Known for their amazing live show the People Under The Stairs hit Colorado’s Boulder neighborhood with one thing in mind: bringing the sounds of their most recent release to their loyal fans. And to this end, they did not disappoint.
Playful, back-and-forth rhymes, bolstered by high energy, live deejaying—Double K did dual duty behind the turntables and the microphone, and a healthy helping of both vintage and new music, plus the old school vibe provided by their latest production efforts, made the PUTS ticket one of the best to come through the Fox this year. Especially entertaining was the staging of the classic cut “San Francisco Nights,” which the duo played as their encore smash; Thes One all duded up in his “good hair” and best late sixties, northern California garb.
Opening the show with little fanfare, PUTS got straight down to business with hits from their current record, Stepfather. As the crowd got more relaxed they dropped in some old faves, keeping the proceedings moving. The group continued partying with the loyal mix for just over an hour.
Prior to the awesome PUTS set, newcomer (and recent Rhymesayers signee) Psalm One, a female MC out of the Chicago, let the early birds in on one of the rap games best kept secrets. After getting serious about her craft in early 2000, this tour was the first time she got to really flex what she’s made of. Since you already know the Rhymesayers track record, you know this will be one femme to keep your eyes on! Afterwards, the live band experience of the Gym Class Heroes let loose with their brand of funk. They rocked the house for a good forty minutes plus, with better known and lesser known mental musings. The conversation about the ex-girlfriend and the pet dog was truly a highlight, as was the last song of their set; a wonderful ditty about the Mars/Venus condition. Based on this outing, GCH will soon be headlining a tour of their own.
All in all, this amounted to what a rap show should aspire to. Good music, few gimmicks, and a night you’ll talk with your friends about repeatedly.