Lords Of Lyrics
Lords of Lyrics, better known as “L.O.L.", is an American West Coast Rap duo that consists of Jerry L. Polidore and J.K. Jackson, aka "JP" and Koop. The Los Angeles based group was formed in 1992.
Group member Koop (formerly known as Shawn) is a native of South Central Los Angeles, while JP (formerly known as Swan), born in Houston, TX, moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13. The Duo met and started rapping together in Jr. High School. A couple of years later, while attending University High School, the duo became popular for entertaining students with rap performances during lunch hour. Just after High School, JP and Koop formed L.O.L.. Members, Damon "Twin" Rose and DJ Marq, joined the group a shortly afterward. In their early years, the group was known to frequently perform at The Good Life, which was a Health Food Store by day, and doubled as the local renowned, Thursday night open-mic, Underground Hip Hop scene by night, located on Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition, in Los Angeles.
By 1994, L.O.L. emerged from the underground rap scene, performing with the likes of Cypress Hill, Too Short, Mobb Deep, Xzibit. Their first album debuted in August 1994, titled "Do or Die", produced by Damon "Twin" Rose, while signed to Pyramid Records/Wilbro Records. During that time they fought to keep their careers alive through a shady record deal and faulty management.
In 1996, L.O.L. was picked up by Franchise Records, where their second full-length studio album, "Heaven or Hell" was released. The album was produced by DJ Slip from Compton's Most Wanted and NBA superstar, Stanley Roberts, then center for the Los Angeles Clippers and CEO of Franchise Records.
Although the group hasn't seen an abundant amount of commercial success in the U.S., they are best known for the "Heaven or Hell" album, which is now considered a classic album and contains the popular single, "Summer Breeze", and for "Boom Boom Crack", featured in the 1996 Hollywood movie, and on the Soundtrack of "The Last Days of Frankie the Fly", starring Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper and Daryl Hannah.
After a short stint with Franchise Records, the label closed their doors, and L.O.L. group members eventually parted ways.
Original L.O.L. members, Koop and "J.P." have since reunited, working under the independent recording label, LynnByrd Music, LLC and have released their third full-length studio album titled, "Lost & Found", on December 29, 2009. "Lost and Found" was produced by Toj1200 and contains a collection of tracks recorded between 1999 and 2001, originally intended as the follow-up to the "Heaven or Hell" album.
L.O.L.'s Fourth album titled, "Redemption" was released on June 22, 2010.
|Wilbro Records, Pyramid Records Group||1994|
|Lords Of Lyrics (L.O.L.)||2015|
|Jungle Records, Qwest Records||1996|