Lords of the Underground. That’s a fitting title for this trio. Consisting of Mr. Funke, DoItAll Dupre, and DJ Lord Jazz, they had a very respectable presence on the radio and TV back in 1993 and 1994. Their debut album released in 93, “Here Come The Lords” is slightly underrated if you ask me. Not only was the album very good, it also produced three memorable singles in the form of the title track “Here Come The Lords” (I love Marley Marl’s beat for this song), “Funky Child”, and “Chief Rocka” (this song is also known for its “I live by the funk, I die by the funk” sample on The Notorious BIG’s “Machine Gun Funk”).
Why I feel it’s forgotten
1993 was somewhat of a packed year, like most years in the 90s before 1998. That year saw such classics like Snoop’s debut “Doggystyle”, Wu-Tang’s “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders”, Black Moon’s “Enta Da Stage”, Onyx’s “Bacdafucup”, just to name a few, so you can see why this album was slept on at that time, even with their top 3 singles receiving consistent airplay.
Rating- I initially gave this album 4.5 stars, but I’ve since changed that rating to a solid 4 stars.
5 favorite songs- Here Come The Lords, Chief Rocka, Funky Child, Flow On, and Psycho
They released 3 other albums after their debut (“Keepers of the Funk” in 94, “Resurrection” in 99, and “House of Lords” in 2007), and although I never checked out either of them, I can assure you that none of them are on the level of “Here Come The Lords”. Either way, their debut still holds up today.