Rhythm Roulette with Thes One

Some groups in hip hop deservedly get their praise but we’ll always feel like it falls short of the deserved amount. One of those groups is People Under The Stairs. The beloved west coast duo of Thes One and Double K put out some of the smoothest music that will immediately put you in California on a sunny day regardless of your mood. Thes One not only handled production and mic duties, but he also organized their world tours, closed record deals, and co-founded an independent label Tres Records with Giant Panda’s Chikara Kurahashi. The man is a force to be reckoned with.

We visited Thes One in California for this episode of Rhythm Roulette to bring those warm vibes to you. He walked out of the record shop with Orquesta Conexion Latina, Joanna Gardner’s self-titled album, and the Modern Jazz Quartet’s The Sheriff. He gets right to work with his notepad and equipment, ripping various parts of Joanna’s songs for the ultimate lounge music creation. He didn’t expect to find anything on the “shitty” record but found the drums and melody strictly from Ms. Gardner. Thes One set out to only use parts of the records for his beat (no added outside drums) and he prevailed. Watch him craft your next morning-routine theme song above.

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