Fans Mourn the Death of People Under the Stairs's Double K

Rapper Double K of the Los Angeles duo, People Under the Stairs, has died at the age of 43. The news of Double K's death first broke on Sunday.

Rapper Michael Turner aka Double K of People Under the Stairs

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Rapper Michael Turner aka Double K of People Under the Stairs

Rapper Double K of the Los Angeles duo, People Under the Stairs, has died at the age of 43.

The news of Double K's death (born Michael Turner) first broke on Sunday. At the time of this report, Turner's cause of death has not been revealed. But his passing was confirmed through several social media tributes from close friends and collaborators. 

Double K connected with his partner, Christopher "The Ones" Portugal, in 1997. The following year, they released their debut project, The Next Step. Since then, they created 15 albums and three compilation albums consisting of music that didn't make their studio projects. In 2019, they decided to formally disband by releasing their final project, Sincerely, The P

During their career, People Under the Stairs was a staple in the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene. They worked with everyone from George Clinton to Jurassic 5 and Hieroglyphics. They also had a hand in inspiring younger legendary acts like Mac Miller.

"It’s professional underground," Double K said when explaining the group's style and decision to only use a turntable and mixer when producing instrumentals. "No matter what we use, we’re never more than a step away from two turntables and a microphone. It’s homemade funk."

After learning of Double K's death, fans eulogized the underground hero on social media. Read the tweets below.

Hell naw say it ain’t so about our good dude Double K of PUTS 😢

— Rebels To The Grain (@ReblsToTheGrain) January 31, 2021

RIP Double K. Was just listening to People Under the Stairs last night.

— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) January 31, 2021

Damn.... RIP Double K. Never knew the PUTS guys personally, but it felt like there was a concurrent thing happening on the west coast to the Jux/Fondle em/RSE thing, and they were in the middle of it. Condolences to Thes One.

— RJD2 (@rjd2) January 31, 2021

Double K of People Under the Stairs passed away this evening. In addition to rapping, he co-produced the group's music with groupmate Thes One which was extremely influential in the West Coast's underground scene.

RIP Double K.

— Ruben || Check the Rhyme (@checktherhyme1_) January 31, 2021

Rest in power big bro Mike aka Double K of the Mighty @puts 🕊🤍
Thankyou for the incredible music and unforgettable memories 👑 #Puts #DoubleK #PeopleUnderTheStairs

— Skunkadelic (@Skunkadelicuk) January 31, 2021

RIP Double K 🙏🏽
People Under The Stairs will always be one of my favorite hip hop duos.

— ngxv (@NiceGuyxVinny) January 31, 2021

“Just let the music take over my soul, body and mind
To kick back relax one time and you goin find
I try to keep it stress free take everyday at a time
Make sure the families in place and let the music unwind”

RIP Double K ❤️🎶❤️

— Ninja Kitteh 🥷🐈‍⬛ (@_apocaloptimist) January 31, 2021

RIP Double K

— Del Soulcondor ( SOULCONDOR SLICES ) (@DelSoulcondor) January 31, 2021

Rest In Peace to #DoubleK from #PeopleUnderTheStairs. Just saw the sad news that homie has transitioned. Thank you for your service King 👑. Yet another reminder at how precious life is. Please show appreciation & give roses to your peoples while they’re still here to enjoy them.

— DJ Wicked (@djwicked) January 31, 2021

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