Today, June 10, is the birthday of Los Angeles rapper Tracy Curry, a.k.a The D.O.C. The West Coast rapper turns 49 today.

The MC first got into rap when he was growing up in Dallas, Tx. D.O.C. first went by the moniker Doc-T and was a member of the rap crew Fila Fresh Crew before moving out to L.A. and signing to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. D.O.C. would go on to contribute lyrics to both N.W.A's debut album Straight Outta Compton and Eazy's solo debut Eazy Duz It. In 1989, D.O.C. stepped into the spotlight himself when he dropped his own full-length debut album, the Dr. Dre-produced No One Can Do It Better. Thanks to singles like "It's Funky Enough" and "The Formula," and Dre's signature beats, No One Can Do It Better reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 20 on the Billboard 200.

Sadly, just five months after dropping the standout debut in 1989, the legendary rhymer his vocal cords during a severe car accident that more or less ended his rap career.
But remarkably in 2015, The D.O.C. announced that his voice had been restored. "To anyone interested. Yes. It came back on its own," he tweeted on the anniversary of the car accident. "Had it almost a year. Came back while I was locked up. Why finally speak now? Why not."

Happy Birthday to The D.O.C.!

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