Planet Asia and M.E.D. Surprise Stones Throw Superfest During J Rocc & Peanut Butter Wolf’s DJ Set REVIEW+PHOTOS: J Rocc & Peanut Butter Wolf (DJ Set) @ Stones Throw Superfest 11/5/16
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When is a DJ set more than a DJ set? The Answer? When J Rocc and Peanut Butter Wolf are manning the decks at Stones Throw Record’s 25 Anniversary Superfest.
Over the years, Peanut Butter Wolf and the rest of the Stones Throw team have delevoped realtionships with a number of highly respected musicians. One could even put forth a sound arguement that they have curated perhaps the finest collection of underground hip-hop and eclectic grooves in the world. J Rocc and Peanut Butter wolf opened their “DJ Set” with Myron Glasper (of the retro-soul/funk duo Myron and Earl) on the mic rapping a few bars to warm the crowd up. From there, they took turns spinning some of the favorite jams to the delight o the audicne.
Peanut Butter Wolf took a moment in the middle of the set to thank the audeince, and proceeded to reward those who were loyal enough to maintain their all-day vigil at the front of the audeince railing by throwing out Stones Throw merchandise. When it appeared that they would go back to spinning records, Peanut Butter Wolf greeted Oxnard rapper Nick Rodriguez p/k/a “M.E.D.”, whose most recent album was 2015’s critically acclaimed “Bad Neighbor”, to the stage to spit a couple of songs.
After M.E.D. left the stage, Peanut Butter Wolf wasted no time in introducing one Stones Throw’s original associates, and one of hip-hops most respected wordsmiths, to the stage; the Fresno rapper Jason Green, better known as Planet Asia. If my memory serves me right, Planet Asia got his start with Stones Throw with the label releasing some of his earliest works as 12” singles. I’m pretty sure that if I digg deep enough in my crates, I’ll be able to find my copy of “Definition of Ill”.
It was a whirlwind of a set, with non-stop action not allowing the audience to catch its breath until it was all over. Hell, I couldn’t even put my camera down in order to tweet out a video or two of the specials guests. But with Common in the batter’s box, J Rocc and Peanut Butter Wolf got the bases loaded for the inevitable home run. The Stones Throw Superfest audience wanted a party and the two globally respected DJ’s got the job done.
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