Stones Throw Records

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Stones Throw Records
Stones Throw logo.svg
Founded1996 (1996)
FounderChris Manak
Distributor(s)Redeye Distribution
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California

Stones Throw Records is an American independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. Under the direction of founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has released music ranging from hip-hop to experimental psych-rock since its inception. LA Weekly deemed the label an "eternally evolving experiment" in celebration of its 20th anniversary.[1]


Chris Manak (Peanut Butter Wolf) founded Stones Throw in 1996 as means of posthumously releasing his music with the late MC Charles Hicks (Charizma).[2] Hicks and Manak met in 1989 at 16 and 19, respectively, and began collaborating as Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf.[3] The duo released one promo cassette of "Red Light Green Light" through Hollywood Basic—the now-defunct hip-hop subsidiary of Hollywood Records—before leaving the label.[4] Their collaboration was cut short in 1993, when Hicks was fatally shot in a carjacking at the age of 20.[3] Stones Throw's first release, "My World Premiere" by Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf, arrived three years later.[5]

The label has since released legendary hip-hop records including Madvillainy, the highly acclaimed[6] debut from Madvillain (a collaboration between producer Madlib and MF DOOM) in 2004, and J Dilla's Donuts in 2006. Stones Throw continues to diversify its roster through the representation of experimental performer Gary Wilson, former political journalist Anika, psychedelic-noir act Mild High Club, and others.

In 2014, a documentary entitled "Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records" was released. The film, directed by Jeff Broadway, historicizes the label's evolution, from the initial collaboration between Hicks and Manak to Stones Throw's influence on mainstream hip-hop.[7] Artists such as Kanye West and Questlove appear in the documentary and offer testimonials.[8]

In February 2018, it was announced that North Carolina based Redeye Distribution became the current distributor for Stones Throw.[9]



  1. ^ Weiss, Jeff (26 October 2016). "Stones Throw's 20 Greatest Releases, in Honor of Their 20th Anniversary". LA Weekly. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ Nate Jackson (December 22, 2011). "Peanut Butter Wolf talks 15th anniversary of Stones Throw Records". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 Feb 2013.
  3. ^ a b Gillespe, Blake (19 June 2014). "The Story of Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf". Impose Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  5. ^ "Our History | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  6. ^ "Reviews for Madvillainy by Madvillain". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ Flicker, Jonah (29 May 2014). "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This is Stones Throw Records) Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  8. ^ "IMBD". November 16, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Redeye Welcomes Stones Throw Records". Redeye. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  10. ^ "NxWorries | Stones Throw Records". Retrieved Jan 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Samiyam| Stones Throw Records". Retrieved Dec 9, 2017.

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