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Dreaming of the Usual .. a Rap Beat Real hip hop sometimes comes from strange places. For instance, Charles Hicks, a.k.a. Charizma, from the tiny San Jose suburb of Milpitas. Here is a kid who grew up with three primary concerns - hip hop music,...

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Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf in Elemental

Lay the needle on "Methods" (STH2001), clear your head and take a seat. Step backwards in time as the looped dust joins hands with that... Read More

Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf in Vapors

Like too many other great MCs, Charizma's life was taken by mindless violence. Unlike many other great mc's, his legacy was shelved for ten years.... Read More

Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf "Raquel" 45, and 1992 Interview (MP3)

IN THE STORE Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Raquel This 3-song 7-inch joint venture between Swamper Records and Radish Records was done without the... Read More

Charizma T-Shirt

IN THE STORE CHARIZMA Tee Stones Throw's first MC: Charizma. Pencil drawing on white tee. Keep it simple. Artwork: Stephen Daniels. Read More

T-shirt: Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf

T-SHIRT: Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf from pre-Stones Throw days, a photo by Theresa Castro pulled from the PBW files. Read More

Charizma 1973-1993

It was 20 years ago when 20-year-old rapper Charizma died. He made his posthumous debut on vinyl with Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf's "My World... Read More

Charizma playlist, with the story behind the music by Peanut Butter Wolf

In the store | CHARIZMA & PEANUT BUTTER WOLF - CIRCA 1990-1993 Just over 20 years since Charizma was shot & killed, Peanut Butter Wolf... Read More

Charizma and PB Wolf - Circa 1990-1993 - 4LP box set

In the store | CHARIZMA & PB WOLF - CIRCA 1990-1993 Note: 4LP Box set SOLD OUT in our first week of release. Copies may... Read More

Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf – “High School Love” (Demo)

“Demo version recorded at the house. Since he ‘didn't have a mic,’ he rapped on headphones. His flow is more laid back on this version... Read More

Charizma

Dreaming of the Usual .. a Rap Beat Real hip hop sometimes comes from strange places. For instance, Charles Hicks, a.k.a. Charizma, from the tiny San Jose suburb of Milpitas. Here is a kid who grew up with three primary concerns - hip hop music, sweets, and apple juice. By sweets, I don't mean the kind that you buy at the 7-11. And the apple juice, only Martinelli's uncarbonated. As for the hip hop, it was MC Shan, KRS One, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, the Biz, and anything else available to a 14 year old kid in Milpitas in the late-1980s. That was enough to get Charizma (then "Charlie C") rapping at high school talent shows. Charizma was 16 when he hooked up with 19-year-old Chris Cut, the soon-to-be Peanut Butter Wolf. Fast forward three years or so, past a few demo tapes and a few shows. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf are now a solid team developing their own style and sound, one unlike much else in hip hop, and certainly unlike anything else ever to come from Milpitas. They landed themselves a record deal with the Disney-owned Hollywood Basics label, home of Organized Konfusion, and for the next year they'd both follow a strict regiment of making music all day long, taking breaks for pinball and apple juice, and learning the fundamentals of battling a major label over artistic integrity. As it turns out, Walt Disney wasn't much of a hip hop expert. After recording about an album's worth of material, the only thing released was a promo cassette of their song "Right Light Green Light." The group got out of their deal with Hollywood Basics, and the label soon folded. As artists, Charizma and PBWolf were still reaching new heights, but the music was soon cut short. Charizma was tragically killed in December 1993. My World Premiere Peanut Butter Wolf talks about what led him to start Stones Throw Records in the History section of this site, but Charizma's role is evident in Stones Throw's first release: Charizma's "My World Premiere" 12-inch single.