Lords Of The Underground


The Lords of the Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) is an American hip-hop trio based in Newark, New Jersey. The group is composed of Dupré Kelly (professionally known as DoItAll) (born January 14, 1971), Al'Terik Wardrick (professionally known as Mr. Funke) (born November 15, 1972) and Bruce A. Colston (professionally known as DJ Lord Jazz) (born November 20, 1968).


MCs Mr. Funke and DoItAll Dupré met DJ Lord Jazz (a native of Cleveland) when all three were undergraduates at Shaw University in North Carolina. A friend of Doitall's introduced the group to legendary producer Marley Marl, who invited them to record at his studio with help from K-Def. In 1990, Redman at the beginning of his career served as DJ for DoItAll of Lords of the Underground at Club Sensations in Newark, New Jersey.

The group released its debut album, Here Come the Lords, on March 9, 1993, on Pendulum/Elektra, with production handled by Marley Marl and K-Def. In 2013, the American magazine Spin added the album to its list of "The 50 Best Rap Albums from 1993". The album peaked at 66 on the Billboard 200 and featured five charting singles, including the group's signature song, "Chief Rocka". In 2015, Complex placed the song in 85th place on its list of "The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time".

By the end of 1993, the Lords had received an award from BET as best rap group of the year.

The group released its second album, Keepers of the Funk, on Pendulum/EMI, the following year on November 1, 1994. Keepers of the Funk peaked at 47 on the Billboard 200 and featured three charting singles, the most successful of which was "Tic Toc".

The group received negative criticism when it was implied in their 1995 single "Burn Rubber" that they condoned car-jacking. The group claims the song was created specifically for the soundtrack of the car-jacking movie New Jersey Drive.

They reunited for a third album with 1999's Resurrection. Released via Queen Latifah's Jersey Kidz imprint, it was so small-scale a release that few realized that it had been recorded at all. The Lords returned again in 2007 for a fourth album, titled House of Lords; like Resurrection, it failed to reach the Billboard charts.

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 the fates of several long-forgotten golden age rappers, the Lords were among those requested to appear. DoItAll Dupré performed eight bars on the track.

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. He also appeared on other TV shows: Law & Order as Two Tone, on Oz the HBO series, and on the Christmas episode of 30 Rock on NBC (2008).

He has also been in independent movies such as Somewhere in the City with Bai Ling, Rhyme & Reason, and with Treach of Naughty By Nature. He has also starred in an off Broadway play entitled Diss Diss & Diss Dat.

In 2012, the group first performed in Russia as part of the Hip-Hop Don't Stop event and the Soul City 2012 festival.

In 2017, DoItAll revealed he planned on running for Councilman-at-Large for his hometown of Newark. He started his campaign in 2018; although defeated in that year, he was elected on June 14, 2022, to represent the West Ward.

In 2020, Lords of the Underground released its comeback song "Insomniac", produced by Snowgoons. The track is the first single off So Legendary, the group's first album in over a decade. At the end of January, Lords of the Underground released a video for the song "Whats Up", recorded with Onyx, which was later released in a single for this song.


Studio albums

Compilation albums



External links

  • Lords of the Underground discography at Discogs
  • Lords of the Underground at AllMusic
  • Lords of the Underground at IMDb
  • Du Kelly at IMDb
  • Lords of the Underground at Billboard
  • Lords of the Underground at RapGenius
  • Lords of the Underground on Spotify
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Chief Rocka 1

Chief Rocka

Funky Child 2

Funky Child

Grave Digga 3

Grave Digga

Here Come the Lords 4

Here Come the Lords

Madd Skillz 5

Madd Skillz

Tic Toc 6

Tic Toc

Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time (Make It Funky) 7

Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time (Make It Funky)

Psycho 8


From Da Bricks 9

From Da Bricks

Keep It Underground 10

Keep It Underground

Top Albums

Here Come the Lords
Here Come the Lords
Keepers of the Funk
Keepers of the Funk
House Of Lords
House Of Lords


Log in to comment