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The After Party: DJ Layne Luv speaks with Newark NJ's @ DoItAllDu


The After Party:  DJ Layne Luv speaks with Newark NJ's @ DoItAllDu

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There was a time in hip hop when an artist doing well in the music industry could not see anything past performing on records and stage. However, in the mid 90''''''''''''''''s young enterprising entrepreneurs showed the world that hip hop is Big Business. Starting with Russell SimmonsSean Combs, and Sean Cartermaking the transition from being music executives to fashion moguls was no easy task. Dre and Iovine became billionaires selling headphones. Kanye West''''''''''''''''s Yeezy''''''''''''''''s are more expensive and just as popular as Air Jordan''''''''''''''''s. But transitioning from rap to politics is a little on the new side of things. Although we have had many rappers help politicians run for one really ever decided to run for themselves. Well, a guy by the name of DoItAll Dupre'''''''''''''''' Kelly from Newark New Jersey decided to change that narrative.

The City Council elect was once a member of a platinum selling rap group called the Lords of The Underground. In 1993, they had a number one song on the music charts entitled "Chief Rocka" produced by the Obi One of Hip Hop DJ Marley Marl. They came in on the very end of Hip Hop Golden Era.

In 2017-2018 DoItAll decided to run for City Council for the city of Newark and he had a little help from his Jersey hip hop friends such as Redman and Queen Latifah. My partner and CEO of SOHH Avian Drummonds secured an interview session while he was deep in the campaign trail back in the Fall of 2017, but I was going through my own life struggles during the winter and the time slot fell through. However, I''''''''''''''''ve always lived by, what''''''''''''''''s meant to be is meant to be, and sure enough by reaching out through IG we were able to reconnect.

The day before the election primaries, I saw DoItAll''''''''''''''''s Instagram post, and low and behold, there was Michael Bivens of singing group New Edition & Bell Biv Devoe and Queen Latifah rallying up that last minute voter support. It was awesome to see the belief the entire community had in Kelly to make a move toward change for the youth in their city. On that particular evening, my eyes stayed glued to the internet and to Kelly''''''''''''''''s IG timeline. The next day there were no posts for a while nor an update. He eventually put up a video stating that he was still optimistic for the future and the fight was not over. He didn''t win in the primaries.

I immediately DM''''''''''''''''d Kelly and said some encouraging words and told him how proud I was of him. I also asked for a few minutes of his time to get his thoughts on how the campaign was ran and if he was satisfied with the outcome even though he didn''''''''''''''''t win. He willingly agreed and hence this without further adieu ...DoItAll Du is in the building!!!

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