The D.O.C. Biography
The D.O.C. Biography
Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 10, 1968), known as The D.O.C., is an American rapper born & raised in Dallas, Texas where he was a member of the Fila Fresh Crew. He later lived in Compton, California, where he joined the creative force behind the rap group N.W.A. The D.O.C. contributed lyrics and vocals to N.W.A's 2nd album, Straight Outta Compton and to Eazy E's debut, Eazy-Duz-It. He was recruited as a member of Fila Fresh Crew which turned out successful until he went to California for N.W.A.. When Ice Cube returned, the group remained impressed enough with The D.O.C.'s work to keep him on board.In 1989, The D.O.C. released his Dr. Dre-produced debut album, No One Can Do It Better.The D.O.C. got his rapping career in West Dallas his home town with the popular rapper in Dallas.
Not long after his debut album was released, his vocal cords were severed in a car accident, which would prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for his continued career as a vocalist. In 2006, Jerry Heller (Ruthless Records) stated that The D.O.C. could have had his voice recovered up to 90% but was suffering from depression and was "lazy", thus causing the voice we now know. However, The D.O.C. remained important to Dr. Dre, who used his talents as one of the writers for his debut solo album The Chronic, contributing to the tracks "Lil' Ghetto Boy," "A Nigga Witta Gun," and "Bitches Ain't Shit". He also appeared on the skit track "The $20 Sack Pyramid." The liner notes to The Chronic say "I want to give a special shout out to The D.O.C. for talking me into doin' this album." The D.O.C. also worked on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle and added minor vocals on the song "Serial Killa".
When The D.O.C.'s voice returned (although severely altered), he considered a return to rapping. Dr. Dre was skeptical that he was capable of creating successful records with his damaged vocal cords and wanted to keep the DOC as his ghostwriter. In 1996, The D.O.C. moved to Atlanta, Georgia, taking a number of partially-recorded tapes belonging to Dr Dre which contained the basis for the Ice Cube/Dre album Helter Skelter, which was supposed to be Dre's follow up to The Chronic. D.O.C. recorded his second album with producer Erotic D. The record, Helter Skelter was released to spite Dr. Dre, but it sold poorly. The D.O.C. rapped in a raspy, almost demonic voice. Most of the album's lyrics were by the D.O.C. for Dre and intended for the unreleased Ice Cube/ Dre collaboration. While in Atlanta, The D.O.C. also made major contributions to MC Breed's album The New Breed. After a major lawsuit, Dr. Dre and The D.O.C. reconciled their differences and once again became friends. Dr. Dre invited The D.O.C. to his 2001 recording sessions. D.O.C. brought his new protégé along, a Fort Worth rapper named Six-Two; Six-Two appeared on two of the album's songs. D.O.C. and Six-Two were also part of the Up In Smoke tour. In 2003, The D.O.C. released his third album Deuce. The album was more of a compilation than a solo release. The D.O.C.contributed many vocals to the record. Rather, many of the tracks had appearances by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg, and the D.O.C.'s proteges Six-Two,Up-Tight, Cadillac Seville, and El Dorado take most of the spotlight.