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EDITORS’ NOTES

Since they first came out in the late '90s, People Under the Stairs (Double K and Thes One) have been consistently releasing exceptional true-school hip-hop, ignoring corny trends, fake-thug lyrics, and electronic flourishes while embracing breakbeats, dusty loops, real scratching, and good old-fashioned party raps. 12 Step Program is their ninth album; it's their first since 2000's Question in the Form of an Answer that has no live instruments, just 100% samples. As is their usual M.O., they drop smooth story-rhymes about their love of hip-hop, drinking and smoking, ladies, crate-digging, and California pride, with standout tracks like "LA Nights," the Super Mario Bros–sampling "1 Up Til Sun Up," and "Doctor Feelgood." While some artists get stuck in a rut doing the same thing over and over, with PUTS, that's exactly what fans hope for. As they say on "Roundabouts": "We're like Eric B's facial expression—never change." And that's most definitely a good thing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since they first came out in the late '90s, People Under the Stairs (Double K and Thes One) have been consistently releasing exceptional true-school hip-hop, ignoring corny trends, fake-thug lyrics, and electronic flourishes while embracing breakbeats, dusty loops, real scratching, and good old-fashioned party raps. 12 Step Program is their ninth album; it's their first since 2000's Question in the Form of an Answer that has no live instruments, just 100% samples. As is their usual M.O., they drop smooth story-rhymes about their love of hip-hop, drinking and smoking, ladies, crate-digging, and California pride, with standout tracks like "LA Nights," the Super Mario Bros–sampling "1 Up Til Sun Up," and "Doctor Feelgood." While some artists get stuck in a rut doing the same thing over and over, with PUTS, that's exactly what fans hope for. As they say on "Roundabouts": "We're like Eric B's facial expression—never change." And that's most definitely a good thing.

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About People Under the Stairs

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 it to the studio to record their next album. The final results appeared in the summer of 2002 under the name O.S.T. Busy with individual side projects, the next People Under the Stairs album, Stepfather, didn't come out for another four years. ~ Steve Huey

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