Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw label has been going for 10 years and with Koko packed out, it was time to get down to celebrating the label that has brought us the likes of Percee P, Madlib, Oh No, J Rocc, M.E.D, Lootpack, Breakstra and the one and only J Dilla. It was J Rocc and the boss PBW that opened up with some crazy turntable fun, with the Beat Junkie J Rocc opening with a kazoo intro following it up with a can can theme before rockin’ his own Damien Marley dubplate and then dropping some Jaylib.
Peanut Butter Wolf was just as fun, and the two swapped positions a couple of times as the crowd got warmed up with Kick In The Door by Biggie and even The Specials made an appearance over the speakers. Percee P was the next act on and the big rapper was full of power as he brought the house down with Day At The Races. He bellowed out some tight acapellas and told the crowd that after being in the game for nearly 20 years, it was no wonder his album was called Perseverance. There’s a reason why many people consider Percee P to be a legend and tonight he proved he is worth that label.
It was Madlib that got the biggest cheer of all as he stepped out onto the stage, with his typically laid back flow sounding out over a variety of beats. When he asked where all his weed heads were at, it was no surprise to hear a roar from almost everyone go up but this response was topped when he asked if anyone wanted to hear some new Madvillain shit – before playing Monkey Suite from the Chrome Children album just released by the label. The bass was huge and the crowd left happy at having seen such an array of talent.
Celebrating the label was definitely a blast, but remembering the highly influential and incredibly talented J Dilla was highest on the list. It was a fitting way to remember him, RIP.