Lords Of The Underground’s DoItAll To Run For Newark Councilman Seat
In the early 1990s, Lords Of The Underground released several successful and acclaimed Hip-Hop albums. DoItAll (aka Dupre Kelly) supplied much of the lyrics of the Newark, New Jersey trio that also included Mr. Funke and DJ Lord Jazz. Teaming up with legendary producer Marley Marl and K-Def, the Pendulum Records artists made hits such as “Chief Rocka,” “Funky Child,” and “Here Come The Lords.”
The group has remained in tact, releasing music in the last decade. DoItAll appeared on one sanctioned remix to Nas’ “Where Are They Now?” However, the early musical partner of Redman is very much around and looking to be a chief in the political realm. He aims to be a councilman at large in Brick City. “As a councilman, I will utilize my years in the entertainment business to expand our arts and cultural industry in Newark to hire more, to empower more, to do more for our great city,” Du told PIX 11 this week while standing in front of his childhood home. He currently works in non-profit (211 Community Impact), and runs a company (211 Media Group). He has appeared as an actor in Oz, The Sopranos, 30 Rock, and Law & Order.
In his speech, the MC/actor urged equal development across Newark, at a time when the city is gentrifying. “I’m running for every ward, every ward that feels they’ve been walled off from the rest of the city.” The election will be held May 8, 2018.
Other Hip-Hop artists who have run for political office include 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke (aka Luther Campbell), Rhymefest (aka Che Smith), and in Haiti, fellow Jersey representative Wyclef Jean of The Fugees.
Last year, DoItAll released Beats And Rhymes, Vol. 1. That project features fellow Garden State MCs such as El Da Sensei, Channel Live’s Hakim Green, and Camden’s Big Lou.