- Lords of the Underground
Infobox musical artist
Name = Lords of the Underground
Background = group_or_band
Alias = The Lords L.O.T.U.G.
Newark, New Jersey Raleigh, North Carolina
Underground Rap Conscious Rap Hardcore rap
1990- 1994 1999- Present
Label = Pendulum Records Jersey Kidz Records
Marley Marl K-Def Pete Rock
Current_members = DoItAll Mr. Funke DJ Lord JazzThe Lords of the Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) are a hip-hop trio based out of
Newark, New Jersey. MCs Mr. Funke and DoItAll Dupré met DJLord Jazz (a native of Cleveland) when all three were undergraduates at Shaw University.
The three are perhaps best remembered for the singles "Funky Child", "Chief Rocka" and "Tic Toc"; all of which were wildly eccentric manifestos. The
music videofor "Funky Child" features one of the group members parading around in a diaper.
Their chief producer was Marley Marl's protégé,
K-Def. Pete Rock remixedtheir songs "Flow On" and "Check It" in 1994 .
In their initial releases, their first two
albums "Here Come The Lords" (1993) and "Keepers of the Funk" (1994), earned them an award from Black Entertainment Televisionin 1993 . They collaborated with George Clinton; their second album's title track, which samples his work, features him in a cameo. The track is generally more abrasive and less conventionally tuneful in its instrumentation than most of their work. Gangsterposturing was rhetorically referenced, but never outright indulged in, by the group, except on their 1995 single "Burn Rubber", which took a cavalier pro- carjackingattitude and featured a line where Mr. Funke unapologetically said he'd "even jeopardize [his] friends" for the sake of a jacking. However, the song was recorded for and prominently featured in the Newark car-jacking film " New Jersey Drive," and can be seen as a reflection of that film's mentality, as well as the popularity of joyriding carjacks in that city in the 1990s, rather than an endorsement of violent crime. Because their dalliance in gangsterismwas half-hearted, they were one of a number of groups lost in the shuffle when gangsta rapbecame dominant.
Their reunion album "Resurrection" (1999), released via
Queen Latifah's Jersey Kidz imprint, was so small-scale a release that few realized it had been recorded. Da Bratmade an appearance on it.
The Lords are best remembered in connection with
the golden age of hip hop. As such, when Nasdecided in 2007 to do a remixof his song "Where Are They Now?" (which asked of the fates of several long-forgotten golden age rappers). The Lords were among those requested to appear. DoItAll Dupré performs eight bars on the track. The others featured include Positive K, Father MC, Rob Base, Redhead Kingpin, Monie Love, and members of Black Sheep, Salt-N-Pepa, Three Times Dope, the Jungle Brothers, the Fu-Schnickensand Das EFX.
DoItAll appeared briefly in the final scene of the final episode of "
The Sopranos" credited as Du Kelly, as one of a series of potentially ominous figures entering the diner.
Lords of the Underground also made a featured appearance on
Pete Rock's 2008 album " NY's Finest" on the track "The Best Secret".
* [http://www.thebaske.com/index.php?id=64&L=1 DJ Lord Jazz artist profile]
* [http://www.myspace.com/djlordjazzlotug DJ Lord Jazz at MySpace]
* [http://www.britishhiphop.co.uk/features/interviews/lords_of_the_underground.html LOTUG interview at britishhiphop.co.uk]
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