April 14, 2015

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better (1989)

The D.O.C. on No One Can Do It Better ranks as one of the best examples of rapping in terms of sheer microphone presence and skill in hip hop history, especially the late 80s and early 90s. The dude's rhymes don't contain political and angry messages like the group he wrote for, but his chameleon flow just keeps burning through the entire album. A live band method of producing directed by the great Dr. Dre is the first of its kind and takes Stetsasonic's live methods to a new West coast level of greatness. The beats are funky and bass heavy and serve as a blueprint to literally ever style of g-funk and mobb music to come after this. A storm of lyrics on Portrait of a Masterpiece, the slow-burning remake of Funkadelic's Cosmic Slop, and the monstrous track featuring all of N.W.A are only a few of the body-rocking highlights on this classic Los Angeles hip hop album.

The D.O.C. came to Los Angeles in the late 1980s after his group in Dallas, Texas, met and collaborated with Eazy-E on the first Ruthless Records LP, N.W.A & The Posse. After Eazy recognized the magnitude The D.O.C. had as a rapper and lyricist, he officially became a part of the Ruthless Records label and secretly wrote many of the lyrics for all three of the N.W.A projects. Following the groundbreaking release of Straight Outta Compton, The D.O.C. released No One Can Do It Better to prove that Eazy-E's label wasn't only good for its controversial lyrics.


No One Can Do It Better (Original CD Lossless Rip)