"The Year is 1971. Now comes the first of the children of Roton. Lords Of The Underground witness the birth of the funky child, DoItall hit em" - "Funky Child"
That was the sound blaring out of every street corner and radio station in 1993. You couldn't escape the sounds of The Lords Of The Underground. The Newark, New Jersey natives DoItall, Mr. Funky and Lord Jazz were introduced to the hip hop world by legendary producer Marley Marl, and the impact was huge to say the least. The Lords brought a unique style of creative lyricism, clever wordplay and funk filled production that catapulted them to the top.
The Lords debut album "Here Come The Lords" sparked a fire in the underground scene in 1993. It was in the summer of 1992 when The Lords dropped "Psycho", which soon turned into an underground classic. "Psycho" helped propel the hype for The Lords and one year later they dropped "Here Comes The Lords".
"Here Come The Lords" is filled with head nodding production done by Marley Marl and K-Def, along with two of the most original emcees the hip-hop world has ever seen, DoItall and Mr. Funky. Tracks such as "Here Come The Lords," "From Da Bricks" and "What's Going On" epitomize The Lords unique style and flair. On the infectious "Madd Skillz," DoItall proclaims "I got so many skills that their falling out my pocket." Along with his partner Mr. Funky, the two go back and forth trading lines, drawing comparisons to The Cold Crush Brothers and more recently Jurassic 5. On the storytelling enthused track "Sleep For Dinner;" both emcees spit humorous tales of their childhood years going to sleep hungry. Unfortunately, Mr. Funky spits a little too vividly his side of the story. "I couldn't even go up my nose and pick a winner, I had to sleep for dinner." The two-standout tracks on the album are the classic "Funky Child" and "Chief Rocka", both of which were two of the biggest hits of that year. Produced by Marley and K-Def, both tracks symbolize classic LOTUG material that helped propel their careers to the next level.
Throughout the album, one aspect stands above all others, Marley Marl's production. Marley's production remains timeless and is still as influential and ground breaking today as it was in '93. And while both DoItall & Mr. Funky were entertaining emcees in their own right, without Marley's behind the boards, the outcome wouldn't have been the same.
Overall, "Here Come The Lords" epitomizes what a hip-hop album should sound like. It's not about money, cars or portraying a gangster like image. It's about having fun and representing hip-hop to the fullest. The Lords accomplish this and do it without compromising their style one bit. What makes The Lords stand apart from the rest of the hip hop world is their energy and charisma on the mic. Along with Marley and K-Def's beautifully crafted production it becomes a classic combination. "Here Come The Lords" is an album that no hip-hop enthusiasts should be without. The Lords take you on a funk filled ride that leaves the listener mesmerized from beginning to end.