Peanut Butter Wolf
recorded his first LP together with school day friend MC Charizma. When the former was murdered in 1996, PBW founded a creative refuge for producers, DJs and MC's in the Bay Area that has since come to be known far and wide for its music, artwork, and ethos: Stones Throw Records.
«Planet Rock» was the song of the year for me, but 1983 was really my year. That was when Herbie Hancock’s «Rockit» came out and I got my first mixer and taught myself how to scratch.
My girl and I like that one.
I opened for the Beastie Boys last month and got kicked out of the dressing room for stealing a set list.
My 666 mix. I was on a flight where they were playing heavy metal videos on VH1 classics and I got so excited. I was headbanging and the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and told me to turn the music down. Those silver Sony headphones are pretty damned loud.
Whatever happens to be in the CD player. Last night, a CD single of Will I Am, that was sent to me, was in there. It was better than I thought it would be.
I used to fish with my dad when I was around 5, but got too sad watching their bloody mouth with the hook in it.
I never jog.
Charizma taught me to listen to Too Short whenever I am love sick. Good remedy.
Too personal, but it’s gotta be instrumental.
My mom doesn’t like Prince, Michael Jackson, or James Brown, so that doesn’t leave much left.
I stayed at what was labeled a «Bed & Breakfast» in Preston, Idaho last year. My wife and I went on a vacation there because that’s the city that Napolean Dynamite was based on and filmed in. All the furniture was ancient and we definitely heard ghosts in that one. They don’t have a single hotel or motel in Preston (or McDonalds) and we were the first one to sign in at that B&B in over a month.
They don’t have subways in LA. Actually, I take that back, they introduced a system called The Metro here not too long ago and I took it for the first time last week. Only went one stop though, so even if I had an iPod (which I don’t at the moment), it would have to have been a short skit of «3 Feet High And Rising» – and I can’t imagine having skits in my imaginary iPod anyway.
I don’t listen to music in the morning.
I had an outdoor gig in Baltimore where it started pouring buckets. I was playing all 45s and I started freaking out cuz my records were all getting wet. We had to stop the music because the DJ setup wasn’t covered. They eventually covered it and I played «Date With The Rain». Cheesy, but good.
Can’t listen to music while working. Too distracting.
I was known for that song in high school. Everyone knew they could count on me to show them the underground rap music they couldn’t find anywhere else.
Probably the Fresh Fest tour back in ‘88. It was Eric B & Rakim, Biz Markie, and BDP right at the height of their popularity. It was at a stadium and hip hop was all around me. I bought an «Any Means Necessary»-T-shirt and leant it to my friend and never got it back.
That whole first album from 1982 is good to booze it up to.
It brings out a lot of conflicting emotions in me.
They used to play that in grocery stores and I’d recognize it. «Popcorn» was another favorite, as well as the songs from «Charlie Brown Christmas».
Don’t jinx me!
I recently found a tape I made for a vacation to Newport Beach in OC. I grew up in San Jose (Northern California), but would go down to Newport Beach/ Disneyland (Southern California) every summer with my homeboy Steve and his family. The tape I made for that summer had a mixture of new wave, punk, and funk on it. Some cool stuff.
I remember «Distant Lover» back when I broke up with my first girlfriend cuz we lived too far apart. She left me. Probably met someone in her neighborhood.
I just love «Marley Marl Scratch». That was so hardcore sounding when it came out. It was the first of his many to come distorted songs.
I guess anything by Ed Banger. I went to their show last night and they really had the whole place moving.
The first songs my mom bought me (and I picked out) all had «Boogie» in the title. Not sure which one I bought first.
He even played the music at my wedding. How many people can claim to have Gary play the church music at THEIR wedding? Made it easier to walk down the isle.
I guess The Velvet Underground would be too obvious, huh? My 777 mix is full of Sunday morning music though.
The instruments he used, the way he played them, his lyrics, and his voice were all things I wished I did. Now there’s a one-man band.