Released: Dec 2003
Label: Stones Throw Records
“This is my design/ To make my n*ggas rewind,” rhymes Charizma on “Methods.” It’s only one of several quotables the Milpitas rapper dropped on this legendary album over Peanut Butter Wolf’s dusty Prince Paul-inspired beats. Packed with standout cuts like “Devotion” and “Red Light Green Light,” Big Shots should have made the duo alt-rap stars. Instead, Charizma was tragically murdered in 1993 before the album could be released. Heartbroken, Peanut Butter Wolf spent the next few years negotiating with Hollywood BASIC for the master tapes. After reinventing himself as CEO of fan favorite Stones Throw Records, he gave Big Shots a proper release in 2003, and the album finally earned the acclaim it deserved.