of the label’s first interns, which started in 1996.
Notorious for his massive record collection, that matches shelf in his sprawling east L.A home, Peanut Butter Wolf has created himself as the true soul-master. He’s famous for his themed vinyl collections — such as a 12-hour prolonged set on Boiler Room — along with his unique VJ sets that comprise decades’ worthiness of rare and vintage film footage. He has since returned to Boiler Room several occasions and has yet to disappoint listeners. His latest combination was filled with a variety of gems, according to usual. One record incorporated in the combination has been Infra Red Funk’s, “What’s Happening Now,” a lush, sweet soul record from 1984 with a very cool and grooving beat. The release is just one of two documents published by the group, also based on Discogs, the previous time a copy of this document exchanged hands had been in 2017 — to get a meager amount of $75.
The documentary movie, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, explores the story behind the tag and Peanut Butter Wolf’so development in audio. As an adolescent, he’d take the lunch money his mother gave him and, with his childhood buddy, would sneak off to get records. Peanut Butter Wolf and his buddy each took turns purchasing a listing, pooling their assortment together to have an impressive number of documents. Peanut Butter Wolf began off listening to disco and soul. According to the documentaryhe began branching out and listening to more new wave and punk as he entered high school. It was about then once he met his future collaborator, Jeff Jank — a crucial talking head at the documentary — that serves as the art director of Stones Throw for this day.
The movie includes interviews with industry heavyweights like Kanye, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Tyler that the Creator and also A-trak, who speak to the simple fact that Stones Throw altered underground hip-hop. The rapper Common identifies the album Champion Sound by Jaylib — that the alliance between producers Madlib and J Dilla — as a “hip-hop monument. ”
And who will ever forget the impact of MF Doom, who injected his beats with comic book references and campy, superhero samples? The roleplaying components of Doom’s audio have made a mask, both literal and physical, shielding rapper and listener alike by making a fictitious world for a sense of escape.
Peanut Butter Wolf will play with Ophelia’so on Saturday, June 1 in 9 p.m. Tickets are available here.
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