The D.O.C. Prepares For Vocal Chord Surgery

The "No One Can Do It Better" emcee gears up for a life altering surgery and a new album with the likes of Andre 3000, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik and more.

One of west coast Hip Hop's most influential voices of the early 90's, The D.O.C., is undergoing serious surgery to repair his vocal chords. The D.O.C. recently spoke with DubCNN about this forthcoming procedure, sharing his thoughts on the process. 

"I feel pretty good, trying not to get too emotional about it one way or the other," he explained. "But you know, if I go and see what these people can do and if they can give me just a little more power and control of my sound, then the world changes. I can’t even explain to you how the whole rap thing changes like overnight...I am really excited."

The No One Can Do It Better emcee is currently working on a new project with many longtime friends, affiliates and colleagues. For now, this new album stands untitled but it will be an album where other artists "are going to be the voice" of D.O.C., a collaborative effort that will include mainstream artists as well as unknown emcees. 

"I’m building an album now, right at this very moment, with a lot of my old friends like DJ Quik, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Andre 3000, and E-40. I’m going to get everybody and do this record. I don’t know what it is going to be called yet, but a lot of the music on this record will be new artists. I am going to write the record and produce the record, but I am going to find young people around America, for lack of a better way to put it, to be my voice for me until I get my voice back...That’s going to be the M.O., to help find the people that are going to be the voice for me on this record. So it may be someone with no record ever and [they will] be on a song with Snoop or Cube or 3000 or this person or that person, produced by me. Maybe after I have this surgery and spend some time recuperating, I can go back in and re-record the parts that were supposed to be mine over again."

He also added that faith takes an important role in his situation, acknowledging how inspirational his comeback can be.

"I am putting it into God’s hands and I got faith that he didn’t bring me all this way for nothing. My spirit is good, I’m not the same alcoholic kid that I used to be, I am not concerned about how many joints I can smoke, how much money I can have in my pocket, my idea of things have changed. My story is a great one, I think that me making it this far is such a remarkable thing that it has to give people who are going through other issues in their life the sign to say no matter what, never give up, you dream no matter what, as long as you’re breathing; as long as you are above the ground there is always opportunity and God is always waiting to give you exactly what you want if you believe hard enough."

Earlier this year, D.O.C. spoke with HipHopDX's Paul W. Arnold regarding the surgery. That interview can be read here. The complete DubCNN interview can be read here

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13 Comments

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon Penrith

    There are many reasons why you acquire bone or joint injury, it's no secret particularly if you're very active in physical activities like exercise, construction work or anything that requires you to exert strong physical effort every time you're doing some livelihood task.

  • Wurm

    Any update on when the D.O.C. will be having his surgery?

  • TheDivinePower

    GOD Bless You DOC youre truley a motivation to all.I pray your voice will be restored 100 fold and you will use it to do good with.Amen

  • set_trip

    With all the connections dude made playing the background all these years...if dude gets his voiceback, its not DETOX that everyone will be wating on, in the west.

  • Anonymous

    hopefully everything goes well with the surgery

  • trippdaddy

    Its true that the game dosent' change. Just the faces. But one thing is for certain. Those rare influences on not only the sound, but the culture of our music is about to be put to the test. DOC undoubtfully released one of our most timeless classic albums with NO ONE CAN DO IT BETTER.. It will be intresting to see if time will play on anything this MC will bring to the table. Or, will his life works of penning hits for others be his lasting footnotes of an unblemised career. Go get'em DOC..

  • insanemacbeth

    hope it works out well, bro.

  • yess

    i don't care how old this nigga is. if he gets his voice back, look out. this nigga has penned more classic verses than just about anyone. he had snoop sounding like a focused killer on blue carpet treatment. he had dre sounding like the biggest boss on the west. d.o.c. is one of the dopest ever. and if you doubt that, go spin NO ONE CAN DO IT BETTER and realize he could devour these niggas today with rhymes he wrote over 20 years ago. science is incredible, one of the biggest what ifs in rap is about to be fixed. i want dr. dre on every beat, no one can do it better.

  • Info

    it will be intresting to see, if the D.O.C still got it. good luck to him on his Surgery man

  • Karl Sjoblom

    looking forward to this! Good luck DOC, thanks for the countless hits, real fans know and respect you!

  • GRIM REAPER

    mmmm It will be interesting to see how he brings his pen game on an album.

  • Anonymous

    good fuckin luck man all them hits you wrote rap needs you now nuff respect

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