Peanut Butter Wolf
|Peanut Butter Wolf|
Peanut Butter Wolf playing the live DJ set at FYF Fest in Los Angeles
|Birth name||Chris Manak|
|Also known as||Chris Cut|
|Origin||San Jose, California|
|Genres||Hip hop, funk|
|Occupation(s)||Disc jockey, producer|
|Labels||Upstairs Records, Hollywood BASIC, Stones Throw Records|
|Associated acts||Charizma, Planet Asia, Madlib, J. Rocc, BT, Dam-Funk, James Pants, Jonti, Jonwayne, Dj King Assassin|
Manak took the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that a girlfriend’s youngest brother feared the “peanut butter wolf monster” more than death itself. He has been active since 1989 when he produced a song by Lyrical Prophecy called "You Can't Swing This" on a label called PMR Records run by Kim Collett, who DJed with him at the local radio station (KSJS). Peanut Butter Wolf persuaded his father to contribute $500 to get the record released, making him a part owner in the label. Later that year, he met Charles Hicks, a.k.a. Charizma. They became close friends and formed a group. After shopping their demo tape to a few labels, they decided to sign with Hollywood BASIC, a division of Disney's Hollywood Records.
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf eventually left the label right before it closed its hip hop division. Charizma died in December 1993. Eventually Peanut Butter Wolf began making beats and DJing again. "It was a way for me to deal with the pain of losing both my music partner and my best friend" said Wolf. He then decided the album he and Charizma made together had to be heard. While Peanut Butter Wolf was passing out tapes, Dave Paul from the Bomb Hip Hop Magazine put out an album featuring the best hip hop artists of the Bay Area. It featured (among others) Blackalicious, Mystic Journeymen, DJ Qbert, and Charizma.
The next two years brought several compilations: Return of the DJ, instrumental beats Peanut Butter Breaks, and production work for Kool Keith. Peanut Butter Wolf also released an EP called "Step On Our Egos" for Southpaw Records. Still, he wanted to release the Charizma songs, making their dream a reality.
After recording for many labels, Peanut Butter Wolf realized he was having as much fun promoting the records as recording the songs. He became confident that he could succeed in running a label, and convinced distributor Nu Gruv Alliance that he could do it. In 1996 Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records, making his first release "My World Premier" by "Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf". Lately, Peanut Butter Wolf has moved away from producing to help promote up and coming artists on his Stones Throw label and to travel the world as a DJ/VJ.
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.
- Peanut Butter Breaks (Upstairs Records, 1994)
- My Vinyl Weighs a Ton (1999)
- Big Shots (2003) w/ Charizma
- Peanut Butter Wolf's Jukebox 45's (Stones Throw Records, 2002)
- Chrome Children (Stones Throw Records, 2006)
- Chrome Children Vol. 2 (Stones Throw Records, 2007)
- B-Ball Zombie War (Stones Throw Records, 2007)
- Straight to Tape 1990-1992 (2009)
- Fusion Beats (2002)
- Badmeaningood Vol.3 (2003)
- 666 Mix (2006)
- Chrome Mix (2006)
- Zombie Playoffs (2007)
- Ladies First (2007)
- Be Our Valentine (2008) w/ Prince Paul
- Step on Our Ego's? (1996)
- Lunar Props (1996)
- Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats (1998)
- "Run the Line" b/w "The Undercover (Clear & Present Danger)" (1997)
- "Definition of Ill" (1999)
- "Tale of Five Cities" (1999)
- Kool Keith - "Wanna Be a Star" (1996)
- Weiss, Jeff (October 8, 2010). "Peanut Butter Wolf premieres an exclusive mix in advance of this Sunday's 10/10/10 celebration". Los Angeles Times.
- Hundley, Jessica (January 15, 2004). "Moving fast, at 33 rpm". Los Angeles Times.
- Aveling, Marisa (May 24, 2011). "Q&A: Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf". CMJ.
- Levisman, Sean (March 28, 2012). "Peanut Butter Wolf on Making Music: "Don't Do It for the Fame, Do It for Yourself"". Miami New Times.