Our takeaways from The D.O.C's time at JMC

We recap on the most important takeaways from The D.O.C's time here at JMC Academy... 

On the 17th of November, legendary albeit little well-known
rapper and songwriter The D.O.C, kicked off the second night of his Speaking Tour in Brisbane at JMC Academy, coming from Perth and continuing on to Melbourne, and ending in Sydney. Each night of his tour, The D.O.C walked into the room with such exuberance, keen to talk to and hopefully inspire a room full of creative minds. 

“We are vessels. We are vessels as artists, we are vessels for… the people, the listener.” The D.O.C said. “We’re here for them. I can’t tell you how many times somebody said, “Man, your songs got me through this. Your music got me through that.” That’s a divine thing. That’s why we’ve got the gift.”

For those who don’t know his story, The D.O.C is known as one of the best songwriters in the history of hip hop and rap, working and having close friendships with heavyweights Dr Dre, Easy-E, Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Nate Dogg and MC Breed to name a few. He has tallied over $30 million in sales, rarely seeing a dime for his contributions to hit albums such as N*ggas4Life (1991) and Straight Outta Compton (1988). Developing a drug and alcohol addiction at his height of fame, The D.O.C was in a terrible car accident which ultimately ended with him losing his voice. It was this accident that gave him his ‘true’ voice – his pen. The D.O.C began ghost-writing for many of his colleagues and friends, rarely receiving any acknowledgement or royalties for what he created. 

DOC2syd.jpgWith a voice demanding to be heard, so unique and powerful that every person in the room was entranced from the moment he took the microphone, The D.O.C refused to sugar coat any details. He spoke about his accident with such transparency, his two daughters and son who are “his reason to live”, and how after decades of being told his vocal cords would never work again, they sprang back to life whilst completing a stint in prison. Having been rehabilitated, D.O.C re-entered the world where he was prepared to go back to writing, and performing.
It was only back in October 2015 that The D.O.C returned to the stage, in his hometown of Dallas no less, after 25 years away. The performance was received with raving reviews, fans overly grateful and ecstatic that their hero had returned. 

The D.O.C has had a very checkered and unconventional life, but he only spoke with honesty, love, and respect during his speaking tour. The D.O.C had many lessons and truths to bestow on the audience; however there is no denying that his main intention, the reason behind the whole tour and coming to Australia, was to help prevent the next generation from making the same mistakes he did

“Avoid drugs, your own ego, and anyone who can prevent you from getting all that you deserve out of the work you do.” The D.O.C said with substantial force. “Never let them take advantage of your gift. Don’t do it. You’re doing a disservice to the person or the spirit that gave you that gift. You’re doing a disservice to yourself. You’re doing a disservice to the people that love you. You’re doing a disservice to the art in general. Don’t let the snakes win. Don’t give away your art for free.”

Every single person who came to see The D.O.C walked away with an in-depth insight into the industry and how success can sometimes turn out to be a double-edged sword. More than that, every person also walked out of the JMC auditoriums with a smile from ear to ear. 

If there is one thing to take away from The D.O.C Speaking Tour, it is to never let anyone take advantage of you, always to be true to yourself and your craft, and to always have the confidence in yourself and your gift.

We've rounded up some of our favourite D.O.C quotes from his tour. Have a look... 

  • But as long as its with love, you’re winning. Love kicks hates ass every day.
  • When you’re creating, you need to be aware enough to know when you’re not being good. Or surround yourself with people who love you enough to tell you.
  • When you align with your purpose you make great art.
  • (On working in the studio) You just gotta be free man. Let it go. If you go in with an agenda, nine times out of 10 you’re gonna screw the pooch, right. Because its not gonna be what ya hear in your head, and, 9 times out of 10 its not gonna be the session that you intended. doc444.jpg
  • The art form is not composed of a place or a space or a time. So you should take whats unique about you and build on that.
  • When Hip Hop was first born in my mind, the four corners where, peace, love, unity and having fun. Now its money, money, money and money. And so, if those things are important to you then mind that, but, I think Hip Hop is crying and dying to get back to peace, love, unity and happiness. 
Thank you to such an incredible man for coming to JMC Academy and thank you to everyone who attended. 

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