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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 044006336923
  • Catalog Number: 063369
  • Sales rank: 25,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dog Intro (3:32)
  2. 2 My Life - Chinky (3:09)
  3. 3 Where the Hood At (4:46)
  4. 4 Dogs Out (4:03)
  5. 5 Get It on the Floor - Swizz Beatz (4:22)
  6. 6 Come Prepared (Skit) (0:35)
  7. 7 Shot Down - Styles P (3:42)
  8. 8 Bring the Noize (3:30)
  9. 9 Untouchable - Sheek (6:05)
  10. 10 F*** Y'All (3:43)
  11. 11 Ruff Radio (Skit) (0:43)
  12. 12 We're Back - Jadakiss (4:25)
  13. 13 Ruff Radio 2 (Skit) (0:18)
  14. 14 Rob All Night (If I'm Gonna Rob) (3:27)
  15. 15 We Go Hard - Cam'ron (3:36)
  16. 16 We 'Bout to Blow - Big Stan (3:31)
  17. 17 The Rain (3:27)
  18. 18 Gotta Go (Skit) (1:07)
  19. 19 Don't Gotta Go Home - Monica (4:17)
  20. 20 A A'Yo Kato - Val (3:46)
  21. 21 Thank You (3:01)
  22. 22 The Prayer V (1:47)
  23. 23 On Top - Big Stan (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DMX Primary Artist
Cross Track Performer
Monica Background Vocals
R.J. Guitar
Bam Drums, Keyboards
Jay "Icepick" Jackson Skit
Joaquin "Waah" Dean Skit
Bashir Fadai Vocals
Technical Credits
Tina Davis Executive Producer
Rich Keller Engineer
James Parker Composer
J.C. Phillips Composer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
DJ Scratch Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
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
Dame 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dissapointing dmx can do much better

    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"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    X Gone out with a BANG!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better then the last album!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd is bomb

    this is one of the best cds he has it has awesome songs like where the hood at shot down

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