of the Underground -
Interview : DoItAll:
Return of the Funk
Interview conducted by: Todd Davis
As protégés of uber-producer,
Marley Marl, the Lords of the Underground, comprised of emcees; Mr. Funke
and DoItAll Dupre, along with DJ Lord Jazz, made their much heralded
musical debut with their, now, classic LP, Here Come The Lords . Fueled
by the sets monster hit release, Chief Rocka, a track that
single-handedly propelled the Newark, New Jersey trio into an elite class,
Here Come The Lords was a definite defining moment in Hip-Hop history. Nearly
fourteen long years, and two additional albums, including their lackluster
99 reunion record, Resurrection, later, and the L.O.T.U.G. are back!!
Rap Industry recently spoke with one third of the crew, DoItAll, a.k.a. Du
Kelly, on the eve of the release of their brand new magnum opus, House of
Lets just jump right into
this new L.O.T.U.G. project -- You titled the record, House of Lords, how
This is Lords fourth LP, and the title being House of
Lords we are showing our fans, and fans of Hip-Hop, where and how Hip-Hop
lives, acts, (and) what it sounds like in the House of the Lords of the Underground.
For someone, like my-self, who
has yet to hear House of Lords -- Whats to be expected?
know, Lords never did too many cameos on our albums, maybe on a remix or something,
but the (new) album does feature a songstress by the name of Jannyse, who
sings on the new Styles P album, and the last DMX album. She's from Philly.
We also have Nancy N., who did background on our song English Ma.
On the production side, we worked with Marley Marl (again), who I would like
to say, Take it easy, Big Homie!! He recently had a heart attack,
but is doing great now. We worked with our (deejay), Lord Jazz, and one of
his young producers from North Carolina, name Reg. We also worked with Wyclef's
brother, Sedeck Jean, and a new, up and coming sensation, down with Lord Gang,
out of Chicago, Chicago Rise. He (is) also on the hook of Certified.
Funk also co-produced English Ma. Some other producers are; The
Are, Josh Beatz, Epic, (and) Lord Gang producers, The Lounge Lizzards from
Why did you opt to take such
a lengthy hiatus from music in the first place?
At the time Lords of the Underground took our break from music, we were dealing
with a lot of business issues so we decided to branch off and create other
opportunities individually, and then return to form Voltron.
What exactly have you
been doing professionally
in your time off?
a group, we have not stopped doing music (ever). We have (just) been overseas
touring, recording, and exploring other opportunities in and out of the entertainment
Well, fresh on the heels of
your solid, but commercially underwhelming, Resurrection, CD, there were talks
of a L.O.T.U.G. break-up with each member leaving to pursue individual solo
endeavors -- Was there any truth to said rumor?
never disbanded at all. Lords has never broke-up, or stopped being a group!!
We never broke up, but there was two solo albums from myself. One called,
The Eleventh Hour: Now or Never, and DJ Lord Jazz presents: Heart Beat of
the Ghetto Featuring DoItAll Du Kelly Vol. 1.
Tell me your whole inception
into music -- How did it all begin for you?
D.I.A.: For (me), it started
back when I was real young, and my uncle used to live with us after he got
of the Army. He brought home a Rappers Delight single, and
I couldn't stop listening to it. That's when I first fell in love with Hip-Hop.
My moms used to sing, so I would always hear her playing and singing the hot
R&B, Soul, and Funk records that were out.
You all are natives of Newark, NJ, correct?? So, growing up, who were some
of your strongest musical influences?
I am, as well as Mr. Funk Man. We are both Newark, New Jersey natives. Lord
Jazz is originally from Cleveland. My influences early on were; Stevie Wonder,
Sam Cooke, James Brown, Run from Run DMC, LL Cool J, TLA Rock, Rakim, Big
Daddy Kane, and rappers from my hood who never got a chance to make it.
At what point did you decide
that you wanted to pursue music on a professional basis?
D.I.A.: When Redman and
I formed a group, he was my deejay and we used to win all the local talent
How then did you hook up with, future, group-mates, Mr. Funke & DJ
Lord Jazz, and eventually form the Lords of the Underground?
all met in North Carolina at Shaw University which we attended. DJ Lord Jazz
was on the college radio station, and one of his friends that was in school
about to graduate, Dereck Jackson, who is also now Scott Storchs manager,
said he could get Jazz hooked up with his cousin, Marley Marl. Jazz hooked
me up with Funk, and the rest is history.
How did the name the Lords of the Underground come to fruition?
The name Lords of the Underground actually came from the homie,
Tragedy Khadafi, (or) Intelligent Hoodlum (as he was known then). We were
about to call ourselves NJ Funk, until Trag said he was a Lord of the Underground
in a freestyle. Marley heard it and said, That's your guys name,
and we were like, Yeah, it fits us!!
Describe for me the groups overall vibe?
D.I.A.: The music Lords
make can always be described as Hip-Hop!! We make fun, feel-good, informative,
crowd rockin music.
What has been the ultimate key
to the success of the Lords of the Underground?
longevity comes from not chasing the same ol' thing, but never giving up on
our passion. When we say we love Hip-Hop, we really do. We try and capitalize
off the opportunities that present it-self from the things we do. If we were
coming out trying to be the best rap group or to do what someone else is doing
just to copy them because of their success, this would never work. We could
have stayed gone.
Do you all have any other aspirations,
maybe even outside of music altogether?
have been doing the acting thing real heavy for the past couple of years.
I did the final episode of the Sopranos, Law & Order, OZ, New York Undercover,
movie Durdy Game, Cash Rules with Treach and J.D. Williams from the Wire,
I also own a viral network branding and mass media company called
Lord Gang Worldwide, which is ran by my homie, Blk Sun.
Would it be fair to say that
you are happy with the current state of Hip-Hop music?
D.I.A.: I am happy that
Hip-Hop is growing everyday, but I wish that the artist, the ones who are
not doing it, help create positive things for the culture and help build it
up in a positive way rather than tearing it down. For some of us it is all
What is the one thing that most
people may not know about you?
D.I.A.: They hear me screaming,
acting silly, and having fun on records, or in videos on TV, but I am really
a laid back dude who likes photography on the low -- I always have a camera
What is a typical day like in
the like of DoItAll Dupre?
D.I.A.: Watching CEO Exchange,
playing Madden or NBA Live, on My Space, www.myspace.com/doitall, vacationing,
visiting friends in the south of France, or making a movie. You all can also
check for me as a host of the EBC Games on ESPN2 with Mike Bivins of New Edition
fame and BBD. I am also director of A&R for his new label, Sporty Rich.
To date what has been your biggest
D.I.A.: My biggest highlight
has to be being able to buy my moms a house, and get us out the hood. Then,
probably seeing how happy my grandma was when she used to see me on TV before
Looking ahead, say,
5, or even 10, years from now, where do you see yourself?
D.I.A.: In five years,
I see myself and my company, Lord Gang Worldwide, as a Fortune 500 company.
In ten years, I see Lord Gang Worldwide as a billion dollar company, creating
and helping smaller companies become millionaires.
As for the immediate future,
what's next for you -- Has the first single been selected yet?
Album, House of Lords,
scheduled for release when?
have three records floating around right now. We call it, THE RETURN
OF THE MAXI-SINGLE -- The Clinic, I Love Hip-Hop,
(and) What Is A MCee?. The album is coming out on Affluent Records/L.O.T.U.G.
Music distributed by Red Eye Distribution. We also are releasing a tour DVD
that we shot on our 2006 tour of Europe called Still L.O.T.U.G.
Any plans to take the L.O.T.U.G. show out on the road anytime soon?
D.I.A.: Yes, we start (the)
tour, The House of Lords, on August 29 or 30th, with special guest(s) Das
EFX, and others.
For someone who hasn't experienced
you all live, what would you tell them can be expected?
D.I.A.: Live, Fun, Action
Any parting words?
D.I.A.: Thanks to all the
fans that has ever supported Lords of the Underground, and thank you to the
new listeners who are giving us their time to enjoy our Hip-Hop. Look out
for me on ESPN2 EBC Games, hosted by Mike Bivins and Myself -- The Cash Rules
movie (too) with Treach, J.D. Williams, Mr. Cheeks, etcetera. Also, Lord Gang
Worldwide, we are involved in numerous situations, so just recognize the name.
We are also in the studio with 9th Wonder working on (what) will probably
be The Lords last album as a group called Adult Contemporary Hip-Hop.
Last but not least, go out, download, or whatever, just cop the new Lords
of the Underground album called House of Lords!! LG'z Up!!