Lords of the Underground

Lords of the Underground

Infobox musical artist
Name = Lords of the Underground

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Background = group_or_band
Alias = The Lords L.O.T.U.G.
Origin = Newark, New Jersey Raleigh, North Carolina
Genre = Underground Rap Conscious Rap Hardcore rap
Years_active = 1990 - 1994 1999- Present
Label = Pendulum Records Jersey Kidz Records
Associated_acts = Marley Marl K-Def Pete Rock
Current_members = DoItAll Mr. Funke DJ Lord Jazz
The 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 DJ Lord 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 video for "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 remixed their 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 Television in 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.

Gangster posturing was rhetorically referenced, but never outright indulged in, by the group, except on their 1995 single "Burn Rubber", which took a cavalier pro-carjacking attitude 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 gangsterism was half-hearted, they were one of a number of groups lost in the shuffle when gangsta rap became 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 Brat made an appearance on it.

The Lords are best remembered in connection with the golden age of hip hop. As such, when Nas decided in 2007 to do a remix of 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-Schnickens and 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".


*"Here Come the Lords" (1993)
*"Keepers of the Funk" (1994)
*"Resurrection" (1999)
*"House of Lords" (2007)

External links

* [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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