What happened? On November 17, 1989—mere months after the release of his classic debut album No One Can Do It Better—The D.O.C. got drunk, drove his car down Ventura Freeway, fell asleep at the wheel, and eventually slammed face first into a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Complex says: Probably the saddest story on this list, the damage to D.O.C.’s vocal cords turned his voice from slick to hoarse and basically ended his rap career. One of the greatest wordsmiths of the ‘80s—with enough bars to give Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G Rap a run for their money—D.O.C. would go on to drop two more albums, Helter Skelter in 1996 and Deuce in 2003, but he simply wasn’t the same.