The D.O.C. premiered his new David Caplan-directed documentary The DOC at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Friday, June 10, at The Beacon Theatre in New York. The DOC tells the full story of the D.O.C., a.k.a. Tracy Curry in an honest and compelling story detailing his early beginnings in Dallas, Texas all the way to his present endeavors.
During this incredible film, by executive producer Brent Mack, the journey of the D.O.C. dives head first into it with the opening scene of the 1989 life-altering accident in which the D.O.C. lost his voice. From there, his life is shown in vivid detail as told by those close to him. We hear and see how he mentored a young Snoop Dogg on songwriting, how he co-founded the once dynastic Death Row Records with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight and his subsequent falling out, his ghost-writing efforts for N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, the release of his platinum-selling, opus debut album, No One Can Do It Better, and his sometimes painful, yet optimistic journey to finding a way to regain the voice that made him the “boy with the golden voice”.
Concluding the film premiere, the D.O.C. brought out some friends to help him celebrate not only this documentary but his birthday as well. DJ Quik, Tha Dogg Pound, Xzibit, Slick Rick, DJ Evil Dee, and Keith Murray all came out and put on a celebratory performance to remember.
DJ Quik was first on the stage to perform “Tonite” off his 1991 platinum-selling debut album, which was preceded by the story of how the D.O.C. got Quik his deal with Profile Records. During his performance, Quik pulled the Def Squad‘s Keith Murray up onstage from the crowd as the two went back and forth exchanging celebratory chants for the D.O.C.
Next, Kurupt & Daz of The Dogg Pound came out to drop a medley of hits including “The Next Episode”, and “Ain’t No Fun” as the crowd sang along to Nate Dogg‘s verse before Kurupt launched into his verse of the song.
Hip-hop’s greatest storyteller, Slick Rick, was next to join in on the festivities when he came out to perform “Children’s Story” off his 1988 Def Jam solo debut The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
Xzibit then made his way to the stage opening with “Paparazzi” from his 1996 solo debut on Loud Records At the Speed of Life, before concluding the Beacon Theatre show by joining Kurupt, Daz, and DJ Quik to perform “It’s Funky Enough” from The D.O.C.’s 1989 Ruthless Records debut.
The star-studded film includes interviews and appearances from mega-producer and close friend Dr. Dre, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, Erotic D, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Too Short, Xzibit, the late Jewell Caples, Tone Loc, and more.