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No One Can Do It Better
     

No One Can Do It Better

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by The D.O.C.
 

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An early landmark of West Coast rap, the D.O.C.'s debut album, No One Can Do It Better, remains sorely underheard today, largely because the car crash that destroyed the rapper's voice also cut short his time in the spotlight before he'd had a chance to really cement his reputation among the general public. When No One Can Do It

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An early landmark of West Coast rap, the D.O.C.'s debut album, No One Can Do It Better, remains sorely underheard today, largely because the car crash that destroyed the rapper's voice also cut short his time in the spotlight before he'd had a chance to really cement his reputation among the general public. When No One Can Do It Better was released the West Coast had just started to break nationally thanks to the gangsta movement and wasn't known for much outside of N.W.A and Ice-T. In the D.O.C., however, the scene found a new level of credibility: a highly skilled battle rhymer who could hold his own with any East Coast lyrical virtuoso. Though his chops are rarely mentioned in the same breath, the D.O.C. clearly ranks up near the master technicians of the era, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane; while he may not be as smooth as the former or as spectacularly wordy as the latter, he has a distinctively rough, commanding voice and an aggressive, hard-hitting flow all his own. There's another important reason to hear No One Can Do It Better: it's where Dr. Dre's legend as a producer really begins. Straight Outta Compton notwithstanding, Dre truly comes into his own here, crafting funky, varied tracks that blend synths, drum machines, samples, and live instrumentation. You won't hear anything that resembles a blueprint for The Chronic, but sonically, they're as rich as anything around at the time. Both Dre and the D.O.C. are remarkably consistent throughout, so special mention has to go to the rousing N.W.A posse cut "The Grand Finalé," which even features DJ Yella on live drums. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/1989
Label:
East/West Records
UPC:
0075679127525
catalogNumber:
91275
Rank:
43830

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

D.O.C.   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eazy-E   Vocals
Ice Cube   Vocals
Stan Jones   Guitar,Bass Guitar
MC Ren   Vocals
Dr. Dre   Vocals
J.J. Fad   Vocals
Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton   Keyboards
Krazy-Dee   Vocals
Michel'le   Vocals
Yella   Drums
Yomo & Maulkie   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eazy-E   Executive Producer
Leon F. Sylvers   Composer
Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer
George Clinton   Composer
D.O.C.   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Donovan Sound   Engineer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer

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No One Can Do It Better 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
combine superbly produced music and insanely awesome lyrics and you get No One Can Do It Better. the D.O.C. is a one of a kind rapper, his skills are untouchable. this album is a true masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im not sure how the guy who wrote this review said that this album lacks in the lyrical department cuz this is great lyrical and beat album..You gotta hear whirlwind pyramid, bad a$$ lyrics. If you have never heard this buy it you will be in awe.