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

Short biography of 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.

Also on the Web you may find Peanut Butter Wolf by links below:
  1. http://www.stonesthrow.com/pbwolf/
  2. http://www.myspace.com/pbwolf
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
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
41 Peanut Butter Wolf - Cover Me Badd Cover Me Badd 33
mp3, CD
2006 PBW
42 Peanut Butter Wolf - Run The Line / The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger) Run The Line / The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger) 6
mp3, CD
1997
43 Run The Line 6
mp3, CD
1997 All Good Vinyl
44 Peanut Butter Wolf - Be Our Valentine Be Our Valentine 36
mp3, CD
2009-02-20 PBW
45 Peanut Butter Wolf - Tsugi Sampler 35 - Stones Throw Clouds Over The Pacific Tsugi Sampler 35 - Stones Throw Clouds Over The Pacific 15
mp3, CD
2010-11-06 Tsugi Sampler
46 Peanut Butter Wolf - Step On Our Ego's? Step On Our Ego's? 6
mp3, CD
Southpaw Records
47 Peanut Butter Wolf - Straight To Tape 1990-1992 Straight To Tape 1990-1992 20
mp3, CD
2009 PBW
48 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's 30
mp3, CD
2004-11-10 Basement Digs
49 Peanut Butter Breaks 11
mp3, CD
2001 Stones Throw Records
50 Peanut Butter Wolf - Peanut Butter Breaks Peanut Butter Breaks 11
mp3, CD
2001 Stones Throw Records
51 The Best Of 18
mp3, CD
2002
52 Run The Line 6
mp3, CD
1997 All Good Vinyl
53 Stones Throw Records 2011 18
mp3, CD
2011 Stones Throw Records
54 92 & 93 2
mp3, CD
2014-02-12 Stones Throw Records
55 Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's 22
mp3, CD
2002 Stones Throw Records

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