Double K, who is better known as one-half of the underground Los Angeles hip hop duo People Under the Stairs, has died. He was 43.
News of the rapper’s death was confirmed by his friends on social media on Sunday (January 30), Pitchfork reported. According to DJ Mark Luv, Double K—whose real name is Michael Turner—passed away “peacefully in his sleep” in his LA home. A cause of the death has yet to be revealed.
In an Instagram video, Luv recalled how Turner and his wife helped him when he was homeless, adding that he will forever be grateful for their kindness. Watch it below.
Double K formed People Under the Stairs with Thes One (aka Christopher Portugal) in the late ’90s. In 1998, they went on to release their debut album, The Next Step, which included one of their most popular songs to date, “San Francisco Knights.” Up until their break-up three years ago, PUTS had released a total of 12 albums over the course of two decades. Their final LP, Sincerely, the P, arrived in 2019.
Following news of Turner’s passing, several hip hop acts, including The Roots’ Questlove, have paid tribute to the late PUTS member on social media. “I remember teasing @blowMTVapps aka DOUBLE K first time I met him for wasting that Sade sample on the ‘Slow Bullet’ interlude on the Next Step LP. Such a good dude,” he wrote.
“Celebrate his legacy & blast People Under The Stairs—keepers of the torch Rest In Beats Double K,” Questlove continued. “Thank you for your service.”
Other artists including Psalm One, Immortal Technique and Open Mike Eagle also paid tribute. Read them below.
Not Double K. What a dope persona and artist. One of my first big national tours PUTS was gracious enough to take me out. Double K was a fucking west coast pioneer. This is tough. Prayers up for K, his family, and Thes.
REST IN POWER DOUBLE K 😔 pic.twitter.com/nPXjRM2xkC
— PSALM ONE 👩🏾🔬 (@PsalmOne) January 31, 2021
Rest in Power Double K. pic.twitter.com/lIe9VaSXs7
— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) January 31, 2021
damn rip double K
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) January 31, 2021
RIP, Double K. Listen to People Under the Stairs’ final album Sincerely, the P here: