Helter Skelter
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Studio album by The D.O.C.

Released

January 23, 1996

Recorded

September 1994 - August 1995

Studio

D.A.R.P. Studios
(Atlanta, GA)

Genre(s)

Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, horrorcore

Length

69:40

Label

Giant / Warner Bros. Records

Producer(s)

Wes Crockett (exec.), The D.O.C. (also exec.), Erotic D, Mr. Dave Jacobson (exec.)

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Helter Skelter is the second studio album by American rapper The D.O.C., released in January 23, 1996 on Giant and Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions took place at D.A.R.P. Studios in Atlanta, Georgia from September 1994 to August 1995. Production was entirely handled by Erotic D and The D.O.C.. It includes guest appearances by Jamal, Passion, Voodoo Einstein, Mz. Allen, MC Breed, T-Double, DFC and Eddie Griffin. It was an attempt at making a comeback following the car crash which severely damaged his vocal chords. The album was widely ignored, and has even been discredited by The D.O.C. himself.

The title and concept behind this album were originally developed by Dr. Dre as a collaborative effort between him and Ice Cube, titled Heltah Skeltah. At that time however, The D.O.C. had become disillusioned with Dr. Dre and Death Row Records, having received no payment for his work ghostwriting at Death Row. In late 1994, The D.O.C. left Death Row and headed to Atlanta, Georgia, taking with him lyrics he had written for Heltah Skeltah, and kept the name for his own album to spite Dre. The lyrics were particularly inspired by the writings of conspiracy theorist Milton William Cooper.

The album peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200, and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It received mediocre reviews from critics. Helter Skelter released the singles: "Return of Da Livin' Dead" and "4 My Doggz".


Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" Eddie Griffin Gabriel Erotic D 3:21
2. "Return of da Livin' Dead" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel The D.O.C.Erotic D 3:34
3. "From Ruthless 2 Death Row (Do We All Part)" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Jasper Erotic D 4:26
4. "Secret Plan" The D.O.C. Curry The D.O.C.Erotic D 5:36
5. "Komurshell (Mo' Hair)" - Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 2:21
6. "4 My Doggz" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 4:27
7. ".45 Automatic" The D.O.C., Mally G, Passion Curry, Gabriel, Johnson, Phillips Erotic D 3:58
8. "Sonz o' Light" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 4:04
9. "Bitchez" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 5:13
10. "Interlude" Voodoo Einstien Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 5:02
11. "Da Hereafter" The D.O.C. Curry The D.O.C., Erotic D 4:48
12. "Erotix Shit" The D.O.C., Mz. Allen, Boo Boo Breed, MC Breed, Mally G, T-Double Allen, Breed, Castor, Caudle, Curry, Gabriel, Levbarg, Lewittes, Phillips, Pruitt, Thompson Erotic D 5:04
13. "Welcome to the New World" The D.O.C., Mally G Curry, Gabriel, Phillips Erotic D 2:51
14. "Killa Instinc" The D.O.C. Curry Erotic D 3:36
15. "Komurshell" - Gabriel Erotic D 1:01
16. "Brand New Formula" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel, Gaye, Nyx Erotic D 4:32
17. "Outro" - Curry Erotic D 1:08
18. "Crazy Bitchez" The D.O.C. Curry, Gabriel Erotic D 4:38
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