People Under The Stairs
People Under The Stairs
Members: Mike Turner 'Double K', Chris Portugal 'Thes One'
Affectionately Known as "The P." by their fans.
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People Under The Stairs were influenced by the beer drinking, hotel-trashing, hip hop party approach of Rick Rubin, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys. They are also heavily influenced by all of the Old-school pioneers.
Thes One & Double K met at Martin's Records in Mid-City, L.A. The legendary location also home to DJ Ralph M, Murs (who attended High School with Double K (2)), Big Texas, and Barbershop MC's.
People Under The Stairs also consisted of Smile Oak and JazMak as official members in the early days.
They came out independently on their own imprint, PUTS Records, which also released 12" singles by Cap'n Kidd Lexus and Droop Capone. PUTS have also produced tracks for Blvme (who appeared on People Under The Stairs "Fun DMC" LP), and 3 Melancholy Gypsys.
George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic appeared on People Under The Stairs album "The Stepfather".
People Under The Stairs are close friends with MixMaster Wolf, Time Machine (2), Giant Panda, Cut Chemist, and Greg Nice.
Los Angeles based People Under The Stairs, Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) are the most successful fully independent duo in the history of Hip-Hop. Since their initial full length release in 1998, People Under The Stairs have performed more than a thousand sold out shows, festivals and world tours spanning 6 continents and 40 countries. With a strong DIY ethic, “The P”, as they are referred to by their fans, have self managed, produced and engineered 7 full-length albums and countless singles and side projects. The musical sensibility punctuating their unique brand of hip-hop has not only earned them the title “The Steely Dan of Rap Music” but consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts. Their illustrious career includes an appearance on The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special, a John Peele Session at Abbey Road, and groundbreaking performances at key festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds, Redding, Coachella and Bonaroo, the last of which was noted by SPIN magazine as “Simply the best performance of Friday… Period”. As part of their 10 year Anniversary World Tour in 2009, People Under The Stairs traveled to new continents with sold out shows in China, Brazil and South Africa and continued to tour through 2010-11 as they work on their 8th Studio album.
People Under The Stairs Discography
- 9 Remix
- 7 Vocals
- 4 Writing & Arrangement
- 11 Featuring & Presenting
- 15 Production
- 2 Technical
- 6 Visual