Monday, May 12, 2014

LOTUG "Here Come The Lords" (The Source, 5/93)


"We dropped 'Psycho' and everyone thought that it was Das." That line, taken from the Lords' current fly single, "Funky Child" is no lie. Many a hip-hop head was confused by the similar lyrical flow and video concepts of these two underground camps. And although I didn't feel that "Psycho" was all that, their next two joints ("Check It" and "Funky Child") convinced me that this Newark, NJ trio was not out to make a living by imitating Das EFX. On Here Come The Lords, MCs Mr. Funke and DoItAll - along with their DJ, Lord Jazz - proceed to rock the high pitched freestyle on fifteen tracks of underground rawness. To witness the Lords' rapid fire back-and-forth skill trade all you need to do is drop the needle. On "Chief Rocka," ill lines like "I'm the chief rocka so I guess I am in charge / I freak it with a twist so you boom it in your cars / I'm the one with the flow when I grip like G.I. Joe..." are kicked with mad intensity." Check the visuals to "Chief Rocka" below...


"Beat-wise, the legendary Marley Marl digs up new flavor from his House of Hits and gives the Lords a plate full of that Queensbridge-Spring Valley "underground fusion." Rich in texture, Marley's sharp horn breaks and suffocating basslines keep things on track during those rare times when the Lords stop to catch their breath. He also keeps the fast forward material (there is some) to a minimum. The Lords have gotten off to a good start, and with LP cuts like "From The Bricks," "Lords's Prayer," and "Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time," at their disposal, they aim to stay in the race." - The Source, May 1993. You can save a copy of the full review below if you'd like...