Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 10, 1968), better known by his stage name The D.O.C. Also known as Doc-T, The Diggy Diggy Doc is an American rapper from Dallas. In addition to a solo career, he was a member of the hip hop group Fila Fresh Crew and later collaborated with gangsta rap group N.W.A, where he co-wrote many of their releases as well as Eazy-E’s solo debut album Eazy-Duz-It. He has also worked with Dr. Dre, who is one of the founding members of N.W.A and produced two of his solo albums.
In addition to a solo career, he was a member of the hip hop group Fila Fresh Crew and later collaborated with gangsta rap group N.W.A, where he co-wrote many of their releases as well as Eazy-E’s solo debut album Eazy-Duz-It. He has also worked with Dr. Dre, who is one of the founding members of N.W.A and produced two of his solo albums.
In 1989, he released his debut album, ”No One Can Do It Better”
which 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”
“The D.O.C. & The Doctor”
The album went platinum five years after its release. In late 1989, months after the release of No One Can Do It Better, The D.O.C. almost died when a car accident occurred. When the arriving paramedics tried to insert a breathing tube, he fought them, which caused his larynx to be scarred. In a flash, his melodic, sing-song flow and famous verbal dexterity was gone.
In 1991, The D.O.C left Ruthless Records along with Suge Knight, Dr. Dre and Michel’le to sign with newly founded Death Row Records. Dr. Dre also used his talents as one of the writers for his debut solo album The Chronic, contributing to the tracks “Lil’ Ghetto Boy”, “A Nigga Witta Gun”, and “Bitches Ain’t Shit”. He also appeared on the skit track “The $20 Sack Pyramid”. He is referenced by name in “Nuthin’ but a G Thang”, and appears in the song’s video as well. The liner notes to The Chronic say, “I want to give a special shout out to The D.O.C. for talking me into doin’ this album.” His name is mentioned by Snoop Dogg in the intro of the album. (“Peace to da D.O.C., still makin’ it funky enough”).
Though he would go on to ghostwrite big hits from Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, like Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang, Lil Ghetto Boy, Serial Killa, The Next Episode and many more. Since his recovery, he has released two more albums, Helter Skelter in 1996 and ”Deuce” in 2003, both released 7 years apart.
Since 2006, The D.O.C. has been working on new material for his fourth album Voices through Hot Vessels.
October , 2015 at a club in his hometown on Saturday night, he performed what was billed as his first show in decades. Playing old hits and some new songs before an ecstatic crowd, he was flanked by singer Erykah Badu (the mother of his daughter Puma) and Scarface, the Geto Boys rapper who went on to become one of the south’s most-lauded rappers – perhaps in DOC’s place. By all accounts, it was a high-energy, inspiring performance.
The D.O.C. dated Erykah Badu for several years but never married. Together they have a daughter named Puma Curry, born on July 5, 2004. Prior to Badu The D.O.C. dated Shannon Hendricks while living in Pasadena California. They never had children.