Peanut Butter Wolf

Chris Manak

Also known as DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, P. B. Wolf, P.B. Wolf, P.B.W, PB Wolf, PBW, PBWOLF, Peanut Butter, Peanutbutter Wolf, Peanutbutterwolf, Peatnut Butter Wolf, Play Boy Wolf, Wolf

Profile of the performer Peanut Butter Wolf: As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak sought out an escape from suburbian life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop ("Rappers Delight"). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink.



He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that, in an odd turn of events, a girlfriend’s youngest brother feared the “peanut butter wolf monster” more than death itself. Wolf and his more conventionally-named counterpart, Charizma, began recording in 1989 when the two were still teenagers. Within three years, the duo signed a contract with Hollywood Basic (Disney) alongside label mates Organized Konfusion and DJ Shadow. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf were riding high, touring Europe, receiving press in magazines such as Billboard and (a then newspaper format) Urb , hanging with radio legends Sway & King Tech on Wake Up Show and performing live shows with groups like House of Pain, Nas and The Pharcyde. Then, in December of 1993, Charizma tragically lost his life. Stunned, Wolf temporarily gave up on music.



After releasing the song "Just Like A Test" with Charizma for David Paul's Bomb Hip Hop Compilation early in 1994, Upstairs Records, a label known primarily for house music, approached Wolf to record an instrumental LP. Thus, the Peanut Butter Breaks was born; the record became the Wolf’s calling card, leading to meetings and collaborations with like-minded DJs like Q-bert, Cut Chemist and Rob Swift.



After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labeled “incredible” by The Source magazine. He released a 6 song compilation for South Paw Records in 1995, featuring collaborations with up and coming San Jose MCs. He also produced Kool Keith's first single as a solo artist "Wanna Be A Star." These releases, amongst others, led to a picture disc EP for British label 2 Kool Records.



In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Charizma’s posthumous "My World Premiere" was the single to launch the label. A few highlights in the beginning were the songs "Unassisted" by Rasco, Super Duck Breaks LP by DJ Babu, and hip hop 7” series.



Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US. Through his willingness to experiment and provide Stones Throw’s artists with musical carte blanche, he has overseen the releases of Lootpack’s Soundpieces, Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Breakestra’s Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet’s Angles Without Edges, Madlib's Shades of Blue, and Jaylib's Champion Sound.

So in the Web you may find Peanut Butter Wolf on the Web by this links:
  1. http://www.stonesthrow.com/pbwolf/
  2. http://www.myspace.com/pbwolf
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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label production
1 Peanut Butter Wolf - My Vinyl Weighs A Ton My Vinyl Weighs A Ton 23 mp3, CD 1999 Copasetik Recordings
2 Lunar Props EP 5 mp3, CD 1996 2 Kool
3 My Vinyl Weighs A Ton 24 mp3, CD 1999-00-00 Copasetik Recordings
4 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Breaks Peanut Butter Breaks 11 mp3, CD 2001 Stones Throw Records
5 Peanut Butter Wolf - Tale of Five Cities Tale of Five Cities 5 mp3, CD 1999 Copasetik Recordings
6 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's 22 mp3, CD 2002-09-03 Stones Throw Records
7 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Breaks Peanut Butter Breaks 13 mp3, CD 1994 Heyday Records
8 Peanut Butter Wolf - Tale of Five Cities Tale of Five Cities 4 mp3, CD 1999 Copasetik Recordings
9 Badmeaningood Vol. 3 11 mp3, CD 2003 Ultimate Dilemma
10 Peanut Butter Wolf - Run The Line Run The Line 6 mp3, CD 1997 All Good Vinyl
11 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Wolf's - Stones Throw - Jukebox 45's Peanut Butter Wolf's - Stones Throw - Jukebox 45's 21 mp3, CD 2002 Stones Throw Records
12 Peanut Butter Wolf - The Lost Tapes The Lost Tapes 4 mp3, CD 1997 Stones Throw Records
13 Peanut Butter Wolf - Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats 7 mp3, CD 1998 Stones Throw Records
14 Peanut Butter Wolf - Step On Our Ego's? Step On Our Ego's? 6 mp3, CD 1996 Southpaw Records
15 Peanut Butter Wolf - Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats 7 mp3, CD 1998 Copasetik Recordings
16 Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's 30 mp3, CD 2004-11-10 Play It Again Sam [PIAS]
17 Peanut Butter Wolf - Run The Line / The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger) Run The Line / The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger) 6 mp3, CD 1997 Stones Throw Records
18 Badmeaningood Vol. 3 18 mp3, CD 2003 Ultimate Dilemma
19 My Vinyl Weighs A Ton 32 mp3, CD 2000-07-26 Stones Throw Records
20 Peanut Butter Wolf - Definition Of Ill Definition Of Ill 5 mp3, CD 1999 Stones Throw Records
21 Peanut Butter Wolf - My Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Instrumentals) My Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Instrumentals) 12 mp3, CD 1998 Stones Throw Records
22 The Best Of 15 mp3, CD 2002-05-09 Copasetik Recordings
23 Peanut Butter Wolf - Definition Of Ill (Remix) Definition Of Ill (Remix) 5 mp3, CD 2000
24 Peanut Butter Wolf - My Vinyl Weighs A Ton My Vinyl Weighs A Ton 17 mp3, CD 2001 Stones Throw Records
25 Peanut Butter Wolf - Run The Line (The Remixes) Run The Line (The Remixes) 6 mp3, CD 1998 Copasetik Recordings
26 Peanut Butter Wolf - 666 Mix 666 Mix 50 mp3, CD 2007 PBW
27 Peanut Butter Wolf - 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War 20 mp3, CD 2007-10-00 Stones Throw Records
28 Peanut Butter Wolf - In The Mix: The Zombie Playoffs In The Mix: The Zombie Playoffs 22 mp3, CD 2007-09-10 Stones Throw Records
29 Lunar Props EP 5 mp3, CD 1996 2 Kool
30 Peanut Butter Wolf - Lunar Props EP Lunar Props EP 5 mp3, CD 1996 2 Kool
31 Yo! 45 Raps Vol. 1 8 mp3, CD 2006 PBW
32 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Badd Santa - A Stones Throw Records Xmas Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Badd Santa - A Stones Throw Records Xmas 14 mp3, CD 2007-11-00 Stones Throw Records
33 Peanut Butter Wolf - Area Codes: Old School Regional Rapp Beyond The 5 Boroughs Area Codes: Old School Regional Rapp Beyond The 5 Boroughs 27 mp3, CD 2008 PBW
34 Run The Line / The Undercover (Remixes) 7 mp3, CD Stones Throw Records
35 Peanut Butter Wolf - Straight To Tape 1990-1992 Straight To Tape 1990-1992 20 mp3, CD 2009-08-27 PBW
36 Peanut Butter Wolf - Ladies First Ladies First 30 mp3, CD 2009 PBW
37 45 Live: A Classic Rap Mix 5 mp3, CD 2009-09-21 Five Day Weekend
38 Peanut Butter Wolf - 45 Live: A Classic Rap Mix By Peanut Butter Wolf 45 Live: A Classic Rap Mix By Peanut Butter Wolf 18 mp3, CD 2009 Five Day Weekend
39 Peanut Butter Wolf - Chrome Mix Chrome Mix 19 mp3, CD 2010-02-21
40 Peanut Butter Wolf - Bass Your Car Streets And Party Fresh Beats Bass Your Car Streets And Party Fresh Beats 37 mp3, CD 2006 PBW
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