No One Can Do It Better by The D.O.C. on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The story of the D.O.C. is one of hip-hop's great tragedies. Originally from Texas, he was down with the Fila Fresh Crew, and appeared on N.W.A and the Posse. Befriending Dr. Dre in the late ‘80s, he released his boldly titled debut album in 1989. Produced entirely by Dre, and recorded around the same time as Straight Outta Compton, No One Can Do It Better was an instant classic, absolutely loaded with dizzyingly intricate (but decidedly un-gangsta) lyricism and furiously rugged beat work. It also spawned runaway hits like "The Formula," and "It's Funky Enough." Shortly after receiving a gold plaque, the D.O.C. totaled his car and crushed his larynx, taking away the voice that was just about to make him a superstar. He went on to ghostwrite for Dre for many years, contributed heavily to The Chronic, and acted as mentor for a young Snoop Dogg. He eventually released two more albums over the years, though neither one made much noise. Regardless, No One remains an undeniably essential piece of rap music, as crucial today as it was 20 years ago.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The story of the D.O.C. is one of hip-hop's great tragedies. Originally from Texas, he was down with the Fila Fresh Crew, and appeared on N.W.A and the Posse. Befriending Dr. Dre in the late ‘80s, he released his boldly titled debut album in 1989. Produced entirely by Dre, and recorded around the same time as Straight Outta Compton, No One Can Do It Better was an instant classic, absolutely loaded with dizzyingly intricate (but decidedly un-gangsta) lyricism and furiously rugged beat work. It also spawned runaway hits like "The Formula," and "It's Funky Enough." Shortly after receiving a gold plaque, the D.O.C. totaled his car and crushed his larynx, taking away the voice that was just about to make him a superstar. He went on to ghostwrite for Dre for many years, contributed heavily to The Chronic, and acted as mentor for a young Snoop Dogg. He eventually released two more albums over the years, though neither one made much noise. Regardless, No One remains an undeniably essential piece of rap music, as crucial today as it was 20 years ago.

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About The D.O.C.

After the release of his debut album, the career of Texas-born rapper the D.O.C. was shattered by a car crash that almost took his life. Although he could no longer rap like he used to, his former producer Dr. Dre featured the rapper on his groundbreaking album The Chronic, which built on the foundation laid by the D.O.C.'s No One Can Do It Better. He was also featured on Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle. The D.O.C. returned in early 1996 with Helter Skelter, his first album in nearly seven years. The album received mixed reviews and failed to earn a large audience, leaving the charts a few months after its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Dallas, TX
  • BORN
    Jun 10, 1968

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