It’s hard not to miss the rap and hip-hop from the golden days of the 80’s and 90’s. Watching Straight Outta Compton last summer brought back memories to everyone of how great N.W.A. was, and how fresh and relevant their music was at the time (and sadly still is).
Watching HBO’s The Defiant Ones has introduced me to a number of other rappers from Ruthless Records I was not aware of, even if their songs have left prevalent marks on popular music. Take “It’s Funky Enough” by The D.O.C., which begins with the “Ya’ll ready for this”, a simple line which has been sampled up the wazoo, opening sporting events and dance parties for years following the song’s original release in 1989.
The track, which was the lead single from The D.O.C.‘s debut album No One Can Do It Better, features the clear, fresh production of Dr. Dre, a tinge of reggae in The D.O.C.‘s delivery, and lyrically is surprisingly tame (no cursing, only light threats of violence). And like so much of the best rap from that era, the song has a versatile breadth, and can play just as well at a party as it would on a work out mix. Those songs were for cruising and clubs, the beach and bed rooms.
Despite a near-fatal accident that damaged his vocal chords, D.O.C. has been quietly working on rehabilitating his voice over the years and recording new music (his last full album came out in 2003). Until new tunes are released, throw yourself back to the late 80’s and enjoy some of his classic work.