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No One Can Do It Better
Studio album by The D.O.C.
Released June 16, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre West Coast hip hop
Golden age hip hop
Length 47:59
Label Ruthless / Atlantic
Producer Dr. Dre
Professional reviews
The D.O.C. chronology
No One Can Do It Better
(1989)
Helter Skelter
(1996)
Alternate cover
Inside the booklet of No One Can Do It Better

No One Can Do It Better is The D.O.C.'s debut album. It went platinum. This was the only solo album The D.O.C. was able to record before a car accident resulted in crushing his larynx, permanently changing his voice.

Contents

Album information

Idolizing East Coast acts such as Run-D.M.C., The D.O.C. always showed more of a lyrical style, not talking about guns, drugs and violence.

Most of the songs were influenced and sampled from funk artists such as Marvin Gaye, Parliament, and Funkadelic, but one track in particular was influenced by other genres, "Beautiful But Deadly", a rock-hip hop track, influenced by Run-D.M.C. with a heavy guitar riff throughout the song (it borrows from Funkadelic's Cosmic Slop).

Beats were produced by Dr. Dre, with Eazy-E being the executive producer for this album.

Reception

Chris Rock ranked No One Can Do It Better 11th on a 2005 list of the Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums ever. [1]

In 1998, the album was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Composer(s) Sample(s)
1 "It's Funky Enough" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Foster Sylvers - "Misdemeanor"
Lightnin' Rod - "Brother Hominy Grit", James Brown - "It's a New Day (Live)" "N.W.A." - 8 Ball"
2 "Mind Blowin'" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Melvin Bliss - "Synthetic Substitution", Heatwave - "Mind Blowin' Decisions", Honey Drippers - "Impeach the President", Sly & The Family Stone - "I Want to Take You Higher", Roy Ayers - "Boogie Back", Kool Moe Dee - "Go See The Doctor"
3 "Lend Me An Ear" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Eddie Bo - "Hook and Sling"
Lyn Collins - "Think (About It)"
4 "Comm. Blues" Dr. Dre The D.O.C., Michel'le Tracy Curry
Andre Young
5 "Let The Bass Go" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
James Brown - "Funky Drummer"
Isaac Hayes - "No Name Cafe"
6 "Beautiful But Deadly" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Funkadelic - "Cosmic Slop"
Syl Johnson - "Different Strokes"
7 "The D.O.C. & The Doctor" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Funkadelic - "Good Ole Music"
8 "No One Can Do It Better" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
9 "Whirlwind Pyramid" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Parliament - "Getting to Know You"
Yellow Sunshine - "Yellow Sunshine"
10 "Comm. 2" Dr. Dre The D.O.C., MC Ren Tracy Curry
Andre Young
B.T. Express - "If it Don't Turn You on (You Outta Leave it Alone)", Sly & The Family Stone - "If You Want Me to Stay"
11 "The Formula" Dr. Dre The D.O.C., Dr. Dre Tracy Curry
Andre Young
Marvin Gaye - "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
12 "Portrait Of A Masterpiece" Dr. Dre The D.O.C. Tracy Curry
Andre Young
The JB's - "Blow Your Head", Teddy Pendergrass - "You Can't Hide from Yourself", Charles Earland - "Intergalactic Love Song"
13 "The Grand Finalé" Dr. Dre, DJ Yella The D.O.C, N.W.A. Tracy Curry, Lorenzo Patterson, O'Shea Jackson Parliament - "Chocolate City"

Singles

Single information
"The D.O.C. & The Doctor"
  • Released: October 5, 1989
  • B-side: "SomethingTaBumpInYaCar"
"It's Funky Enough"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "No One Can Do It Better"
"The Formula"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "Whirlwind Pyramid"
"Mind Blowin'"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "Portrait of A Master Piece (Remix)"

Chart positions

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Billboard 200 20
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1

References

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