Then-N.W.A affiliate, The D.O.C. debuted with his solo album in 1989, after being under-credited with being a main writer for their "Straight Outta Compton" record, and Eazy-E's "Eazy-Duz-It". In order to give him all the attention he deserved, Dr. Dre produced the album, giving him the biggest boost possible, and giving Dre a chance to experiment with what would be developmental stages of the creation of the West coast's sub-genre of G-Funk, as he took lots of samples from the P-Funk which came before.
1. "It's Funky Enough"
This was the second single, but the one which had the most impact in the Rap scene as this one has him straight kill it in a way which hadn't really been seen before as Dre's G-Funk sounds come through in the best way with the funky groove from Foster Sylvers pushing it, before it is further driven by the use of classic N.W.A work to give it clear direction. You can't get better than this when it comes to the O.G. G-Funk, and it remains a classic of its kind.
2. "Mind Blowin'"
With this track having Dre use complex layering to build it up, the powerful break that is "Impeach The President" is lost in the use of classic Funk tune from the seventies and eighties, but I wouldn't say that you should dwell on this as it shows that this is the backbone of the thing, and from it gives it a real aim, and you can't say that it wasn't achieved in the resultant track.
3. "Lend Me An Ear"
The way that this one begins indicates the direction it will take as following the short introduction from the rapper, you hear that Dre chooses to drop some breakbeats on this one, and since this was blazing through the Hip hop world at the time with like likes of Big daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and Rakim all tearing it up in this style, you need to hear how he is able to deal with what was then the 'New School's' answer to the likes of Whodini, Fat Boys and Melle Mel.
4. "Comm. Blues" (Lude)
5. "Let The Bass Go"
On top of "The Funky Drummer" Dre uses the Old School grooves in a way which really hadn't been taken up to that point as the flows which The D.O.C. drops on this just kill the thing off, and mean that the Gangsta lyrics show that he knows what people want to hear, and in a way which doesn't directly jack from N.W.A, although he was responsible for a fair majority of what they did, and so he just differentials the pair with rhymes which deal more directly with a street persons view on life, and less of the bigger issues. It is a low-tempo one, and it gets you gently swaying.
6. "Beautiful But Deadly"
This one is a track which does even more to show that he differs from the main N.W.A sound as he does a track which plays around with Rock as you have joined with some Heavy Metal guitaring, and the way that he rides it clearly contrasts from the manner in which Run-D.M.C. would in the fact that he keeps it Gangsta throughout, and doesn't go too far into the general Rock ways. He naive listener probably would compare the two acts and draw similarities between them,. But for me the rawness of it isn't seen in the Run-D.M.C. flows.
7. "The D.O.C. & The Doctor"
This was the lead single from the album, and it begins with some flows which directly take from the Old School days before you hear production which takes this a stage further with the use of the live drumming, rather than electronic stuff, and the way that it is done in such a slow way displays how the West Coats' laid-back attitude comes through in the music. The beats are heavy hear, and really make the tune stand right out as a result and this is needed since I would consider it to be one of the best hear.
8. "No One Can Do It Better"
This is the eponymous track from the album, and has him performing some of the highest-quality material which he is capable of as he does a track which, rarely for the time, features no samples whatsoever from Dre, and instead he comes up with his own original compositions, which directly take from the times which he enjoyed so much.
9. "Whirlwind Pyramid"
Hear you have Dr. Dre using some authentic P-Funk with a sample of Parliament being used as you have this one done in a high tempo and having him working with more Breakbeats. The way that he rides it shows that he is clearly one of the best talents in this end of the US, and the way which his rhymes reflect the title of the tune do even more to boost it along the way. Dre shows off his DJing skills here with lots of tempo switches, transforming, and he even gets the chance to take from his Electro-Hop days at one point.
10. "Comm. 2" (Lude)
11. "The Formula"
This was one of the singles form the album, and as soon as you here how this one begins, you would guess this as it has a much more relaxed and reserved feel to it. I found that it gave a chance for Dre to show that he is capable of driving his funky sounds into work which is likely to be heard by a wider audience to listeners who may not be into the hardcore Gangsta Rap. To those into his biggest jams probably won't enjoy the commercial sound of this one, but not does make sure that it is a bit more complex than this.
12. "Portrait Of A Masterpiece"
In order to show that what was found on the last rack was just a passing phase from him, he gets back to the high-tempo work which has him returning to the heavy rhymes yet again where he is ruthless, and doesn't care about who listens, as long as it feels right to hm. The rapid rhymes on this track are jus above anything else on this album, and the lack of a hook just pushes it even more, and shows that he could probably go on forever.
13. "The Grand Finalé"
To bring the thing to an end, you find that everyone is just having fun by this point as you have DJ Yella just kicking something funky on the drums, and having Dre on the keyboards to push it even more, of course he gives more with a sample of Parliament's "Chocolate City", and the wah-wah sounds here really grabbed me, and from here the appearance of MC Ren and Eazy-E (who D.O.C probably wrote for, if Ice Cube didn't) took it that little bit further
This one is a West Coast classic, but it definitely hasn't received the type of attention which the likes of the other former N.W.A members (such as Eazy, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) received when they all did things alone, but I would have to say that if you enjoyed the early and peak years of N.W.A, you will be into this album too. There isn't a weak point here, if you can forgive "The Formula" and its mainstream sound, so there's no reason not to cop it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 It's Funky Enough
2 Mind Blowin'
3 Lend Me an Ear
4 Comm. Blues
5 Let the Bass Go
6 Beautiful But Deadly
7 D.O.C. & The Doctor
8 No One Can Do It Better
9 Whirlwind Pyramid
10 Comm. 2
12 Portrait of a Master Piece
13 Grand Final?