Stones Throw Records


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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 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]

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