As a hip-hop fan growing up in The Bronx, I was grateful for my world full of quality music, with public access, cable (when videos played on a constant basis) and radio stations providing limited glimpses of hip-hop scenes in other cities. Now living on the West Coast, discovering the underground scene here has been a treasure trove. Attending the Back 2 Basics Fest a few weeks ago, I saw People Under the Stairs (Thes One and Double K) live and was blown away. Repping LA to the fullest with their ying-yang flows, they’ve put together an impressive career of eight albums, got immortalized on “The Simpsons”, performed over 1,000 shows on six continents including Bonnaroo where SPIN called their performance at the festival “simply the best performance of Friday…period”.
Blessed to get the opportunity to speak with Thes One, we talked about his career, his influences, being a Latino rapper, his record label, their great videos, underrated artists and more. Peep the videos and interview soundclips and follow People Under The Stairs on Twitter and like them on Facebook for more album and tour info!