Beer - EP by People Under the Stairs on Apple Music

6 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A Los Angeles duo with a penchant for old-school party raps, rowdy breakbeats, and funkdafied samples, People Under the Stairs (Thes One and Double K) have been putting out top-quality, true-school hip-hop since the late ‘90s. Though not as overtly retro as peers like Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling, their music rejects preset keyboard beats and fraudulent thug boasting, instead focusing on having fun, getting their party on, digging for old records, and showing love to their Cali homeland. Originally included on their seventh album Carried Away, "Beer" is just what the title suggests, a tribute set to an '80s-style beats and slick cuts that would sound right at home on Licensed To Ill. The "Colt 45 Mix" adds a glutinous bassline to the fun, while the sublimely mellow, clap-laden "Down In L.A." could be a sequel to Cube's "It Was a Good Day," with shout-outs to barbeques, the barber shop, and the Lakers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A Los Angeles duo with a penchant for old-school party raps, rowdy breakbeats, and funkdafied samples, People Under the Stairs (Thes One and Double K) have been putting out top-quality, true-school hip-hop since the late ‘90s. Though not as overtly retro as peers like Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling, their music rejects preset keyboard beats and fraudulent thug boasting, instead focusing on having fun, getting their party on, digging for old records, and showing love to their Cali homeland. Originally included on their seventh album Carried Away, "Beer" is just what the title suggests, a tribute set to an '80s-style beats and slick cuts that would sound right at home on Licensed To Ill. The "Colt 45 Mix" adds a glutinous bassline to the fun, while the sublimely mellow, clap-laden "Down In L.A." could be a sequel to Cube's "It Was a Good Day," with shout-outs to barbeques, the barber shop, and the Lakers.

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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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