The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better (LP Reissue) [Get On Down GET52739]
***PRE-ORDER – Expected release date 1/12/23***
Pressed on apple red smoky colored vinyl with obi limited to 1500 copies. Get On Down is proud to announce a vinyl reissue of one of the West Coast’s most revered, yet underrated, hip-hop classics and quite possibly one of the best hip-hop albums of all time: The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. Produced entirely by Dr. Dre and out of print on vinyl in the U.S. for several years, this limited edition colored LP features original album artwork and thirteen tracks of rap heaven.
When his debut album hit in mid-1989, The D.O.C. was in the vortex of the biggest hip-hop happening on the planet: the rise and rule of N.W.A. The group’s breakout album Straight Outta Compton had hit one year prior and had created both controversy and worldwide critical acclaim. As rap history buffs and industry insiders know, The D.O.C. was a crucial behind-the-scenes member of the N.W.A. inner circle – his most important role in the early days of the group was writing many of Eazy-E’s rhymes, including his hit 1988 single “We Want Eazy.”
He would go on to write for Efli4zaggin, The Chronic, and Doggystyle. But The D.O.C. wasn’t in N.W.A. and never wanted to be – he was his own man, with his own vision. And after Compton proceeded to blow up the next crew album was No One Can Do It Better. Significantly, it was the first album where Dr. Dre showed his greatness as a solo producer for one MC. Boasting four singles – “The D.O.C. & The Doctor,” “Mind Blowin’,” the smash “It’s Funky Enough” and “The Formula” – the album is flawless from beginning to end.
Of particular note beyond the singles is “The Grand Finale,” which was the last time that Ice Cube, M.C. Ren, and Eazy-E would rhyme on a track together. The D.O.C. showed on this amazing record that he was one of hip-hop’s most talented MCs.
He nearly died in a horrific car crash as the album was catching fire in the late summer of 1989 which damaged his vocal cords, but he survived and continues to make new music and act as a sounding board for Dr. Dre to this day. More recently a documentary covering D.O.C.’s life titled The DOC debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival with fans eagerly awaiting a wider release.
This album is a must-have for any hip-hop fan.