Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: Like Tribe Called Quest? How about Pharcyde? Then you MUST hear the flowing, laid-back rhymes and sampled beats of this duo -- one of the best acts in hip-hop's underground.
You should know: For P.U.T.S.' latest album, Fun DMC, the boys captured the real L.A. -- taking mics around town to record the sounds of house parties, planes flying overhead, and ice cream truck jingles.
LISTEN: People Under the Stairs, "The Wiz"
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »