Sunday, April 8, 2007

Lords of the Underground

Lords of the Underground are one of the illest rap groups of all time. They had MCs Do It All & Mr. Funkee, and DJ Lord Jazz on the 1s & 2s. They had production from the legendary Marley Marl, as well as K-Def. The MCs are from Newark, NJ, & Lord Jazz is from Cleveland.

They had the classic album in 1993 "Here Come The Lords". I played the crap out of that album, such that even today I could probably recite you half the verses. Every track is good. This album is slept on and should be included in the historical top album lists.

Chief Rocka. Check fellow Newark representative Redman in the video, as well as Marley Marl.

Here Come The Lords

The next year they followed up with another excellent album "Keepers of the Funk".

Tic Toc

What I'm After

In 1999 they had a disappointing album "Resurrection" with different types of beats and rhyme style from Mr.Funkee.

According to their myspace & this site they've been touring in Europe and are working on a 4th album. I hope it will be great & they garner some new fans that subsequently check for their great first 2 albums. I doubt they will get any mainstream radio play, but nowadays indie artist can get heard by real rap fans if they make a quality album, thanks to sites like HHB.

Here's some reasons why LOTUG was so unique & great:
1 Heavy use of horns - saxophone, trumpet, etc. I can't recall any other rap artist using so many horns in their beats, this made their beats very unique and great.

2 Spastic rhyme steelo. Do It All & Mr. Funkee made their energetic beats even more hyper with their fast-raping passionate hyper steez. Check all the crazy hand gestures in the videos. LOTUG music is like audio caffeine, you get amped listening to it. "Funky Child" (unfortunately video not avail on youtube) has to be one of the most hyper songs of all time, perhaps tied with Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah". In fact, I am selecting Do It All & Mr. Funkee here as the inaugural inductees in my hyper HOF (hall of fame).

3 Unique voice. Mr. Funkee has a unique high-pitch voice. Unlike many lame annoying high-pitched voice MCs like Little Wayne, Funkee's voice was ill. Do It All also had a unique voice.

4 DJ scratching. Currently only a few artists such as Dilated Peoples use
extensive DJ scratching. DJ Lord Jazz was nice with the turntables.

5 Comedy in lyrics. Like DJ scratching, this is kind of an endangered attribute in current rap. Funkee said
"once I get up on the mic
guarantee satisfaction
make you want to scream 'hee hee'
like Michael Jackson"

6. passion for rap. These dudes are hip-hop incarnate, no KRS-1 fake religion. Check Funkee's verse on "Chief Rocka"
"I hear a beat I grab the mic, and then I start this workin
The kids around the way used to think that I was buggin
But they don't understand how I feel about the funk
I walk with the funk, I talk with the funk
I eat with the funk, I sleep with the funk
I live for the funk, I'll die for the funk
So now what do they say, when I'm walkin up the block?
Boom shaka laka there goes the Chief Rocka"

LOTUG is ill - go listen to their first 2 albums


BELIZE said...

Music works, loads a lil slow, but its str8 though

Good post above by the way

I Fux said...

Ya its working now, it loaded quickly on my Mac but the work cpu is a pc......Ima try to post some new shit I got

Dallas said...

good post. Lords Of The Underground were part of the rap music niche I call 'Shout Rap'. These were the crews that had multiple members and everyone would shout the rhyme word in unison.

Naughty by Nature
Leaders of the New
Das Efx

It's cool you dig the LOTUG horn samples but show some effing respect to Public Enemy's Bomb Squad. Before lawyers were embedded in the rap game to sniff out samples Bomb Squad might use over 30 samples to create one track.

In this day and age of sample clearance you wouldn't be able to clear a single song of classic Bomb Squad production.


Also, when you leave a comment at DP Dot Com make sure that you leave your URL so that someone can click over to your site.

I Fux said...

Yo NBM ..............I finally listened to the Little Brother Mick Boogie Mixtape thoroughly and I will tell you that I am feeling the album. It plays almost like an actuall album.........My Personal Favorite was the track that Phonte was talking about working in Retail most of us can relate to that shit

elgringocolombiano said...

^Sup Fux. I glad you like it. That retail track is hillarious ala Chappelle/Menica. "don't try to talk me down brotha, this is ain't Calcutta" LOL.

Phonte has so many ill verses on there also.

Make sure you rate it on RYM if you get a chance