Grand Champ [Bonus DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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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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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 deserve 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. [The bonus DVD version of Grand Champ is the one to get, offering a tremendous value by appending a career-spanning disc featuring 13 of DMX's videos. Imagery played an important role in DMX's initial appeal, as well as his continued appeal, and these videos showcase precisely why. These are some of the most impressive rap videos ever filmed, so impressive that it's little wonder DMX went on to a remarkable film career relative to his many other rapper-turned-actor peers.]
Rolling Stone - Kelefa Sanneh
He has returned from a two-year absence with Grand Champ, a forceful march through familiar territory.
Vibe
1/2 Lyrically, X's bark still has bite, but it's Grand Champ's sonic overhaul that accounts for the biggest improvement. Damien Lemon

1/2 Lyrically, X's bark still has bite, but it's Grand Champ's sonic overhaul that accounts for the biggest improvement. Damien Lemon
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498608036
  • Catalog Number: 000116602

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 (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 Louch (6:05)
  10. 10 F*** Y'all (3:43)
  11. 11 Ruff Radiom (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 (3:36)
  16. 16 We 'Bout to Blow (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'yo - Magic (3:46)
  21. 21 Thank You (3:01)
  22. 22 The Prayer V (1:47)
  23. 23 On Top (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DMX Primary Artist
Monica Background Vocals
R.J. Guitar
Bam Drums, Keyboards
Bashir Fadai Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim 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
Keith Slattery Engineer
D. Stinson Composer
Rockwilder Producer
Earl Simmons Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Darryl "Pop" Trotter Producer
A. Hardy Composer
Adam Kagan Engineer
Kanye West Producer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Dame Grease Producer
Patrick Viala Engineer
D. Wilson Composer
Dart Parker Producer
Steve Conover Engineer
Victor Flowers Producer
L. Courtney Composer
Jay "Icepick" Jackson Producer, Executive Producer
Black Moses 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 Producer, Executive Producer
Digital One Engineer
Gerald Flowers Producer
Reggie Flowers Producer
S. Martin Composer
Mac G Producer
Tony "D" Pizarro Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best DMX album EVER!!!!

    This is a most have for any rap fan. It is easily the best DMX album and it has killer beats in almost all his songs. We go hard, shot down, where da good at and get it on the floor are the greatest songs on the CD with great beats that get u head bangin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dog Man X Does It Again

    This being DMX latest CD, Grand Champ. Dmx really shows great work with this album. His lyrics on this Cd are of no other artist. His lyrical style is still strong even after 5 years. He really knows what he wants to say and express's them greatly. I highly recommend Grand Champ to anyone. DMX will not let you down.

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