Red Light! Green Light!

I’m sure most of you, or at least all the hip-hop fans, out there know all about Stones Throw. It’s the indie hip-hop label started and run by Peanut Butter Wolf. But how much do you know bout the Wolf’s origins and how Stones Throw started? Maybe you know it all, or maybe you’re not aware that back in the early 90s Peanut Butter Wolf was hanging around with Wildchild and also a young fella by the name of Charizma. Peanut Butter Wolf, or PBW, spotted Charizma’s talent early – he was a gifted emcee and showed much promise. Very quickly they signed to Hollywood Basic (a division of Disney), they even recorded an album full of material, although it didn’t get released till many years later and the pair were quickly dropped from the label before anything was released. The guys put it down to experience, but before they could move on, Charizma was tragically killed in 93. The details are hazy but it is said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was shot at the scene of a burglary.

Charizma’s death effected PBW greatly, although he continued to work without an emcee and released a track called The Chronicles, which was on one of the now legendary Return of The DJ compilations. Then in 96 PBW created Stones Throw Records, and in honour of Charizma, the first release on the label was Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf’s My World Premiere…

Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf – My World Premiere
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PBW went on to release his own solo album on Stones Throw in 98; My Vinyl Weighs a Ton. Then Madlib’s group, Lootpack, signed to Stones Throw the same year. The rest as they say… is history. But many a thought still lay on the minds of the fans of the old skool. Many wonder what may have come of Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf. I remember reading a few articles last year about Charizma and if he would be king of the hill today in the weird and wonderful world of hip-hop lyricists. Back in the early to mid 90s he was definitely seen as a shining diamond of the underground, although his creative and flowing styles of back then would not perhaps cut the mustard in this day and age. But things change, and you could argue that with the changing of the scenes, Charizma would too have changed – but quite how much we will never know. I’ll leave you with a track that remains one of the biggest head-nodders ever, as such it is also one of my most played tracks ever…

Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf – Red Light Green Light
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In homage to his friend, PBW many years later created a video with the help of a few others, for Red Light Green Light. It used various pieces of footage; from live shows, recording sessions, and just messing about. You can watch it here on IFILM. As of 2003 the previously unreleased Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf LP, Big Shots, has been available to purchase, so if you like the old skool west coast sounds of Charizma & PBW, get it bought!

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  • http://monthly.wordpress.com/ monthly

    Good little history. Thanks for the Red Light! Green Light (I lost it some time ago)

  • http://monthly.wordpress.com/ monthly

    Good little history. Thanks for the Red Light! Green Light (I lost it some time ago)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No worries, man.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No worries, man.

  • http://www.myspace.com/programlogic Tek-O-Tek

    RLGL i headnod deluxe, sad what happened Charizma
    Big Shots is a solid album, there’s also a bonus disc album with the RL GL Remix and some other good tracks, check it out
    peace!

  • http://www.myspace.com/programlogic Tek-O-Tek

    RLGL i headnod deluxe, sad what happened Charizma
    Big Shots is a solid album, there’s also a bonus disc album with the RL GL Remix and some other good tracks, check it out
    peace!

  • http://www.myspace.com/programlogic Tek-O-Tek

    oh yeah and “…when it comes to skins i lay my pipes like a… plumber”

  • http://www.myspace.com/programlogic Tek-O-Tek

    oh yeah and “…when it comes to skins i lay my pipes like a… plumber”

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Ha ha yeah, some classic lines from Charizma!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Ha ha yeah, some classic lines from Charizma!