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PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
EST: 1997 (LOS ANGELES, CA)

People Under the Stairs’ members Thes One and Double K have spent over 10 years and 7 albums taking hip-hop back to turntables, dusty grooves, break-dancing, graffiti, and rocking jams about everyday life. This is the core of what PUTS was founded on and what sets them apart from pretty much everything else out there ... Read more in Amazon's People Under The Stairs Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B00002MCDP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Intro / 4 Everybody 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Death of A Salesman 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hardcore 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wannabes 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ten Tough Guys 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mid-City Fiesta 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Slow Bullet 1:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. San Francisco Knights 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Turndown (Ft. Assault) 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Time To Rock Our Shit 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Tamburo 5 (Ft. Assault, Naimad, & Shine 5) 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Los Angeles Daze 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Next Step II 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. D.A.R.E. 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Asshole 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Play It Again / Outro 4:360.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff on 25 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
The first of PUT's offerings in a fantastic trilogy of albums containing this, `Questions in the Form of an Answer', and `OST, this is straight up fresh, the beats are tight, laced with funk and jazz, while the MCing is fantastic and Double K on the decks throws in some nice cuts and samples as well. This isn't a hard album to listen to, and you can easily have this on in the background at a party, but if you give it time, it just gets better and better. `Mid-City Fiesta' and `San Francisco Knights' are two of the outstanding tracks, but you'll be hard pressed to find one you don't like on this album. One track however, sums up where these guys stand on hiphop - `Wannabes' is a nice rip on all those pophop MC's out there that rap (note: not MC) over synth beats looped from a keyboard. And they couldn't stand anywhere near PUTS. These guys dig beats and then forge them into pure happiness. A must, an absolute must, for all fans of jazzy, funky, hiphop.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2001
Format: Vinyl
A more relaxed album than a party album never the less this album will not fail to make you 'nod' your head!Trust me with a smooth LA style mixed with all kinds of crazy and different samples this is a winner.Songs to look out for: "San Francisco nights" "Rock are S***"
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
After seeing these guy's live in Glow303, and buying there second album the next step was ''The Next Step''. The album is full of fat beat's, chilled beat's, old skool beat's, new skool beat's, and beat's you wish you know about year's ago. The album is dope to the bone and there is no other word to describe it, it's just the dopest hiphop around! It cover's every base and for a first large album it is a mos def for mine, your's and everyone's collection. Buy it KNOW !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
buy it and cherish it 10 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alright, PUTS is one of my three favorite groups. My others are TCQ and Common (Common Sense, whatever, for the LP Ressurection). The first PUTS album I got was Question in the Form of an Answer, which is a great album. So, I bought this one and was blown away. While QFA is an album where the maturity of Thes One and Double K is apparent, Next Step is just so fun and catchy, it sticks out as the better of the two. This is real hip-hop right here. Great lyrics, revolutionary beats (they're taken from 8-tracks) and a great atmosphere, The Next Step is the best of one of the three best hip-hop groups available on CD. Get it, cherish it, and please appreciate it to its fullest.
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They don't make 'em like this any more . . . 17 Dec 2002
By gernsteine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
People Under The Stairs are some of the last true hiphop producers. PUTS and J5 seem to be the last real beat-diggers. The good old days of sampling loops off old funk and soul records to make decent hip-hop records are nearly over.
For a start this was their first LP, constructed from an extensive array of undiscovered breaks ranging from south america to europe and probably further. I can't imagine how many hours these guys spend digging for beats.
PUTS rhyme in an old-school way. Maninly slow flows, somewhat similar to J5. More of a party vibe. It makes a change from the cram-as-many-words-into-a-bar style of many of todays MC's. Also PUTS rhyme about fairly cheerful stuff, going to parties and getting drunk etc.
You just have to listen to San Francisco Knights to see that this is no run of the mill LP.
It is far from the modern 'beep-line' over a rock guitar break neptunes type sound. This is one of those LP's that you will keep coming back to.
Aaron, you're better off listening to Linkin Park, funkFlex & other chart music. Listen to another 500 hiphop LP's then check PUTS again . . . . . you're welcome.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
one ill album 14 April 2001
By platinum_ice12 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just found out about this album a few days ago when I went to the record store and man was it a good buy. This is no doubt an excellent album even outshining their current album. The best track in the album has to be track no. 6: Mid-City Fiesta. Their album is laced with tight bass drums,funky horns,guitars and old school samples which gives this album a solid and refreshing sound. This is highly reccomended to all the hip hop lovers out there. This has to be in my top 50 favorite albums. Check this out .....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Beginning... 26 May 2006
By ? - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Next Step" (1998) was the start for one of the most consistant groups in hiphop, period. People under the stairs to this day have still not come out with an album that has disappointed or paled in comparison to other releases, everything they do is pure HipHop, straight "for the love", no bullish. And this is the foundation, the one that started it all, the one that they had to run around san fran just giving out free copies to promote themselves with...this is the underground. And just for that fact alone, I recomend this album. Now if you've never heard of PUTS, they are made up of Producer/MC Thes One & DJ/Producer/MC Double K both of whom compliment each other perfectly with their funky LA personalities and mutual relationship that just makes everything sound right. Now, it is often said that PUTS' work is never ever groundbreaking, or revolutionary, or "nothing different" so "why the hype?". Understand, the difference with PUTS is they pretty much symbolise the saying "dont F' with it, if it don't need fixin'", and when we talk about "it" we mean HipHop. PUTS have an old school approach to their music, with the help of some SP1200's and MPC's, both thes one and double K are the ultimate beat makers, finding some of the most un-used samples and flipping 'em to make every beat they do as tight as it can get! Admittedly, PUTS are not the most orginial lyricists ever, but it's their relatable honesty & chilled - out LA mentality that make them utterly captivating when they decide to start talking. Besides, not all "good lyricism" means strict multiple rhyming, creative metaphors & similies etc, as "lyrics" means the substance, and if the substance is far from brainwashing, generic crap then whats to say it isn't brilliant lyricism? It depends on the listeners ability to understand where the artist is coming from, and their aim.
The Next Step is made up of 15 tracks and 1 skits. Now, there is not one weak track on the album, with "San Francisco Knights" being one of the best tracks ever to come from the West, period. The beat is just ridiculous! which just sums up the brilliance of PUTS. "Los Angeles Daze" is equally as brilliant, with a sample that will send shivers down your spine, and just make you reach for that rewind button! Tracks like "Mid City Fiesta" bring that funky, positive vibe that is definitely feel-good music but is far from a cheesy attempt. "Time to rock our sh*t" brings that typical backpacking fire! with Thes one & double k displaying their lyricial ability, over once again, a flawless beat that makes you think "why have I not heard of these cats before?". Featurings on the album, are limited, just like the old school. With natives Smile-oak, Assualt, Naimad & Shine dropping by for the ride, contributing their bit. People under the stairs just sum up everything still good about Hiphop, bringing that natural love that all fans of boom bap, old school, early-mid 90's and all of that other "true" hiphop will undoubtedly appreciate. PUTS are still broke as ever, and as slept on as ever, & it is your duty as a self-proclaimed hiphop fan to now pick up this album and everthing else by PUTS and support the best group still going, recognise. PEACE!!!

Also Check out: "Question in the form of an answer" (2000), OST (2002), "Or stay tuned EP" (2003) and their best "Stepfather" (2006)!

Lyrics - 9/10
Beats - 10/10
Originality - 10/10
Replay Value - 10/10
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hip-hop pawn-shop 16 Mar 2000
By Toby Huntington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One reason it won't get five stars from me? The awful gangsta pastiche that is "Death Of A Salesman" - complete with faux-gunfire. The rest is just wonderful. Thes One (principally rhymes) and Double K (turntables, although both do both, if you follow) were so confident in their ability as musicians and producers that they pawned all their equipment to make this album - sounds like they were entirely justified too. The "Domino's Pizza" skit makes me laugh every time, as does the ticket-booth woman in "Mid-City Fiesta". Funny, funky, raw and yet polished till it could blind you in the sun, The Next Step is certainly one in the right direction.
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