No One Can Do It Better

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No One Can Do It Better
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1, 1989 (1989-08-01)[1]
Recorded1989
StudioAudio Achievements, Torrance, California[2]
GenreWest Coast hip hop[3]
Length48:25
Label
Producer
The D.O.C. chronology
No One Can Do It Better
(1989)
Helter Skelter
(1996)
Singles from No One Can Do It Better
  1. "It's Funky Enough"
    Released: June 16, 1989
  2. "The D.O.C. & The Doctor"
    Released: October 5, 1989
  3. "The Formula"
    Released: 1989
  4. "Mind Blowin’"
    Released: 1989

No One Can Do It Better is the debut studio album by The D.O.C., released on August 1, 1989 by Ruthless Records and Atlantic Records. 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.[4] 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), also released by Warner Music Group, but on Giant label rather than Atlantic.

Album information[edit]

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. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Eazy all provide vocals for "The Grand Finalé", while Ren also provides vocals for "Comm. 2". DJ 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauB[5]
Q3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Source5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic3/5[8]

From contemporary reviews, music critic Robert Christgau of The Village Voice 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.[5] Daniel Weizmann of LA Weekly stating that The D.O.C. noting him a good rapper whose rhymes "spring out like meancing jacks in the box just when you think he's about tread over the same old rap cliches." noting that it has "bravado and loathing and deep sexual phobias (like almost all other rap records today)" while it still had "grace and elocution and literary richness."[9] Weizmann also praised Dr.Dre, declaring him "a sound-collage artist to a degree no other producer in rap even touches" and that "If the rappers in front of Dre weren't so often obscene, and if the act of sampling and mixing were taken with the slightest bit of seriousness as an art, I'm positive Dre would be considered the Phil Spector of his generation."[9] J.D. Considine wrote in The Baltimore Sun prasied the album, stating that "what really gives this album an edge is the fact that he never pulls his punches, infusing each track with an impressive ferocity".[10]

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."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by The D.O.C. and were produced by Dr. Dre.

No.TitleLength
1."It's Funky Enough"4:29
2."Mind Blowin'"3:35
3."Lend Me an Ear"3:20
4."Comm. Blues" (featuring Michel'le)2:22
5."Let the Bass Go"3:41
6."Beautiful But Deadly"5:10
7."The D.O.C. & The Doctor"4:06
8."No One Can Do It Better"4:50
9."Whirlwind Pyramid"3:45
10."Comm. 2" (featuring MC Ren)1:20
11."The Formula"4:11
12."Portrait of a Masterpiece"2:30
13."The Grand Finalé" (featuring N.W.A)4:40
Total length:47:59

The "Real Gone" edition is basically the same master, with the bass amped , and treble lowered. Also, for unknown reasons, "Comm. Blues" is edited at the intro ("8 ball piss").

Cut tracks[edit]

Singles[edit]

Single information
"It's Funky Enough"
  • Released: June 16, 1989
  • B-side: "No One Can Do It Better"
"The D.O.C. & The Doctor"
  • Released: October 5, 1989
  • B-side: "SomethingTaBumpInYaCar"
"The Formula"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "Whirlwind Pyramid"
"Mind Blowin'"
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "Portrait of a Masterpiece (Remix)"
"Portrait of a Masterpiece"
  • Released: 1989 (UK & Germany)
  • B-side:Portrait Of A Masterpiece (CJ's Ed-Did-It Mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Billboard 200 20
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
  2. ^ a b "DOC – No One Can Do It Better CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum Search Results: No One Can Do It Better". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 3, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. google.com. ISBN 9780743201698.
  7. ^ Kazeem (August 4, 2010). The Complete List Of 5 Mic Hip-Hop Classics. The Source. Retrieved on 2010-12-23.
  8. ^ Robertson, Alex (March 11, 2013). "Album Review – The D.O.C.: No One Can Do It Better". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  9. ^ a b Weizmann, Daniel (September 1, 1989). "Albums". LA Weekly. p. 89. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  10. ^ Considine, [J.D. (September 29, 1989). "Records". The Baltimore Sun. p. 89. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r234875
  12. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums year end 1989". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.