What was Double K's net worth at the time of his death? A look at People Under the Stairs hip-hop rapper’s legacy
'People Under the Stairs' was formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2019
Double K, an acclaimed rapper of American hip-hop group 'People Under the Stairs', shot to fame with the group reaching prominence. The artiste reportedly died under unknown circumstances and his followers mourned his passing on social media early on Sunday, January 31, 2021. He was 43.
Mike Turner aka Double K started sampling ‘beats’ in 1997 before meeting Thes One, aka Chris Portugal, and formed the American hip-hop duo ‘People Under The Stairs'. They released ‘Next Step’ as their first project in 1998 and changed the definition of American rap. The hip-hop group was formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2019. After his death at 43, fans paid tribute to the musician and called him a “central angel”.
Known as one of the most historic legends of American hip-hop, Double K had done a number of shows with Thes One ll across the world, touring over six continents and 40 countries. Along with their crowd-capturing live concerts, the hip-hop duo has released nine full-length LP’s and also charted in Billboard music a number of times.
Also popular as “the P” and “PUTS,” the duo once clarified that they did not get their moniker from the 1991 Wes Craven horror film of the same name. In fact, the two said they hadn't even heard of the movie. Their iconic track ‘Stepfather’ debuted at #32 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart and #35 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
What was Double K's net worth?
Speaking of the high cost of music and a custom console that takes more than $50,000 to make, 'People Under The Stair' producer Thes One once stated, “Anytime someone has to make money off of the music industry to keep from getting in credit trouble, well, I think you’re headed for desperate trouble, or at least the old sellout. I worked my way up to owning and even being able to appreciate that, from cassette 8-tracks to ADATs to tape to a Neve to the present setup. But like I said, it’s ultimately unnecessary. Keepin’ oneself debt free is the best way to stay creatively powerful and is more important than having fancy gear when it comes to making good music.”
While the exact net worth of Double K is not known, the rich gallery of music that the duo created and the worth of it speaking from the musical point of view, cannot be measured through numbers, experts believe. If Celebrity Talent is to be believed, the booking amount ranged between $15,000 to $24,999.
One of the constant themes of 'People Under the Stairs' has been its intentional avoidance of sociopolitical or activist themes, gangster rap, battle rap, and material wealth. Instead Double K and Thes One focussed on speaking about personal experiences and little pleasure of life, documentation of Los Angeles and the core lifestyle of it, video gaming, barbecues and food, recreational drug use (mostly beer and marijuana), and relaxing.
Although the two shared all responsibilities, Double K did most of the rapping and Thes One handled the production. The rapper was once quoted in their Om Records biography online: “No matter what we use, we’re never more than a step away from two turntables and a microphone. It’s homemade funk.”
Their self-contained aesthetic along with using an array of new beats, experimenting with electronic instrumentation will be a legacy of its own.