Stones Throw Records

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Stones Throw Records
Stones Throw logo.svg
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] albums across a variety of genres since its inception in 1996. Stones Throw is considered[4] 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)[5] as a means of releasing his now-classic debut album with the late MC Charles Hicks (Charizma).[6] 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”[7]

The label has gained fame for releasing acclaimed hip-hop records, including Madvillain's (a collaboration between producer Madlib and MF DOOM) highly-acclaimed[8] debut album Madvillainy in 2004, as well as J Dilla's album Donuts, which was praised by Pitchfork Media with 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".[9]

In 2014, the label was featured in a documentary entitled "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton," which featured hip-hop luminaries including Kanye West and Questlove as it retraced the label's influence upon the genre of hip-hop and beyond. The movie has been given high praise from critics and audiences alike.[10]

The all time highest seller on the label is singer Aloe Blacc.[11]



  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. ^ Yates, Kieran. "Stones Throw Records: the label that changed hip hop". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Peanut Butter Wolf". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Nate Jackson (December 22, 2011). "Peanut Butter Wolf talks 15th anniversary of Stones Throw Records". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  7. ^ Peanut Butter Wolf. "Stones Throw History". Stones Throw. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013. 
  8. ^ "Reviews for Madvillainy by Madvillain". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Patrin, Nate (January 16, 2013). "J Dilla: Donuts (45 Box Set)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON: THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS (2014) - ROTTEN TOMATOES". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aloe Blacc chart positions". January 14, 2012. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "NxWorries | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved Jan 22, 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Tape Mastah Steph". 
  15. ^ "Tuxedo - Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One - "Number One"". Stones Throw. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 

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