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Inside the Los Angeles Hip-Hop Undergound

DJ Peanut Butter Wolf performs at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
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DJ Peanut Butter Wolf performs at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

For more than a decade, Los Angeles record label Stones Throw Records has worked with some of the biggest indy rap acts in the business — including M-F Doom, Madlib, and the late J Dillah.

Producer Chris Manak — alias Peanut Butter Wolf — started Stones Throw in San Jose, Calif., before moving the company down to Los Angeles.

There, he teamed up with a couple of friends who have helped him turn Stones Throw into one of the most important independent labels in the country.

Wolf says he started the label because of his love for music. He grew up as a white kid in California listening to '70s soul. But once he got a taste of early hip-hop, Wolf was hooked.

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