No One Can Do It Better
|No One Can Do It Better|
|Studio album by The D.O.C.|
|Released||June 16, 1989|
|Recorded||Audio Achievements, Torrance, California|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop|
|Producer||Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (exec.)|
|The D.O.C. chronology|
No One Can Do It Better is The D.O.C.'s debut album, released on June 16, 1989. It reached number-one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for two weeks, while peaking in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified gold by the RIAA three months after it was released, and platinum on April 21, 1994. This was the only solo album The D.O.C. was able to record before a car accident resulted in crushing his larynx; in recent years, however, he has been undergoing vocal surgery. He would not release another album until 7 years later, with Helter Skelter (1996).
Idolizing East Coast acts such as Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy, The D.O.C. always showed more of a lyrical style, not talking about guns, drugs and violence. The album received a Parental Advisory sticker because of the final track on the album ("The Grand Finalé"). 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).
All five then-current members of N.W.A contributed to this album. Beats were produced by Dr. Dre, with Eazy-E being the executive producer and DJ Yella co-producing "The Grand Finalé". Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy all provide vocals for "The Grand Finalé", while Ren also provides vocals for "Comm. 2". Yella performs on "Comm. Blues", "Comm. 2" and "The Grand Finalé" as a drummer.
No One Can Do It Better also features additional vocals by Krazy Dee (who also co-wrote the N.W.A song "Panic Zone" from N.W.A. and the Posse), J. J. Fad, Yomo & Maulkie and Michel'le, who were all part of Ruthless as well. Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton and Stan "The Guitar Man" Jones, who play keyboards and guitar on some of the tracks respectively, also worked for the label.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that the first three songs have music that is funky, multi-dimensional, and engaging, but the rest of the album's funk diminishes and leaves listeners having to focus on D.O.C.'s inferior lyrics. In a retrospective review, Allmusic stated, "It's a shame that the D.O.C. never got the chance for a proper follow-up, but in No One Can Do It Better, he at least has one undeniable masterpiece." RapReviews wrote, "It's hard to adequately describe how much of an unbelievable pleasure it is to listen to "No One Can Do it Better," an album that not only exceeds the expectations anyone had for D.O.C. at the time but which goes down as an unqualified classic in the history of hip-hop." In 1998, the album was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
|1||"It's Funky Enough"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|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
|Melvin Bliss - "Synthetic Substitution",
Heatwave - "Mind Blowin' Decisions",
The 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
|Eddie Bo - "Hook and Sling"
Lyn Collins - "Think (About It)"
|4||"Comm. Blues"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C., Michel'le||Tracy Curry
|5||"Let the Bass Go"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|James Brown - "Funky Drummer"
Isaac Hayes - "No Name Bar"
Beastie Boys - "The New Style"
|6||"Beautiful But Deadly"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|Funkadelic - "Cosmic Slop"
Syl Johnson - "Different Strokes"
|7||"The D.O.C. & the Doctor"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|Funkadelic - "Good Old Music"||4:06|
|8||"No One Can Do It Better"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|Fab 5 Freddy and B-Side - "Change The Beat"||4:50|
|9||"Whirlwind Pyramid"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|Parliament - "Getting to Know You"
Yellow Sunshine - "Yellow Sunshine"
|10||"Comm. 2"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C., MC Ren||Tracy Curry
|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.||Tracy Curry
|Marvin Gaye - "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"||4:11|
|12||"Portrait of a Masterpiece"||Dr. Dre||The D.O.C.||Tracy Curry
|Fred Wesley and the J.B.’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"||4:40|
- "Bridgette" - cut from the album because of the sexual content, later released on the Dr. Dre bootleg First Round Knock Out
|"The D.O.C. & the Doctor"
|"It's Funky Enough"
|Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums||1|
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- Allmusic review
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- Christgau, Robert (July 3, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- RapReviews review
- Rolling Stone review
- Kazeem (August 4, 2010). The Complete List Of 5 Mic Hip-Hop Classics. The Source. Retrieved on 2010-12-23.
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