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The DOC - No One Can Do It Better

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The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better

The DOC
No One Can Do It Better
Ruthless, 1989

The DOC’s debut, No One Can Do It Better, though billed as a solo, is really the work of a duo, as much Dr. Dre’s opus as DOC’s. The content of the album might be puzzling to those whose introduction to DOC came through his association with NWA. The narrative world created by NWA was vast, like the real-life Los Angeles they drew from, populated by small-time thugs, bitches, gangs, and crooked cops. No One Can Do It Better, on the other hand, creates a universe that exists almost entirely inside the recording studio. The songs alternate up-tempo, late-eighties fast rap styles with mid-tempo tracks that provide a preview of the West Coast G-Funk aesthetic that would develop shortly afterwards. DOC uses his hoarse but still imposing voice to good effect, and his rhymes are consistently dope, though not mind-blowing. The album’s thesis becomes clear in the skits and interludes, during which the listener gets numerous glimpses of the interactions between DOC and Dre. The album tries to convince the listener of its spontaneity through staged presentation. Further scrutiny of the lyrics only confirms these suspicions: DOC mostly raps about rapping well over flawless drums provided by Dre. The only time he really leaves the studio is to describe a treacherous vamp over badly aged wailin’-ass guitars and eighties rock drums on “Beautiful But Deadly.”

Most of the other songs have held up better over time, and some, such as the title track, feel fairly modern, but the album is far from timeless, irrevocably reflecting its own period regardless of its futurism. The beats are mostly programmed drums with replayed riffs in the place of samples. The prevalence of interpolations could have been a business decision that resulted from Dre’s unwillingness to pay sample clearance fees, but there was clearly also a desire to have a clean, spare sound. Where there are short samples used, on the hooks of songs like “Funky Enough,” they stand out for their impreciseness. Even if the idea to the aptly-titled “The Formula” came to Dre in a dream, as DOC claims, it was truly a mathematician’s fantasy. This deliberate aspect is really where the album stands out from the exuberant improvisations of many of its contemporaries. Although DOC has claimed that the songs were recorded without an overarching plan in mind, there is none of the carefree straight spitting that characterizes albums like Lord Finesse’s debut from the same year. Like many quests for perfection, this album narrows its focus, and while there are few overt missteps, its mechanism holds it back. This is not to say that there is no fun to be had here – the chemistry between the protagonists is undeniable, and the result is good music and a near-classic album. In the incoherent world of rap, however, DOC and Dre are actually too coherent, too focused, and their creation sometimes feels more lifelike than live.

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Comments for "The DOC - No One Can Do It Better"

  1. Can’t agree more. Too slick at times, although Whirlwind Pyramid is a brilliant piece of rhyming, it lacks that edge that accessible Inner City Griots (Freestyle Fellowship) brought.
    Bergs    Oct 27, 10:11 AM   
  2. truthfully i’m not sure what you were going for with this mediocre review of a bonafide classic? the sheer bombast of “The Doc & The Doctor” and “It’s Funky Enough” were enough to earn it that status. if you’d spent less time guessing at the motives for its creation and more time contrasting this record to the whole of what Los Angeles hip-hop was at the time, you’d have done the readers more of a service. it’s obvious you weren’t around hip-hop circles in ‘89, or you’d have known how heads nationwide flipped over this album. not a masterpiece-that i’ll concur, but classic, yes—yes it is. and btw, Finesse’s debut dropped sometime in ‘90.
    el papa de sienna    Nov 4, 01:43 PM   
  3. I’m not a rap afficianado, but a music one – the album rocks – I think it’s perfect -not prmoting violence but personal execpetionalism – I also think it’s Dre’s first step out of the Ghetto – NWA’s album which had made dre famous is basically a block party – call it simple, dated, whatever, the album ROCKS – what’s unique is the melody that the Lyrics and the beats deliver – unique in Rap


    Jondr    Dec 17, 09:42 AM   
  4. yall r fuckin white as fuk fuck this review this albms nt offff beet fuck yll sux miy dix


    — efil4aggin    Sep 29, 11:22 AM   
  5. das sum funny ish


    — jodorow    Jul 31, 10:56 PM   
  6. No matter if your white or black or purple or green this album is an part of hiphop/rap that alot of people dont know about and alot more should. The D.O.C.‘s ability is so underrated, especially compared to the efforts that find themselves into the mainstream today. This album is dope…no question about it.


    P Hayz    Dec 25, 11:09 PM