Hip Hop pioneer, The DOC, will take the stage for his first live performance in 30 years at the Punk In Drublic Festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, April 22. Fans are thrilled to see the Dallas-bred rapper and songwriter perform following his near-fatal car accident that left his vocal cords damaged for life.
The festival lineup, which includes rock bands like NOFX, Circle Jerks, Subhumans, and Pennywise, confirms The DOC will appear alongside recent collaborators, The Codefendants. The rapper, whose debut album No One Can Do It Better exploded in 1989, has since recorded music behind closed doors. In March, he released his first verse in 19 years on The Codefendants’ new track, “Fast Ones.”
“I never stopped recording,” The DOC revealed. “I’ve been recording music the whole 20 years. I just recorded for myself. If it’s not something that the machine deems commercially viable, then the chances are the people from my past who I would have dealt with wouldn’t have been very accepting of it. So I do it for the love of doing it.”
Although The DOC has become disillusioned with the music business, he is excited to perform for his fans. “I haven’t been on stage rapping in front of a crowd of people of any consequence in more than 30 years,” he said. “So I’m about to do that for the first time. Well, wait a minute. I did get on the stage with [Fat] Mike a couple of years ago, but I’m talking about rapping, where I’m rapping words, and people are listening and probably knowing some of the words and will probably be saying the words. I haven’t done that in 30 years.”
Don’t miss The DOC’s highly anticipated performance at Punk In Drublic Festival, which will be his first proper live show in three decades.