When speaking on Tracy Curry aka the D.O.C there are a few things you have to understand. 1. He is one the best emcee to come out of Dallas 2. Though he is not from L.A he is as vital to the development of west coast rap as any artist to come out of California 3. At the time of his unfortunate car accident in L.A in 1990 he was one of the best emcees in hip hop period.
If you came up on hip hop in the late 80s and early 90s no matter where you were from you inevitiably heard and rocked with the D.O.C his influence was everywhere. D.O.C was basically an unofficial member of N.W.A. Before hooking up with Dre and moving to L.A he was a part of the Fila Fresh Crew in Dallas and had made quite a name for himself in the city. He became a second set of ears and as close to a production partner with Dr. Dre as you could get. He also wrote songs for Eazy E and Dre and guided the career of a young Snoop Dogg and other artist on the Death Row label. All of this before he dropped his own album “No One Can Do it Better” which had contributions from all 5 members of N.W.A and is widely regarded as a benchmark in lyricism in hip hop. The D.O.C helped make Texas a destination for hip hop.
While living in L.A D.O.C was living a destructive lifestyle by his own account. It was the classic case of a boy from Dallas to big bad Los Angeles. The D.O.C. was riding high, literally and figuratively, as he drove his brand-new sports car west on the Ventura Freeway toward his Calabasas home late one November night in 1989. He almost died when a car accident resulted in crushing his larynx, permanently changing his voice. The accident changed his life and the course of west coast hip hop by taking his voice but since then he has concentrated on production and development of other artists especially in his hometown of Dallas.
Check out this interview with D.O.C as he Premieres Recovered Voice