Stones Throw Records

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Stones Throw Records
Logo of Stones Throw Records.png
Parent company Independent
Founded 1996
Founder Chris Manak
Distributor(s) Capitol Music Group
Country of origin United States of America
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website

Stones Throw Records is an American independent music label based in Los Angeles, California. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed,[1][2][3] left-of-center albums since its inception in 1996. Stones Throw is considered[by whom?] one of the leading names in underground hip-hop circles with a cult fan following around the world.


Stones Throw Records was founded in 1996 by San Jose-based DJ/Producer Chris Manak (Peanut Butter Wolf) as a means of releasing his now-classic debut album with the late MC Charles Hicks (Charizma).[4] Since then, Stones Throw has grown into a multigenerational, international powerhouse in the underground music scene. In regards to the music on the label, Manak has said “I put out what I personally like and save the rest for the other labels out there”[5]

An important milestone for the company came with the release of Madvillain's (a collaboration between producer Madlib and MF DOOM) debut album Madvillainy in 2004. The album was met with universal acclaim.

More recently, in January 2013, Stones Throw re-issued J Dilla's album Donuts. Notably, Pitchfork Media gave the reissue of the album a perfect 10/10 score, saying "It's a widely praised favorite for so many people, and yet there's something about Donuts that feels like such an intensely personal statement".[6]

The all time highest seller on the label is singer Aloe Blacc.[7]



  • Pyramid Vritra [9]


  • MED


  • 2005 : Stones Throw Records 2005 Sampler


  1. ^ Jamin Warren (December 9, 2004). "Stones Throw 101 Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  2. ^ Ben Ratliff (December 6, 2010). "ANIKA Review". New York Times. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  3. ^ Elissa Stolman (September 27, 2011). "Stepkids Review". CMJ. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  4. ^ Nate Jackson (December 22, 2011). "Peanut Butter Wolf talks 15th anniversary of Stones Throw Records". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  5. ^ Peanut Butter Wolf. "Stones Throw History". Stones Throw. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  6. ^ Patrin, Nate (January 16, 2013). "J Dilla: Donuts (45 Box Set)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Aloe Blacc chart positions". January 14, 2012. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "7 Days of Funk | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved 16 Dec 2013. 
  9. ^ "Matt Martians Formspring". April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 

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