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.
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Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »