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The D.O.C.
Birth name Tracy Lynn Curry
Also known as The D.O.C.
Born June 10, 1968 (1968-06-10) (age 41)
Origin Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Gangsta Rap.
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, vocalist
Years active 1987–present
Labels Ruthless
(1987–1991)
Death Row
(1991–1995)
Giant
(1995–1999)
Silverback Records
(2000 – present)
Associated acts N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

Tracy Lynn Curry, 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.

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Early career

The D.O.C. contributed lyrics and vocals to N.W.A.'s second 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.[1] 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. [2]

Accident and aftermath

Not long after his debut album was released in 1989, his vocal cords were damaged in a car accident. In 2006, Jerry Heller of Ruthless Records stated that The D.O.C. could have had his voice recovered up to 90% but was suffering from depression and was "lazy", thus causing his current voice.

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."

The D.O.C. also worked on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle and added some vocals on the song "Serial Killa". Also, the words, "No one can do it better", the name of his first album, were featured on the song "The Next Episode" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and "Public Service Announcement" by Jay-Z as 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.

Surgery

According to a 2009 interview, fellow rapper Snoop Dogg recently 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.[1]Currently, The D.O.C. is undergoing final tests before the surgery takes place, which may or may not be televised.[2]

Media appearances

  • The song "It's Funky Enough" has appeared on popular video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, True Crime: Streets of LA and Madden 2005. Also, "Whirlwind Pyramid" appeared on Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and "The Formula" appeared on True Crime: Streets of LA.
  • He made a guest appearance in Shyne's music-video for the song "That's Gangsta", which samples the same beat D.O.C. uses for his first hit "It's Funky Enough", Foster Sylvers's "Misdemeanor". The song "Lend Me An Ear was featured on Lakai skate shoe's video "Fully Flared

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