NEWARK, NJ - This year Lords of the Underground kicked off the 25th anniversary celebration of their debut album Here Come The Lords by headlining Hip Hop Day at the 13th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival this past July. Special guests included Flipmode Squad/Outsidaz MCs Rah Digga, Grammy nominated Treach of Naughty By Nature and legendary ‘80s rap superstar Kangol Kid (U.T.F.O).
Lincoln Park Music Festival, Newark Symphony Hall and Jerry’s Vodka hosted the official 25th anniversary of LOTUG Hip Hop Day after party on Sunday where surprise performances included a pop-up by Leah Jenea of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ The Four on Fox. To mark their silver anniversary, Lords of the Underground were given proclamations from the City of Newark, NJ at the after party. MC Dupré “DoItAll” Kelly stated, “Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, one of my dreams was to become successful as a Hip Hop star. That was achieved with the success of our group Lords Of The Underground and our debut album entitled Here Come The Lords. Twenty-five years later it was a honor to be celebrated by Lincoln Park Music Festival, the fans and the City of Newark.”
Known for lively lyrics, hard hitting, funk-infused beats and classic samples, the debut album Here Come The Lords was produced by the legendary Marley Marl and his protégé K Def who also joined the celebration at Lincoln Park Music Festival. “Lords 25th anniversary had me in total amazement,” said K Def. “There were so many people from all over in one place showing love for the culture of hip hop and Lords. It brought back a lot of great memories of dealing with my old crew, the legend Marley Marl and the Lords Of The Underground. Blessed to have been apart of that.” Five of the album’s singles charted on Billboard including Here Come The Lords, Funky Child and the iconic Chief Rocka, a mainstay on any Hip Hop mixshow playlist since it dropped over 25 years ago. Chief Rocka was then sampled and formed the basis of another Hip Hop classic, Notorious BIG’s Machine Gun Funk.
MC Al-Terik “Mr. Funke” Wardrick said, “To be honored by the city I was raised in, for what we do is all anyone could ever ask for. Thank you to the City of Newark, Mayor Baraka and the Lincoln Park Cultural Coast District Organization for everything. What a memorable night.”
Newark’s “adopted son” Anthony "DJ Lord Jazz" Colston, the sole member not from New Jersey added, “It was an honor and definitely a blessing to come back to Newark, New Jersey, the city that adopted me from Cleveland, Ohio. The crowd was amazing, just like the sold out shows in Europe that we do. I count it all joy.”
Anthony Smith, Executive Director of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District stated, “To honor one of Newark’s own on our stage, who has given so much hope to our youth and instilled so much pride the City of Newark for more than twenty-five years, is what Lincoln Park Music Festival is all about. Providing a platform for unsung legends in arts and culture to get their accolades while simultaneously nurturing the next generation Lords Of The Undergrounds, Queen Latfiahs, Redmans and Naughtys is in alignment with our mission. We uplift the community through arts and culture and we are thankful that the Lords Of The Underground chose to celebrate with us.”
For 25 years, Lords Of The Underground has never disbanded. With 5 million albums sold worldwide, consistent touring now has Lords with 3,500 shows under their belt, making them one of the best live Hip Hop concerts to see. Today Lords still sell out overseas and continue to perform on festival stages around the world. One of the most recognizable Hip Hop horn samples ever, Chief Rocka continues to tear up the airwaves. More recently Chief Rocka was an inspiration behind French Montana’s 2011 hit Shot Caller, which gave the track an instant classic feel. Here Come The Lords on vinyl has become a Hip Hop head’s rare collector’s item.
When not touring as a group, each member has successfully carved their own lane and sound. Al-Terik “Mr. Funke” Wardrick lives in Paris, France and recently dropped his first solo album Deus Ex Machina Part 1. Anthony "DJ Lord Jazz" Colston lives between Paris, France and Florida and is an active DJ/Producer. Holding down LOTUG stateside, Dupré “DoItAll” Kelly has appeared on television (Law & Order, 30 Rock, HBO's Soprano's, OZ); produced and starred in indie films (Zoo The Movie and Somewhere In The City); launched 211 Community Impact, a non-profit that has become a staple in the community of Newark, NJ by focusing on literacy and stimulating community-based issues that foster change through actions that challenge public policies; and most recently ran for Councilman-At-Large in his hometown of Newark, NJ. Kelly has served as a producer and on the advisory council for Hip Hop music and youth culture to the Lincoln Park Music Festival and donated his time to many other community based organizations. Dupré “DoItAll” Kelly continued his community service with 211 Community Impact’s 2nd “Bury The Violence and Anger” anti-violence mental health and trauma awareness event on September 30th, 2018 which brought citizens, clergy and stakeholders together to find solutions in the community around the issue of street violence and youth. The day-long event and rally was be held in Lincoln Park. In November, Kelly starts production on the socially conscious indie film Fighting To Be Dad.
About Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (Non-Profit, 501c3)
The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD) is a non-profit organization actively engaged in the practice of creative place-making. Its mission to plan, design and develop a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of downtown Newark. Once dominated by dilapidated buildings and vacant lots, the neighborhood is being transformed through LPCCD’s efforts into a “sustainable” arts and cultural district. This redevelopment includes “green” mixed-income housing, an annual music festival and historic preservation projects. LPCCD has completed more than 100 units of housing, and has provided new housing and employment opportunities for a diverse population. LPCCD is well on its way to creating a fully productive, mixed-use neighborhood. LPCCD’s two main arts & culture programs are the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival and Lincoln Park Music Speaks.