Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This Is Stones Throw Records

Stones Throw Records is one of the most successful and acclaimed independent music labels of our time. They also harbor some of Hip Hop’s most mysterious, illusive, and enigmatic figures, so a glimpse inside of this labels life is more than welcomed. ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton’ hosts an array of musical figures, many of whom stop by just to sing the label praises, the guests range from Common and Questlove to Tyler, The Creator, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. With most documentaries they start at the beginning and explain how Peanut Butter Wolf, the founder of Stones Throw Records, basically started the label after having some unpleasant bouts with labels and just wanted a place to release the music he was making with childhood friend and MC Charizma. Without giving too much away it eventually reaches the time period most Stones Throw fans know and delves into the likes of Madlib, DOOM, and J Dilla. Keeping these mysterious figures mysterious the documentary doesn’t really release much never before seen footage of these illusive figures, they even borrow footage from DOOM’s Red Bull Music Academy interview instead of showing footage they more than likely have of these figures behind the scenes. They perfectly document the ups and downs of the label the change in musical style and taste and also the redemption of the label while giving an optimistic look toward the unknown future for this collective. The 2 disc special edition ‘box set’ comes with a soundtrack which features a few unreleased Madlib beats, but if you are truly a fan of Stones Throw then you most likely already have every song on the soundtrack in a few different formats (mp3, cd, 45, and probably cassette too knowing their output). One can only look forward to what goodies will be released once this DVD gets a re-issue, Stones Throw never let’s their fans and listeners down with product and this documentary is just another notch under their belt of quality work.

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