Big Shots (album)

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Big Shots
Studio album by Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf
Released November 18, 2003 (2003-11-18)
Recorded 1991-1993
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 46:24
Label Stones Throw Records
Producer Peanut Butter Wolf
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf chronology
M-Town EP
(2003)
Big Shots
(2003)
Big Shots Bonus EP
(2004)
Singles from Big Shots
  1. "My World Premiere"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Devotion"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Here's a Smirk"
    Released: 2003
  4. "Jack the Mack"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club favorable[2]
CMJ New Music Monthly favorable[3]
Dusted Magazine favorable[4]
East Bay Express favorable[5]
Metro Silicon Valley favorable[6]
Rap Reviews 6/10[7]
Spin favorable[8]
XLR8R favorable[9]

Big Shots is the first studio album by Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf.[10] Recorded between 1991 and 1993 for Hollywood BASIC, the album was released on Stones Throw Records in 2003, 10 years after Charizma's death.[11] The first single, entitled "My World Premiere", was originally released in 1996.[4] The album reached number 3 on CMJ New Music Report's Hip-Hop chart in 2004.[12]

Reception[edit]

Big Shots received favorable reviews from critics. Sam Samuelson of AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5, calling it "a treasure that should be cherished by hip-hop fans the world over."[1] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club commented that "[Peanut Butter Wolf's] gorgeously constructed tracks, flawless ear for melody, and extensive sonic quotations anticipate Madlib."[2] Rachel Swan of East Bay Express felt that "[Charizma] might've turned into another Pharoahe Monch or J-Live.[5] Todd Inoue of Metro Silicon Valley noted that "Charizma sounds like MC Shan blessed with youthful lung capacity while PB Wolf makes like Marley Marl programming beats in DJ Premier's lab."[6] Ross Hogg of XLR8R wrote, "Charizma's voice brims with eagerness, enthusiasm and earnestness; Wolf's textured, jazzy beats epitomize boom bap and are a sign of great things to come."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Here's a Smirk"   3:31
2. "Methods"   4:07
3. "Jack the Mack"   3:10
4. "Talk About a Girl"   1:24
5. "Red Light Green Light"   2:40
6. "Tell You Something"   3:38
7. "Gatha Round"   3:00
8. "Devotion"   3:59
9. "Apple Juice Break"   0:38
10. "My World Premiere"   2:07
11. "Ice Cream Truck"   3:37
12. "Charizma What"   3:47
13. "Fair Weathered Friend"   4:04
14. "Soon to Be Large"   3:15
15. "Pacin' the Floor"   3:27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Samuelson, Sam. "Big Shots - Charizma". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (January 12, 2004). "Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf: Big Shots". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gladstone, Neil (January 2004). "Best New Music". CMJ New Music Monthly (120): 45. 
  4. ^ a b Huffman, Emily (March 7, 2004). "Dusted Reviews: Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Swan, Rachel (December 31, 2003). "Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots". East Bay Express. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Inoue, Todd (February 12, 2004). "Charizma Comes Alive". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Juon, Steve (October 28, 2003). "Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf :: Big Shots :: Stones Throw Records". Rap Reviews. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (February 2004). "Reissues". Spin 20 (2). p. 100. 
  9. ^ a b Hogg, Ross (February 24, 2004). "Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots". XLR8R. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Li, Christina (May 19, 2011). "Peanut Butter Wolf on His History with 45s and Why the Vinyl Comeback Is Overhyped". SF Weekly. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ J-23 (November 30, 2003). "Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hip-Hop". CMJ New Music Report (851): 15. February 9, 2004. 

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