This article is about DJ rapper Dr. Rock. For Irish-born BBC radio presenter Dr Rock, see Charles White (Dr Rock).
Cleophus "Dr. Rock" Turner began his career as one of the original Discjockeys, self dubbed, "the only pop-locking DJ in L.A.", in Lonzo's Wreckin' Cru during the early '80s. This group included Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, who would later achieve fame as both a rapper and a producer in the group NWA and later in his solo career. When the crew made the transition from being a mobile DJ group to recording and performing music, Turner left the group and relocated to Dallas, Texas.
Once in Dallas, Turner took local listeners by storm by being the first DJ in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to feature turntablism (Mixing, Scratching, Rotations, etc.) as part of his regular mix shows which aired every Friday and Saturday nights on radio station KNOK-FM beginning in 1984. Turner also had DJ stints in clubs and skating rinks in Dallas including the Twlight Skating Rink in Pleasant Grove, the Shamrock Skating Rink in Lancaster and Club Countach in Garland.
Dr. Rock was constantly joined at the hip to fellow Radio Mixshow DJ Ushy Eron. DJ Ushy, as he was simply called, was the most popular mixshow DJ locally until the emergence of Dr. Rock. Other than both being party DJs who vocally augmented their performances, Ushy's show featured more party and go-go music in which he believed in "straight R&B" mixes without scratching while Rock played hip-hop music and included more turntable tricks.
Dr. Rock worked with many artists and deejays such as, Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., The Fila Fresh Crew, Sean "Barney" Thomas, Dezire and DJ Willie Fressh.
Dr. Rock scooped the local hip-hop scene and gathered rapper Fresh K and rapper Doc T to form the Fila Fresh Crew. Dr. Rock is not a legally certified doctor, the title is merely an embellishment of his DJ name, as was common in the rap scene in the '80s and '90s. Other examples of falsified titles include Inspector Deck, Professor Griff, and Master Killer. Dr. Rock who DJed alongside Dr. Dre in the days of the Wreckin' Cru, called up the west coast producer to check out his new group. Dre was impressed with the trio and invited them to Los Angeles to work on the "Dunk The Funk" single. The Fila Fresh Crew released several singles and a full-length album in the late 1980s before splitting up. Former member Doc T remained with Dre and the new N.W.A. group and launched a career of his own under the name The D.O.C. Before fading into obscurity, Dr. Rock gathered some local Dallas producers and launched a solo album of his own in 1991 under the pseudonym Fela Fresh Crew. The Fela Fresh Crew recorded a song called "Out Of K's" which ended up on Dr. Dre's compilation album "Dr. Dre 2003".