Doc Brown- The Document

January 16th, 2005

The Document is a very well rounded, confident collection of tracks, showcasing a very listenable rapper who impresses over a selection of solid and captivating beats. There’s very few, if any tracks that require the fast-forward button, suggesting that during its creation, there was a real focus on only including the best quality tunes in stock. Similarly to what many thought of the CD by Brown’s label mate Yungun, this is a very beneficial release for the UK hip-hop scene, consisting of authentic accents and natural choices of subject matters over a variety of great pieces of production, which culminates in a final product not just suited to the seasoned UK rap head.

From the beginning of the album, interesting words, their high quality delivery and some addictive choruses make each song a memorable experience. Economic violin and a deep bassline on the Makani produced ‘Survival’ sets the mood for tracks to follow, including one highlight ‘Family Ties’ featuring the smooth vocals of Luc Skyz & Antoine Stone. ‘Stomp’ produced by Nutty P has a great chanted chorus of ‘Oh My Days’ which is likely to be one of several nice moments when this LP begins to be toured. ‘Feel Me’ is a high energy affair with a strong party vibe to it. The rapping is hard hitting and the beat by C-Swing is beyond head nodding and comfortably in break your neck territory.

The lead single ‘Do It’, another extremely well produced contribution by C-Swing sounds like something you wouldn’t be surprised to hear on mainstream national radio, although the difference is that the lyrics of this are far more valuable in comparison to the FM wave’s noise. In a motivational manner, Doc encourages listeners to grab hopes and dreams and suggests that desires can become reality if footsteps of a positive nature are taken. Mid song, something somewhere in the layers of niceness switches up, and takes the feel good vibe to even greater heights.

Much of the album is of an autobiographical nature, with songs such as ‘Love Me The Right Way’ and ‘Alone’ featuring Reveal offering the audience story telling of a personal perspective. The artist steps beyond this on the likes of ‘What We Came 4’ featuring Poisonous Poets which is a loud example of the strength of that crew, and ‘Characters’ where Doc Brown talks through several case studies of personalities in his neighbourhood. On ‘Love Letters’, the flow of the vocals shows how versatile the rhyming skills and their delivery can be and how blatantly able this guy and album is. If you’re a fan of hip-hop, it’s hard to think of you not finding a lot of valuable content here.