Helter Skelter (album)

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Helter Skelter
Studio album by The D.O.C.
Released January 23, 1996
Recorded 1994-1995 Atlanta Georgia
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, horrorcore, G-funk
Length 67:00
Label Giant/Warner Bros. Records
24627
Producer The D.O.C.
Erotic D
The D.O.C. chronology
No One Can Do It Better
(1989)
Helter Skelter
(1996)
Deuce
(2003)
Alternative cover
Inside the booklet of Helter Skelter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Helter Skelter is a 1996 album by The D.O.C., and was an attempt at making a comeback following the car crash which severely damaged his vocal cords. The album was widely ignored, and has even been discredited by D.O.C himself.[3] The name of the album is a reference to Charles Manson's idea of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" prophesying the end of the world.

The title and concept behind this album were originally developed by Dr. Dre as a collaborative effort between him and Ice Cube, titled Heltah Skeltah. At that time however, The D.O.C. had become disillusioned with Death Row Records and Dre, having received no payment for his work ghostwriting at Death Row[citation needed]. So in late 1994, D.O.C. decided to leave Death Row and headed to Atlanta, Georgia. Taking lyrics he had already written for Heltah Skeltah, he recorded Helter Skelter, keeping the name to spite Dre.[3] His lyrics were inspired by the writings of Milton William Cooper. Especially noticeable in songs Secret Plan and Welcome to the New World.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Eddie Griffin) Erotic D 3:21
2. "Return of da Livin' Dead"   The D.O.C. 3:34
3. "From Ruthless 2 Death Row (Do We All Part)"   Erotic D 4:26
4. "Secret Plan"   The D.O.C. 5:36
5. "Komurshell (Mo' Hair)" (featuring Mario Latrell) Erotic D 2:21
6. "4 My Doggz"   Erotic D 4:27
7. ".45 Automatic" (featuring Mally G and Passion) Erotic D 3:58
8. "Sonz o' Light"   Erotic D 4:04
9. "Bitchez"   Erotic D 5:13
10. "Interlude" (featuring Voodoo Einstein) Erotic D 5:02
11. "Da Hereafter"   The D.O.C. 4:48
12. "Erotix Shit" (featuring Mally G, T-Double,DFC, MC Breed, Mz.Allan and Erotic D) Erotic D 5:04
13. "Welcome to the New World"   Erotic D 2:51
14. "Killa Instinct"   Erotic D 3:36
15. "Komurshell"   Erotic D 1:01
16. "Brand New Formula"   Erotic D 4:32
17. "Outro"   Erotic D 1:08
Bonus track
No. Title Producer(s) Length
18. "Crazy Bitchez"   Erotic D 4:38

Samples[edit]

  • "Return of da Livin' Dead" - Contains a sample of "It's Funky Enough" by The D.O.C.
  • "From Ruthless 2 Death Row (Do We All Part)" - Contains a sample of "Children's Story" by Slick Rick
  • "4 My Doggz" - Contains a sample of "The Chronic (Intro)" by Dr. Dre

Singles[edit]

Single information
"Return of da Livin' Dead"
  • Released: 1995
  • B-side: "From Ruthless to Death Row (Do We All Part)"
"4 My Doggz"
  • Released: 1996
  • B-side: "4 My Doggz (Instrumental)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lRgtYCC6OUwC&pg=PA322&dq=rolling+stone+gang+starr&cd=1&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=wu%20tang&f=false Page 281
  3. ^ a b Curry, Tracy (2002-03-19). From Ruthless To Death Row. Interview with ThaFormula.Com.