After his show stopping performance back in April at FUNKSOULNATION, we knew we just had to have him back and so yes here he is again... ready to rock the party y’all!
Described by LA Weekly as “LA’s Best DJ”, The HiFi Club inconjunction with the THE SUNDAY JOINT & SLOWDOWN SOUNDS are honoured to welcome the king of the beat… Mr PEANUT BUTTER WOLF!
Chris Manak first discovered hip hop at the age of nine in his hometown of San Jose, CA in 1979. He was mainly buying soul/funk 45s by artists like Cameo and The Bar Kays at that time. You were either a rocker or a souler and PEANUT BUTTER WOLF was a souler. To celebrate his first year as a teen in 1984, his mom got him a DJ mixer from Radio Shack. He soon discovered reggae, new wave, and punk, but hip hop was still #1. He got his first drum machine in 1986 and started recording with different local MCs and by 1990, he met 16-year-old rapper Charizma. Charizma dared Chris to change his DJ name to PEANUT BUTTER WOLF. It wouldn’t be Wolf’s last unconventional career move.
Charizma and PEANUT BUTTER WOLF recorded over an album’s worth of “golden age” hip-hop for Hollywood Records and did shows with House Of Pain, Nas, and The Pharcyde until December 1993, when the world lost Charizma to gun violence. Wolf took a break.
“Making beats” eventually became therapy, though, as Wolf forged a career as a music producer, working with various rappers and labels for the next few years. By 1996, he started up his own label Stones Throw Records. With no money, staff, office, experience, or even CD distribution, Wolf started Stones Throw as a vinyl-only record label that catered almost strictly to DJs.
His own album ‘My Vinyl Weighs A Ton’, was the most acclaimed and successful release of the early years of Stones Throw. By 2000, Wolf relocated the label to Los Angeles, bringing the rapper/producer Madlib along with him, who became the center of the label for many years. When Madlib made Quasimoto’s The Unseen, a helium-voiced alter ego, Stones Throw saw a turning point. From then on, the label defied more conventions with each year.
With artists as varied as James Pants, Jonti, and Anika, Stones Throw grew a reputation for its left-field style, while still continuing to drop classic material in the hip-hop genre. Acclaimed albums from MF Doom’s Madvillain and J Dilla’s swan song Donuts, cemented Stones Throw’s status as a crucial entry in the history of hip hop. Wolf has also curated compilation albums for Adult Swim, 2K Sports, Serato, and Urban Outfitters. He has discovered and developed artists such as Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Jonwayne, The Stepkids, and Aloe Blacc.
After almost three decades of record digging experience, PEANUT BUTTER WOLF now takes DJing to the next level: multimedia. His VJ sets find him playing rare music video clips from the last 6 decades – he has one of the deepest music video collections in the world.
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF the label founder still enjoys a DJ career that takes him around the world, balancing between club dates, festivals, and private events. Whether it’s a dinner party for Bill Clinton, a string of dates with the Beastie Boys, Gwen Stefani’s birthday party, or his own high school reunion, Wolf is equally at home behind the turntables.
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