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Grand Champ
     

Grand Champ

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by DMX
 

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It's often said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and that maxim certainly holds true for the self-professed Grand Champ of canines, DMX, on his album of the same name. For his fifth album in six years, the veteran rapper reprises many of the same themes and motifs that had made his previous efforts so popular among hardcore rap

Overview

It's often said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and that maxim certainly holds true for the self-professed Grand Champ of canines, DMX, on his album of the same name. For his fifth album in six years, the veteran rapper reprises many of the same themes and motifs that had made his previous efforts so popular among hardcore rap fans and influential among his East Coast peers. As usual, he barks at his unnamed adversaries over hard-hitting Ruff Ryder beats, flexes his rhetorical muscle with his ever-confrontational rhyme style, advocates valor and faith while disdaining materialism, and frames his world within a polarized context, drawing a bold line between "dogs" and "cats." By this point, the scenario should be familiar to those who've followed DMX this far into his career; in many ways, his albums are mirror images of each other, in terms of drama, production, ideology, sequencing, and thankfully, to an extent, quality. However, the initial impact that DMX made with his tremendous and industry-changing debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), lessened with each successive follow-up, and Grand Champ is no exception. It's a well-crafted and thought-out album but feels like a sequel, and as such, it serves its purpose: to satisfy fans and move units. The anthemic lead single, "Where the Hood At," is precisely modeled after previous DMX rallying calls like "Ruff Rider Anthem," "What's My Name?," and "Who We Be." Likewise, "Get It on the Floor" is a trademark Swizz Beatz club-banger -- and a remarkable one at that, perhaps one-upping even "Party Up (Up in Here)." Grand Champ closes sentimentally: "Don't Gotta Go Home" is a fractured-relationship duet with Monica that's prime urban crossover material; "A'Yo Kato" is a heartfelt ode to a lost dog with a shuffling, almost Latin beat by Swizz Beatz; and "Thank You" is a rousing gospel-rap tune featuring Patti LaBelle that's surprisingly effective and closes the album with magnificent flair (if not for the obligatory bonus track). Yet it's a long road to this sentimental closing run; for every one of the aforementioned highlights, there's at least one, if not two, run-of-the-mill tracks that warrant no more than a couple listens. Not quite the big comeback DMX needed at this point in his quietly sagging rap career, Grand Champ regardless has its share of highlights. Longtime fans may decide to drop off at about this point, if they hadn't already, while those content with the usual -- or new to DMX -- should find plenty to savor on Grand Champ.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0044006336923
catalogNumber:
063369
Rank:
44658

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

DMX   Primary Artist
Monica   Background Vocals
R.J.   Guitar
Bam   Drums,Keyboards
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Skit
Joaquin "Waah" Dean   Skit
Bashir Fadai   Vocals
Cross   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tina Davis   Executive Producer
Rich Keller   Engineer
James Parker   Composer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Bam   Producer,Vocal Producer
No I.D.   Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Keith Slattery   Engineer
Rockwilder   Producer
Earl Simmons   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Darryl "Pop" Trotter   Producer
Adam Kagan   Engineer
Marc Joseph   Cover Photo
Kanye West   Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Grease   Producer
Deidre Graham   Marketing
Nemo   Producer
Dart Parker   Producer
Steve Conover   Engineer
Victor Flowers   Producer
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Executive Producer
Black Moses   Producer
Mally G.   Producer
Rich Balmer   Engineer
Akisia Grigsby   Art Direction
Tuneheadz Productions   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Ron Browz   Producer
Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic   Engineer
Otto D'Angolo   Engineer
Chico Spades   Engineer
Ryan Bowser   Composer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Mister Devine   Producer
Salam Wreck   Producer
Craig Brodhead   Executive Producer
Darrin "Dee" Dean   Executive Producer
Joaquin "Waah" Dean   Executive Producer
Digital One   Engineer
Gerald Flowers   Producer
Reggie Flowers   Producer
Tishawn Gayle   Marketing
Samira Hall   Marketing
Pam Viala   Engineer
Tony "D" Pizarro   Producer
Shandell Green   Composer
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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Grand Champ 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX really brings it back to the ruff rydin S**T talkin this time around. Some really banging beats too. Hard to compare it to any of the other albums since they all seem great in their own sense. Styles makes one of his first appearances since being released from an assult charge. X has one of the tightest flows, and proves it on GRAND CHAMP
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like dmx because he got a lot of hardness. bud i think he really fell of. i hate 50 cent so shot down makes this album not great for me. x gonna giv it to ya is a good one fo'real bud a lot of stupid ones. i think he fell of because the only f**** thing he raps about is "ima dog i'll teach these cats" "19 years in the game" dog this,dog that.the only good song where he is a lyricist who rhymes not about hisself is "my life" where are this greatest anthems like slippin' and ruff ryders anthem?,don't get me wrong, there are good tracks on the album like "wer'e back", "where the hood at" and "my life"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know the first and second album he put out was HOT, and the third was GOOD. Now when you got the fourth yo, I ma X fan but that fourth cd was garbage. BUT NOW his last cd that he will ever make is BETTER. It beat his fourth album. The album keep Ja Rule in line, set his roles out as a homo thug, who where lipstick and where pumps. Everyone knows he is one, when you give him a bag of EXTASY and ya know the rest right? From the cd my favorite line to Ja & Fake Gotti was... "Since we all right here, you hold my d*** while he suckin it / Never heard that D be runnin, cuz D be gunnin, I beat my d*** and bust off in ya eye so you can see me comin." See the different from fourth cd. So pick up the cd if you didn't cop it yet! ITs a refund from the last cd, trust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best cds he has it has awesome songs like where the hood at shot down