Peanut Butter Wolf

Peanut Butter Wolf

Real Name:
Chris Manak
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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.
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Peanut Butter Wolf Discography

Albums

PBB 001 Peanut Butter Wolf Peanut Butter Breaks (Album) Heyday Records PBB 001 US 1994 Sell This Version
STH 2017i Peanut Butter Wolf My Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Album, Comp) Stones Throw Records STH 2017i US 1998 Sell This Version
TSUGi 35 Peanut Butter Wolf Tsugi Sampler 35 - Stones Throw Clouds Over The Pacific(CD, Enh, Promo, Smplr, Car) Tsugi Sampler TSUGi 35 France 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SP-008 Peanut Butter Wolf Step On Our Ego's? (EP) Southpaw Records SP-008 US 1996 Sell This Version
TKT 17 Peanut Butter Wolf Lunar Props EP (EP) 2 Kool TKT 17 UK 1996 Sell This Version
STH2008, STH2010 Peanut Butter Wolf Run The Line / The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger) (Single) Stones Throw Records STH2008, STH2010 US 1997 Sell This Version
none Peanut Butter Wolf The Lost Tapes(7", Ltd) Stones Throw Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
STH2016 Peanut Butter Wolf Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats (Single) Stones Throw Records STH2016 US 1998 Sell This Version
COPA 005 Peanut Butter Wolf Tale of Five Cities (Maxi) Copasetik Recordings COPA 005 US 1999 Sell This Version
STH 2022 Peanut Butter Wolf Definition Of Ill (Single) Stones Throw Records STH 2022 US 1999 Sell This Version
STH 2188 Peanut Butter Wolf Badd Santa (A Stones Throw Records Xmas)(12", EP) Stones Throw Records STH 2188 US 2007 Sell This Version
STH7052 Dam-Funk / Peanut Butter Wolf Dam-Funk / Peanut Butter Wolf - 92 & 93(7", Single, Ltd) Stones Throw Records STH7052 US 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

COPA 028 CD Peanut Butter Wolf The Best Of (Comp) Pla Flavor, Eugene COPA 028 CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
STH2044 Peanut Butter Wolf Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's (Comp, Album) Stones Throw Records STH2044 US 2002 Sell This Version
STH 2150 Peanut Butter Wolf Chrome Children (Comp) Stones Throw Records STH 2150 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Madlib & Peanut Butter Wolf Madlib & Peanut Butter Wolf - The Other Side: Los Angeles (Comp) Deaf Dumb & Blind none US 2007 Sell This Version
STH2186 Peanut Butter Wolf 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War (Comp) Stones Throw Records STH2186 US 2007 Sell This Version
STH 2155 Peanut Butter Wolf Chrome Children Vol. 2 (Comp) Stones Throw Records STH 2155 US 2007 Sell This Version
STH2181 Peanut Butter Wolf Badd Santa: A Stones Throw Records Xmas (Comp) Stones Throw Records STH2181 US 2007 Sell This Version
PBW009 Peanut Butter Wolf Straight To Tape 1990-1992 (Comp) PBW PBW009 US 2009 Sell This Version
PBW006 Peanut Butter Wolf Ladies First(CD, Comp, Mixed) PBW PBW006 US 2009 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

UDRLP020 Peanut Butter Wolf Badmeaningood Vol. 3 (Comp) Ultimate Dilemma UDRLP020 UK 2003 Sell This Version
00430-CDV10-04 Peanut Butter Wolf & DJ Jazzy Jeff Peanut Butter Wolf & DJ Jazzy Jeff - Scion CD Sampler V.10 - The Indie Labels(CD, Mixed, Promo) Scion Audio/Visual 00430-CDV10-04 US 2004 Sell This Version
STH2150-P3, none Peanut Butter Wolf Chrome Mix (Comp) Stones Throw Records, [adult swim] STH2150-P3, none US 2006 Sell This Version
PBW005 Peanut Butter Wolf Cover Me Badd(CD, Comp, Mixed) PBW PBW005 US 2006 Sell This Version