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No One Can Do It Better

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West Coast's most revered, yet underrated, hip-hop classics from 1989. Produced by Eazy-E & Dr. Dre.

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Long before Snoop Dogg, Eminem, or Xzibit came into the picture, Dr. Dre had already found the perfect MC in the D.O.C., a Texas transplant to Los Angeles. Before he tragically lost his vocal chords in an auto accident, the D.O.C. was easily one of the fiercest lyricists that the West Coast had ever witnessed--a combination of Ice Cube's scowling aggressiveness but balanced with a sophistication that would have rivaled KRS-One at his best. With a ragga-tinged flow, he could drop lyrical bombs with fury on "It's Funky Enough" or sublimely style for "The Formula." Dre supported the D.O.C. with a bevy of funk-laden tracks that were pre-Chronic, meaning that the feel was rough and rugged vs. wet and sticky. Had his voice survived, there's little doubt that the D.O.C. would have become one of Cali's greatest MCs ever. All the supporting evidence is on this album. --Oliver Wang
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East/West Records
  • ASIN: B000002JN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a prior review of Jay-Z's Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse I had said that a more appropriate title could not have been chosen. Ironically, the same can be said about the first full length release from Tray Curry aka The D.O.C. but with an entirely different result. While Blueprint 2 represents a muddled collection of what would be one of Jay-Z's low points in his career, No One Can Do It Better is one of those rare Hip-Hop moments where everything came together. You will seldom hear the words perfection thrown around in my vocabulary. If you were to look for a "measuring stick" for perfection in rap releases, this album would not be a bad choice.

Doc was one of those rare emcees that has what Guru of Gangstarr calls "The Voice". When his voice leapt through any speaker prior to his career ruining car accident that severed one of his vocal chords, The D.O.C.'s voice was immediately recognizable. It became a trademark that represented quality in what was swiftly becoming an overcrowded Hip-Hop market on it's release in 1990. Any record featuring Doc's voice was considered instant gold.

And rightly so, as his voice was not the only weapon in his arsenal. After fumbling slightly with his hometown Fila Fresh Crew from Texas, a young D.O.C. was brought to the West Coast by superproducer Dr. Dre. While perfecting his craft writting clever raps for Eazy-E and even spitting a quick verse on the classic NWA release Straight Outta Compton, D.O.C. developed into a lyrical beast that destroys track after track on No One Can Do It Better. Whether it's the hardcore stylings of "The D.O.C.
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You have to love The D.O.C., he has amazing technical rapping skills, great energetic personality, and of course Dr. Dre's beats go perfectly with his style. Originally from Texas, D.O.C. moved to Los Angeles and hooked up with the classic group N.W.A., on Ruthless Records. Eazy-E handled executive production, and Dre was in his good old days and did a great job with the beats. But D.O.C. still came amazing on every single song and also used very little profanity on this album which showed his versatility, especially considering that he was working with N.W.A., one of the most controversial rap groups of all-time. It's such a shame the The D.O.C. lost his vocal cords in 1992 in a car crash and lost his mind-blowing flow. But he continued rapping after that and he might not have had the same technical ability but he remained a great lyricist. No One Can Do It Better was released in 1989 and still sounds fresh. And of course you have to love the real live instruments playing on the songs, and the saxophone solos on a couple songs. Even the commercial interludes have meaning, and are catchy. An undisputed classic album.
The album opens up with the signature track "It's Funky Enough", which is a crazy song. D.O.C. rips it here, and the beat is definitely funky enough from Dre. A good party track, never gets tired. "Mind-Blowing" has a nice piano and bass beat and D.O.C. comes with some of the best verses I've heard in a long time. He switches rapping at fast and normal paces and it does blow the mind. "Lend Me An Ear" is another swift track, with D.O.C. tearing a head-nodding beat into pieces. The first commercial has Michel'le singing on it, and has these two people talking on it which is pretty funny.
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The D.O.C. was of course a talented writer and if it wasn't for his car crash in '89, it would have been hard to tell who was better on the west coast- 2Pac or The D.O.C. Originally from Texas, The D.O.C. has some pretty rough lyrics that sounded like it came from the east coast but it didn't matter. His rhymes were fresh. This is an album where beats don't really matter (surprizingly, the beats are all produced by Dr. Dre but don't even sound like Dre production), it's the lyrics you're really looking for. The Formula (a prime classic) and No One Can Do It Better portray The D.O.C. at his best. His amazing flow can contradict even the most talented rappers who have been in the game. Portrait of a Master Piece and Whirlwind Pyramid is where The D.O.C. performs at his fastest pace and does a damn good job, especially in Portrait of a Master Piece. Bangers like It's Funky Enough and Lend Me a Hand will give you a reason to get you moving on the dancefloor.

No One Can Do It Better sure proved that nobody as talented as him could do it better. There are about a few rappers who are slightly better but The D.O.C. would come rough when needed. It's tragic that he lost his voice, he had the road to victory lying just ahead of him. However his talent will never be forgotten. Legendary, that's all I can say, legendary.
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The D.O.C. could have rivaled the greatest MCs alive like Rakim, Chuck D, and Ice Cube. But his vocal chords were tragically destroyed in a car accident after he released this CD. This cd is very good. It is one of the few albums you can listen to from track 1 to the end. Of course these days it's basically impossible to find one. The beats are great, and the lyrics are clever, although sometimes i feel they could have been better. His harsh sounding voice has a nice feel, and although he did release more albums after this one that were lyrically better than this, his (lack of a) voice kind of killed them. Dre's production is sick. Overall this one's a 4.5/5.

1. It's Funky Enough
-Beat: 5
-Lyrics: 4
-Overall: 4.5
Sick beat on a classic first track.

2. Mind Blowin'
-Beat: 4.5
-Lyrics: 4
-Overall: 4.5

3. Lend me an Ear
-Beat: 5
-Lyrics: 4.5
-Overall: 4.5
A very hot fast rap by D.O.C.

4. Comm. Blues
A break

5. Let The Bass Go
-Beats: 5
-Lyrics:4.5
-Overall: 5
Great song with a nice bass.

6. Beautiful but Deadly
-Beats/guitar: 5
-Lyrics: 5
-Overall: 5
My second favorite joint on the cd. Some great guitar solos. Rapping on top of a guitar is a very nice touch. Love it.

7. The D.O.C. & The Doctor
-Beats: 5
-Lyrics: 5
-Overall: 5
One of the (many) classics on the cd.

8. No One Can Do It Better
-Beats: 5
-Lyrics: 5
-Overall: 5
The title says it all...

9. Whirlwind Pyramid, 9.5/10
-Beats: 5
-Lyrics: 5
-Overall: 5
Great great great...

10. Comm. 2
Another break

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