In 1996 the album My World Premiere was released. The work of best friends Charles Hicks aka Charizma and Chris Manak aka Peanut Butter Wolf, it was an incredibly significant album. My World Premiere was launched three years after the tragic, untimely death of Charizma, but it also marked the beginning of Stones Throw Records, one of the most influential record labels in underground music.
Since its inception, nearly twenty years ago, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed albums by some of Hip Hop’s most influential artists, including Madlib, MF Doom, Peanut Butter Wolf and the late, great J Dilla. It’s also home to an eclectic array of artists including soulful crooners Aloe Blacc, Myron &E and Mayer Hawthorne.
A new full length documentary, directed by Jeff Broadway, entitled Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (a play on Peanut Butter Wolf’s, My Vinyl Weighs a Ton), pays homage to the label with concert footage and archival material as well as in depth interviews with the likes of Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg and Questlove.
The film will be making a tour of limited screening across North America, so make sure you get your tickets here.
Check out the film’s website and check out some of my favorite Stone’s Throw offerings.