Lately I've been thinking...how can I bring more recognition/honor to some of the artists that I still bump today? I mean my whole mission when I started Streetz Radio (and Royalty Magazine) was basically to give exposure to artists and play pure, raw & uncut music! Today with that same mission in tact, I feel that the only way that we can truly keep real music alive is to keep it in rotation! I mean...Don't just talk about it...be about it!!! Right?....Right!!!
Well EVERYONE KNOWS that 90's (and honestly the late 80's through early 2000's) hiphop & r&b was in a class of its own! Although we will never truly get that era back, we can keep it alive by keeping it in rotation! By saying that, I will do my part by highlighting at least one artist from this era every week! I mean think about it...>>> With popular and watered down music just taking over the industry, it is easy for hiphop and real music period to get lost in the sauce. And once it is lost, sometimes you need a magnifying glass to find it or a telescope to project it back to the world. My goal is to overcome this obstacle as well as highlight some artists or legends in the game! I mean honestly a true fan like me never stopped listening (and I know others haven't either), so I'm not fully accepting on what has happened over the years. But it is what it is...so all I can really do is continue to show my support! Honestly a lot of these artists never stopped doing their thing either, so maybe they will gain a new fan or help a newer artist see music from a different perspective!
This week's Honorable Mention goes to:
For those that don't know about the D.O.C., he is one of Dr. Dre's early protege's.
Born Tracy Lynn Curry, the D.O.C. stepped onto the scene as a force to be reckoned with! Becoming a creative force behind some of NWA's earlier work as well as being a member of the Fila Fresh Crew, the D.O.C. was making moves and it was just a matter of time before he reached the top! After the Fila Fresh Crew broke up in 1988, D.O.C. moved to Los Angeles. In 1989, the Diggy Diggy Doc released his debut solo album "No One Can Do It Better". The album overall was just dope and was instantly a hiphop classic!
Unfortunately a few months after the D.O.C. released "No One Can Do It Better", he was involved in a fatal car accident that almost took his life. Although by the grace of God he lived, the accident basically fukked up his voicebox so he was never able to rap the same again.
In an interview with Playboy Magazine, D.O.C. stated:
The whole Westcoast movement changed the direction...the night I had that accident. Once that shit happened, I was just out of there. I didn't care about anything but getting drunk...you know...getting high...and...trying to get away from that pain of not being able to do, the one thing...that I was good at...
I can not imagine the pain that the D.O.C. has had to overcome. In being not only a fan but an emcee, his story is heartbreaking, but at the same time it's a powerful testimony! The D.O.C. was a beast on the mic (and although he is still doing his thing today), it is unfortunate that the world never really got to see his full potential as an artist! So on that note, it is up to us real hiphop heads & fans to keep this Westcoast legend in rotation! #LetsGo
We are blessed to have the D.O.C. as part of our hiphop culture. He is a Westcoast legend! #LoveAndRespect
Here are some of D.O.C.'s albums/projects:
No One Can Do It Better
click here for discography
Just a few of my favorite tracks:
D.O.C. & the Doctor
No One Can Do It Better
In 1989 "No one Can Do It better" peaked at #1 on the R&B Albums charts
In 1989 "No One Can Do It Better" peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200
In 1996 "Helter Skelter" peaked at #5 on the R&B Albums
In 2003 "Deuce" peaked at #6 on Top Independent Albums
In 1989 "Funky Enough" peaked at #12 on Hot R&B/Hiphop Singles & Tracks
In 1989 "Funky Enough" peaked at #24 on Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
For more of D.O.C.'s album/single awards, please click here.
Here is his >>> Biography
Check the Credentials >>> Click here for music credits
Follow the D.O.C. on twitter @WestCoastDoc
Check out these videos:
You can also peep the D.O.C. currently playing on this week's Whateva Wednesday's!
Written by TazDatMC for Streetz Radio