People Under The Stairs Biography

This underground hip-hop group was formed by US DJs/MCs Double K (Michael Turner, 1 August 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Thes One (b. Christopher Portugal, 18 October 1977, Lima, Peru). The duo found each other through a love of the block rocking hip-hop styles of Freestyle Fellowship and the Beatnuts, which became the catalyst to forming People Under The Stairs in Los Angeles in the mid-90s. They spent a few years bonding, trawling LA records shops searching out rare and obscure breaks to formulate their own original productions. The hard work paid off with the delivery of their debut, The Next Step, in 1998. The whole album reels from the dancefloor friendly ‘Time To Rock Our Shit’, and ‘Asshole’, to the storytelling ‘Ten Tough Guys’, encapsulating a true hip-hop aesthetic.

Gaining underground success, and a reputation for being able to rock clubs, People Under The Stairs took their show on the road, touring the USA. The 2000 release Question In The Form Of An Answer featured the usual club-friendly breaks alongside some more introspective tracks such as ‘Get Drunk’, and ‘July 3rd’. More touring followed, not only in the USA, but also to clubs and festivals around the world. The duo stepped up a gear with 2002’s O.S.T. , a classic hip-hop album that was hugely enjoyable but typically out of step with current trends. Four years and much touring passed before 2006’s Stepfather was released. This 20-track album packed full of crazy vocal interludes and hypnotic beats, saw the duo paying due respect to their old school influences.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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