Saturday Sample Session- The D.O.C

The D.O.C….

Released his debut album ‘No One Can Do It Better’ in 1989. The album reached number-one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for two weeks and spawned two number one hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart: It’s Funky Enough and The D.O.C. & The Doctor. But my favorite song off the album was The Formula.

The D.O.C was at the top of his game. ‘No One Can Do It Better’ was a classic. It took 5 years to go platinum, but that doesn’t matter. At least it didn’t back then.

At the time, he was signed to Ruthless Records. Though he was from Texas, he had the bars and the swag to blend in effortlessly with the West Coast crew. He did it so well, many fans were shocked to learn that he wasn’t from Compton.

In late 1989, months after the release of ‘No One Can Do It Better’, The D.O.C. suffered a serious car crash that resulted in the crushing of his larynx, permanently changing his voice.

It appeared to be the end of his career, but he did some ghostwriting for ‘The Chronic’ album. He was also featured on a few songs, and appeared on the $20 sack pyramid skit track. By this time he had already left Ruthless and was signed to Death Row Records.

But in 1994 he left Death Row Records after falling out with Dre after allegedly not being paid for his work ghostwriting at Death Row. A few years later and after regaining his voice, D.O.C released, ‘Helter Skelter’ in 1996, and ‘Deuce’ in 2003.

The Sylvers Saturday Sample Session with the D.O.C
The Sylvers

The Sylvers…

Were a well respected family in the music industry. Many compared them to the Jacksons. And like the Jacksons, they were all musicians.

But like Debarge, they were a multi-ethnic family. Their mother was of Irish, Italian and African American descent. Their father Leon Sylvers was an African American musician from Nashville, TN. It’s been said that they met at the University of Tennessee (don’t ask which one).

Leon put all of his musical attention into his children. There were 10 of them, and 9 would perform in the family band at one time or another. In their early years as performers they called themselves The Little Angels. But once they signed to MGM, they changed their name to The Sylvers. This was around 1971.

They released three albums between 1972-1974. But in 1973, the oldest brother Leon wrote an uptempo song for the group called Misdemeanor (Though the song originally featured Edmund on lead, it was passed to Foster due to Edmund’s voice change). That would prove to be a good move. It received major airplay on many R&B radio stations.

This song later regained popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s after it was sampled by Dre for a song by The D.O.C. entitled It’s Funky Enough. Leon Sylvers III would eventually become one of the most successful producers in the late 1970s to the mid-1980s through his association with Dick Griffey’s SOLAR Records.

This song reminds me of the Jackson 5. What do ya’ll think?

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