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Album Review

With over ten years in the underground rap game, the West Coast duo known as People Under the Stairs have carved out a niche as L.A.'s foremost purveyors of wordy, true-school revivalism. On their seventh full-length release, Carried Away, Thes One and Double K continue to do their thing, marrying clever fast raps with loop-heavy throwback production built on soul, funk, and jazz samples. On high-energy cuts like "Much Too Much," the duo flex rapid-fire flows and comedic rhymes of such as caliber as "They call me Dee Snider, I twist your sister/Send her back home with a little charisma." Elsewhere, PUTS pay tribute to drinking — as they rework original hip-hop rhymes from the likes of Grandmaster Flash and the Beastie Boys — and smoking on the consecutive tongue-in-cheek party anthems "Beer" and "Weed." Thes and Double K have a knack for revisiting hip-hop classics, as they turn A Tribe Called Quest's "Check the Rhyme" into their own "Check the Vibe," do their best Sugarhill Gang impression on "Letter to the Old School," and even borrow an obscene phone call routine from the Pharcyde on "Creepshow." As usual with PUTS, Carried Away is a self-contained effort with no guest producers or MC cameos, just entertaining rhymes and straightforward beatwork dotted with well-placed samples meant to delight hip-hop purists everywhere.

Customer Reviews

Another 5-star album.

For those who know PUTS this is a no-brainer. Another amazing album full of jazzy samples and flawless vocals (if that's the right word? the album has left me lost for words!). Thes and Double have gone hard on this album, and it shows.
If this is the first PUTS album you buy, I'm sure it won't be the last!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The underground hip-hop outfit People Under the Stairs was formed by Mike Turner (Double K) and Chris Portugal (Thes One), who met on the fringe of L.A.'s late-'90s hip-hop underground. The duo, devoted to jazzy samples, danceable beats, intricate rhyming skills, and laid-back humor, debuted in 1998 with the acclaimed The Next Step and followed it up in 2000 with Question in the Form of an Answer. Gathering heavy praise and touring with De La Soul, the group took their road experiences and brought...
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