Carried Away (People Under the Stairs album)
|Studio album by People Under the Stairs|
|Released||October 13, 2009|
|Recorded||2009, Los Angeles, California|
|Length||59:53 (CD), 65:13 (LP)|
|Producer||Thes One, Double K|
|People Under the Stairs chronology|
12" LP Record cover
Carried Away is the seventh album by the People Under the Stairs, and it marked both a return to Om Records and a revisiting of the Golden age hip hop sound that they had used in their last records with Om.
Feeling inspired by their touring success, the group immediately returned to the studio following their Bonaroo concert to begin recording more tracks. Due to a production backlog, Gold Dust Media would be unable to release a follow-up album to Fun DMC with the speed the group had hoped for, so PUTS made a return to the Om Records label for Carried Away. Om also offered the group extra incentives, including obtaining licensing from Colt 45 to use their branding and Billy Dee Williams' image on PUTS' first 7-inch single from the new album, "Beer". PUTS also teamed with the Vans shoe company to produce a limited-edition skate deck and a remix contest for the song "Hit The Top".
CD copies of the album included a lanyard tag to wear at shows for free merchandise, and the vinyl copies of the album included two bonus tracks. Om also offered a "deluxe" preorder that included both formats of the album, the skateboard deck and the "Beer" single.
Carried Away debuted at #5 on the iTunes hip hop charts and was featured by iTunes, who noted: "As usual with PUTS, Carried Away is a self-contained effort with no guest producers or MC cameos, just entertaining rhymes and straightforward beatwork dotted with well-placed samples meant to delight hip-hop purists everywhere." The album also debuted on Billboard's "Heatseeker" Chart at #23. The Onion AV club review, in a positive review, noted that "Carried Away proves that Thes One and Double K will be pumping out sunny, laid-back party anthems long after the Internet memes grow stale".
Though demand to tour the US following the release of Carried Away was strong, PUTS embarked on another world tour following the release of Carried Away, determined to visit areas they had not been in previously, such as Brazil and then the southern cape of Africa.
All songs written by Christopher "Thes One" Portugal and Michael "Double K" Turner.
|2.||"Much Too Much"||3:40|
|3.||"Hit The Top"||3:50|
|5.||"Trippin' At The Disco"||4:12|
|6.||"80 Blocks From Silverlake"||4:02|
|8.||"Come On, Let's Get High"||4:56|
|9.||"Check The Vibe"||3:31|
|10.||"Letter From The Old School"||2:17|
|12.||"Down In LA"||4:03|
|13.||"My Boy D"||4:01|
Additional tracks (exclusive to double-LP release):
- "Lutherfest" (1:07) - located between "DQMOT" and "Down in LA"
- "All Good Things" (4:36) - located between "Chicken Kebap" and "Carried Away" (the interlude following "Chicken Kebap" on the CD is located after "All Good Things" on the LP)
- Carried Away (People Under the Stairs album) at AllMusic
- PopMatters review
- Presenters: KB and Murdoch (2009-10-13). "People Under The Stairs interview". Subsoniq Radio. XM Satellite Radio.
- Hissam, Gunnar (2009-10-29). "Free PUTS and Billy Dee Williams 'Beer' (Colt 45") with purchase of 'Carried Away' 2xLP". Om Records. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
- g.win (2009-12-16). "Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $100 Bucks!". Om Records. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
- iTunes review of "Carried Away"
-  "Billboard Chart History for Carried Away"
-  "The Onion AV club reviews Carried Away"
- "Live in Cape Town, Africa 2009" on YouTube
- Official People Under The Stairs Website
- Official Carried Away lyrics page on The Point of the Rhyme