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The Lords of the Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) is a hip-hop trio based in 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[citation needed]. Fellow New Jersey rapper Redman served as one of the group's early DJ's.

Lords of the Underground
OriginNewark, New Jersey
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–present
LabelsPendulum Records, Jersey Kidz Records
Mr. Funke
DJ Lord Jazz

The group released their debut album, Here Come the Lords on March 9, 1993 with production handled by Marley Marl and K-Def. The album peaked at 66 on the Billboard 200 and featured five charting singles, including the group's signature song, "Chief Rocka".

The group released their second album, Keepers of the Funk 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". As stated in a 2013 interview, the group had never disbanded.

They reunited for a third album with 1999's Resurrection. Released via Queen Latifah's Jersey Kidz imprint, was so small-scale a release that few realized it had been recorded. The Lords returned again in 2007 for a fourth album entitled House of Lords, but 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 of 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 2017, DoItAll revealed he planned on running for Councilman at Large for his hometown of Newark.[1] He started his campaign in 2018, and despite not winning a seat still plans to help the city.[2]



Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B
1993 Here Come the Lords
  • Released: March 9, 1993
  • Label: Pendulum
66 13
1994 Keepers of the Funk
  • Released: November 1, 1994
  • Label: Pendulum
57 16
1999 Resurrection
  • Released: April 20, 1999
  • Label: Jersey Kidz
175 42
2007 House of Lords
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Label: Affluent
2014 Lotug 20: The 20th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1
  • Released: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Pirate Recordings, Inc.


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1992 "Psycho" 17 Here Come the Lords
1993 "Chief Rocka" 55 35 1
"Funky Child" 74 52 2
"Here Come the Lords" 93 67 18
1994 "Flow On" 36
1994 "Tic Toc" 73 52 17 Keepers of the Funk
1995 "What I'm After" 111 42
"Faith" 49


  1. ^ Yi, Karen. "Hip hop artist Dupre 'Doitall' Kelly to run for Newark City Council". Advance Local Media, LLC. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  2. ^ Faces, Manny. "Despite political setback, Dupré Kelly still plans to 'DoItAll' for Newark". Micropolis Multimedia, LLC. Retrieved 2018-11-03.

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