Lords of the Underground’s DoItAll Is Running for Councilman in New Jersey
Rappers getting involved in politics is nothing new, but DoItAll wants to take it one step further by running for office.
A member of the Lords of the Underground trio, DoItAll, born Dupre Kelly, announced on Thursday (Sept. 14) he would be running for an at-large city council seat in Newark, N.J. next year.
"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," Kelly said, as reported by PIX 11.
DoItAll currently serves as the chief executive of the Newark-based media production and event planning company 211 Media Group. He also runs the non-profit 211 Community Impact, which addresses youth gun violence, mental health and literacy.
He added, "I’m running for every ward, every ward that feels they’ve been walled off from the rest of the city."
Kelly rose to fame in the early 1990s ,when Lords of the Underground released their debut album, Here Come the Lords. The record featured the hit singles "Chief Rocka" and "Funky Child." The group followed up the success with the 1994 album Keepers of the Funk, which featured the song "Tic Toc."
All nine Newark council seats are up for election next May, but the city clerk's office said candidate petitions will not be made available until January. This means no one can officially run until 2018.
Check out DoItAll announcing his run for office below.
See New Music Releases for September 2017