The Grind Date [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
De La Soul were interrupted just before they could deliver the third volume in their AOI series -- projected to be a DJ album -- to Tommy Boy. The label perhaps bailed out from a 15-year relationship precisely because the group was going to release such a commercially bankrupt title, one that was planned instead to appear on an independent label run by Maseo. De La Soul quickly realized they couldn't go ahead with the plan after signing their AOI label to Sanctuary, so they wrote a new record, The Grind Date. Although it may see them settling into a holding pattern, at least the pattern of 2001's AOI: Bionix is one that any hip-hop fan won't mind hearing repeated. Better yet,...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
De La Soul were interrupted just before they could deliver the third volume in their AOI series -- projected to be a DJ album -- to Tommy Boy. The label perhaps bailed out from a 15-year relationship precisely because the group was going to release such a commercially bankrupt title, one that was planned instead to appear on an independent label run by Maseo. De La Soul quickly realized they couldn't go ahead with the plan after signing their AOI label to Sanctuary, so they wrote a new record, The Grind Date. Although it may see them settling into a holding pattern, at least the pattern of 2001's AOI: Bionix is one that any hip-hop fan won't mind hearing repeated. Better yet, it boasts productions from an excellent cast of figures -- partner in crime Supa Dave West, author of the best tracks on their AOI series, J-Dilla, who's stretching out his patented read: overdone sound to embrace classic hip-hop, an only slightly commercialized Madlib, and young phenom 9th Wonder. Madlib gets what must be the first lead single of his career, a bright, antimaterialist tale called "Shopping Bags She Got From You" that thumps like a club tune, but lurches as only the Beat Conductor could do it. "Verbal Clap" finds J-Dilla allowing some grit into his productions, and Supa Dave only continues floating the most fluidly catchy productions of any rap producer in action. Meanwhile, De La Soul voices Posdnuos and Dave balance their time breezing easy on bumping message tracks with a few old-school shots that show them a bit defensive about the passing of time. Check out "Come On Down," a Madlib-produced shot with Flava Flav, or "Days of Our Lives" featuring Common. Without a concept to tout, The Grind Date doesn't gel like AOI: Bionix, but it does show De La Soul keeping everything together more than 15 years after their debut. After all, you certainly wouldn't see MF Doom guesting on a Tone-Loc record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768751224
  • Catalog Number: 87512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Future (3:49)
  2. 2 Verbal Clap (3:16)
  3. 3 Much More - Yummy (4:05)
  4. 4 Shopping Bags (She Got from You) (3:57)
  5. 5 The Grind Date (3:22)
  6. 6 Church (5:32)
  7. 7 It's Like That - Carl Thomas (4:36)
  8. 8 He Comes - Ghostface Killah (3:44)
  9. 9 Days of Our Lives - Common (3:51)
  10. 10 Come on Down - Flava Flav (5:01)
  11. 11 No - Butta Verses (4:34)
  12. 12 Rock Co.Kane Flow - MF Doom (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
De La Soul Primary Artist
Flavor Flav Vocals, Rap
Carl Thomas Vocals
Vincent Mason Vocals
Ghostface Killah Vocals
Dennis Coles Vocals
Common Vocals
Maseo Rap
Danea Mitchell Wallace Vocals
Bonz Malone Vocals
Kelvin Mercer Vocals
Yummy Bingham Vocals
Daniel Dumile Vocals
Lonnie Lynn Vocals
Butta Verses Rap, Track Performer
David Jolicouer Vocals
Posdnous Rap
Yummy Rap
Trugoy Rap
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Rick Wakeman Composer
Jon Anderson Composer
Steve Howe Composer
Jermaine Jackson Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer
Marlon McClain Composer
William "Billy" Beck Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
De La Soul Composer, Executive Producer
Hazel Jackson Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Norman Landsberg Composer
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks Composer
Felix Pappalardi Composer
Roland Romanelli Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Carl Thomas Composer
Jay Dee Composer, Producer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Leslie Weinstein Composer
Ghostface Killah Composer
Dave West Composer
Spike Lee Introduction
MF Doom Composer
Didier Marouani Composer
Carlos Cano Engineer
Brian Garten Engineer
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Marvin Pierce Composer
Madlib Composer, Producer
Stephen Glicken Engineer
Supa Dave West Producer, Audio Production
9th Wonder Composer, Producer
J Dilla Audio Production
Jake One Composer, Producer
Joe Nardone Engineer
Dave Dag Engineer
Butta Verses Composer
John Ventura Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey Hey Slick

    This is a slick album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC ALBUM!!!

    This CD embodies the formula for a hip hop classic. From beginning to end there is solid production and VERY raw lyrics. The album has a pure, old school feel; however, it shows De La's maturity. On this CD, the trio comes off like the gatekeepers of pure hip hop; not mad rappers. They sound more content with their carving in hip hop history. Every guest MC carried their own weight, but never outshined Pos and Dave. This disc is classic. They stuck to these fundamentals for a successful album. 1. Less than 13 tracks. 2. Each track under 5 minutes. 3. Only guest appearances by mc's the artist(s) respects. 4. The artist(s) are not compromising the music trying to make childhood friends successful. 5. No long interludes to take away from the music. 6. No over produced tracks with recycled samples. 7. The artist(s) must focus on the entire album and not just two club bangers!! Lastly number, 8. The artist(s) must believe in themselves and the music. The use of these fundamentals are evident on the Grind Date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FINALLY SOME REAL HIPHOP

    DE LA ALWAYS REPRESENT,HOT ALBUM,FINALLY SOME GOOD HIPHOP I CAN LISTEN TO.

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