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Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 20, 1968), known as The D.O.C., is an American rapper from Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Fila Fresh Crew and a creative force behind the rap group N.W.A.
The D.O.C. contributed lyrics and vocals to N.W.A.'s debut album, Straight Outta Compton and to Eazy E's debut, Eazy-Duz-It. He was recruited as a member of Fila Fresh Crew which turned out successful until he went to California for N.W.A. When Ice Cube left the group, the group remained impressed with The D.O.C.'s work and kept him on board.
In 1989, The D.O.C. released his Dr. Dre-produced debut album, No One Can Do It Better. The album was very well received by critics, and sold very well, peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200. Allmusic gives the album a five-star rating and describes it as "an early landmark of West Coast Rap" as well as "an undeniable masterpiece". The track Portrait Of A Masterpiece was remixed in the UK for Atlantic Records by CJ Macintosh and Eddie Gordon in 1991, becoming an underground anthem with DJ Sasha.
Not long after his debut album was released in 1989, his vocal cords were damaged in a car accident.
However, The D.O.C. remained important to Dr. Dre, who used his talents as one of the writers for his debut solo album The Chronic, contributing to the tracks "Lil' Ghetto Boy," "A Nigga Witta Gun," and "Bitches Ain't Shit". He also appeared on the skit track "The $20 Sack Pyramid." He is referenced by name in "Nuthin' but a G Thang," and appears in the song's video as well. The liner notes to The Chronic say, "I want to give a special shout out to The D.O.C. for talking me into doin' this album." His name is mentioned by Snoop Dogg in the intro of the album. ("Peace to my nigga D.O.C., still makin' it funky enough").
The D.O.C. worked on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle and added some vocals on the song "Serial Killa". Also, the words, "Like my nigga D.O.C, No one can do it better" were featured on the song "Nuthin' but a G Thang" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg "Public Service Announcement" by Jay-Z has a direct reference to the rapper. The D.O.C continued to be a ghostwriter for various songs on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg albums.
The Dr. Dre song "What's the Difference?" from the album 2001 features the following lyrics, sung by Dre:
Back when Cube - was rollin wit Lorenzo in a Benzo I was bangin wit a gang of instrumentals, got the pens and pencils, got down to business; but sometimes the business end of this shit can turn your friends against you - but you was a real nigga, I could sense it in you - I still remember the window of the car that you went through, that's fucked up - But I'll never forget the shit we been through, and I'ma do whatever it takes to convince you, cuz you my nigga D.O.C.
According to a 2009 interview, Snoop Dogg assisted The D.O.C. in seeking a voice therapist. It was found that The D.O.C.'s vocal cords are not irreparably severed or crushed, and that his voice could still be surgically restored by up to 70%. As such, LA-Based Publicist, Idalyze Nasiha Rose, has assisted him in finding a surgeon who will repair his vocal cords. The D.O.C. is currently undergoing final tests before the surgery takes place, which may or may not be televised. In a recent interview in October 2010 that documentary is mentioned by Hip Hop Producer and cousin of Dr. Dre, Sir Jinx and is supposed to be about the early days of The D.O.C. and presumably his accident, drug addiction and road to recovery (i.e. surgery).
At one point The D.O.C. was planning to both write a book about his experiences on Ruthless Records & Death Row Records and film his surgery and subsequent recovery from vocal surgery.
After rejoining forces with longtime music exec and friend Alex Roberts from the DRR days the D.O.C will be making one of many trips to Barcelona to meet with Roberts, whose label HMG has its headquarters and to meet with Dr Paolo Macchiarini who will discuss the first part of the procedure ON RESTORING DOCS VOICE which will eventually take place at the world-renowned doctor's clinic in Florence, Italy. The D.O.C will have his film crew with him and it is Roberts that has also convinced Dr Paolo Macchiarini to endorse the current project on the D.O.C and continue to stay on board.
Album "No One Can Do It Better" (1989)
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The song "Get Down Make Love" is property of UME and BICYCLE music. I do not own this or the album art
11th track off of Pretty Hate Machine Remastered
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