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Peanut Butter Wolf reviewed

| November 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Peanut Butter Wolf
2K8 B-Ball Zombie War
(Stones Throw)

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For this compilation, Peanut Butter Wolf’s task was simple: Create the soundtrack for “NBA 2K8,” one of the world’s most popular basketball video games. But he went and got all cerebral and shit.

Appearing: Friday, November 30th at Abbey Pub in Chicago.

Back in the day, video games were simple. You squashed NHL ’96 into your Genesis, hit power, and 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready For This” was the only sound you heard (except for five-second organ samples. So we can’t really blame PBW. He has to keep with the times and deal with Stones Throw’s square-peg roster (Madlib, J Dilla, Quasimoto). He makes fine selections with the big-beat boom-bap of Med’s “Break It Down,” the island grit coating Guilty Simpson’s “Make It Fast,” and unearths a true club banger with Oh No’s “Action.”

But Madlib’s “The Wigflip” is typically obtuse, the “Lightworking” collaboration between J Dilla, Talib Kweli, and Q-Tip never gets off the ground, and the disc’s back half bugs out as an electro party with not-so-subtle tributes to Mantronix. Gimme some jock jams, yo, and y’all get ready for this!

5

— Steve Forstneger

Category: Spins, Weekly

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