Seminal West Coast rapper the D.O.C.'s long-awaited album "The Deuce" will finally see the light of day Feb. 25 on Silverback Records/RUMM/RED. The album, rumored for release as early as a year ago, w

Seminal West Coast rapper the D.O.C.'s long-awaited album "The Deuce" will finally see the light of day Feb. 25 on Silverback Records/RUMM/RED. The album, rumored for release as early as a year ago, will be the rapper's first effort in six years, and features guest appearances by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Nate Dogg, and more.

The album's first single will be "Tha S***" featuring Snoop, Cube, and MC Ren. Dre lends his vocals to the track "Gorilla Pimpin'," also one of many tracks featuring the D.O.C.'s protege, young Dallas-based MC 6Two. Nate Dogg and Kurupt guest on "Concrete Jungle." Production for the album was handled by the D.O.C. with Jah Born, Jazze Pha, Erotic D, and Organized Noise Productions.

The release of "The Deuce" was delayed so extensively because the D.O.C. was intent on self-releasing the album, to make a name for his Dallas-based Silverback Records, and had to secure distribution, marketing, and promotion help. Silverback ended up signing a deal with RED Distribution's RUMM division (Red Urban Music Marketing).

The D.O.C. was one of the original West Coast rappers, working with Dr. Dre prior to the formation of N.W.A. and collaborating as a lyricist on that group's "Straight Outta Compton" album. He later had a hit with his solo album "No One Can Do It Better" (Ruthless), which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in September 1989.

However, in November of that year, the rapper was involved in a car accident that crushed his larynx and almost killed him. Reconstructive surgery allowed him to speak again, but his voice was very different, evidenced by a guest spot on Dre's classic 1992 album "The Chronic" (Death Row) as well as his own 1996 comeback album "Helter Skelter" (Giant).

Here is the track list for "The Deuce":

"Music Business"
"Intro"
"Concrete Jungle" (featuring Nate Dogg & Jazze Pha)
"Tha S***" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube & MC Ren)
"What Would You Do?"
"Psychic Pimp Hotline"
"Gorilla Pimpin" (featuring Dr. Dre)
"Judgement Day" (featuring Dr. Dre)
"Soliliquy"
"Ghetto Blues"
"All in the Family"
"Critical Condition"
"Touch of Blues"
"Mentally Disturbed"
"Safari West"
"D.F.W."
"Simple As That"
"Playboy"
"Snoop Props"