Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 20, 1968), known as The D.O.C., is an
American rapper from Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Fila Fresh
Crew and a creative force behind the rap group N.W.A.
The D.O.C. contributed lyrics and vocals to N.W.A.'s debut 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 left the group,
the group remained impressed with The D.O.C.'s work and kept him
In 1989, The D.O.C. released his Dr. Dre-produced debut album, No
One Can Do It Better. The album was very well received by critics,
and sold very well, peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200. Allmusic
gives the album a five-star rating and describes it as "an early
landmark of West Coast Rap" as well as "an undeniable masterpiece".
The track Portrait Of A Masterpiece was remixed in the UK for Atlantic
Records by CJ Macintosh and Eddie Gordon in 1991, becoming an underground
anthem with DJ Sasha.
 Accident and aftermath
Not long after his debut album was released in 1989, his vocal cords
were damaged in a car accident.
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." He is referenced
by name in "Nuthin' but a G Thang," and appears in the
song's video as well. 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." His name is mentioned by Snoop Dogg in the
intro of the album. ("Peace to my nigga D.O.C., still makin'
it funky enough").
The D.O.C. worked on Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle and added
some vocals on the song "Serial Killa". Also, the words, "No
one can do it better", the name of his first album, were featured
on the song "The Next Episode" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
and "Public Service Announcement" by Jay-Z as a direct
reference to the rapper. The D.O.C continued to be a ghostwriter
for various songs on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg albums.
The Dr. Dre song "What's the Difference?" from the album
2001 features the following lyrics, sung by Dre:
Back when Cube - was rollin wit Lorenzo in a Benzo I was bangin
wit a gang of instrumentals, got the pens and pencils, got down to
business; but sometimes the business end of this shit can turn your
friends against you - but you was a real nigga, I could sense it
in you - I still remember the window of the car that you went through,
that's fucked up - But I'll never forget the shit we been through,
and I'ma do whatever it takes to convince you, cuz you my nigga D.O.C.
According to a 2009 interview, Snoop Dogg assisted The D.O.C. in
seeking a voice therapist. It was found that The D.O.C.'s vocal cords
are not irreparably severed or crushed, and that his voice could
still be surgically restored by up to 70%. As such, LA-Based Publicist,
Idalyze Nasiha Rose, has assisted him in finding a surgeon who will
repair his vocal cords. The D.O.C. is currently undergoing final
tests before the surgery takes place, which may or may not be televised.
In a recent interview in October 2010 that documentary is mentioned
by Hip Hop Producer and cousin of Dr. Dre, Sir Jinx and is supposed
to be about the early days of The D.O.C. and presumably his accident,
drug addiction and road to recovery (i.e. surgery).
"We now have so many images available to us of: things, places,
events and people from all over the world, and of not immediate relevance
to our own existence, that our expectations of what we have the right
to view, want to view or should view has been drastically affected.
Arguably, gone are the days that we felt entitled to view only those
things in our immediate presence or that affected our micro world;
we now seem to feel entitled to gain access to any existing images. “In
teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our
notion of what is worth looking at and what we have the right to
observe” -Susan Sontag (activist/writer)
At one point The D.O.C. was planning to both write a book about
his experiences on Ruthless Records & Death Row Records and film
his surgery and subsequent recovery from vocal surgery.
 Media appearances
* The song "It's Funky Enough" has appeared on popular
video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, True Crime: Streets of
LA and Madden 2005. Also, "Whirlwind Pyramid" appeared
on Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and "The Formula" appeared
on True Crime: Streets of LA. And his song Mind Blowin' was part
of the NBA Live 2005 soundtrack.
* He made a guest appearance in Shyne's music-video for the song "That's
Gangsta", which samples the same beat D.O.C. uses for his first hit "It's
Funky Enough", Foster Sylvers's "Misdemeanor". The song "Lend
Me An Ear" was featured on Lakai skate shoe's video "Fully Flared."
Main article: The D.O.C. discography
* 1989: No One Can Do It Better
* 1996: Helter Skelter
* 2003: Deuce
* 2011: Voices through Hot Vessels