The Grind Date

The Grind Date

by De La Soul
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The Grind Date

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768751224
catalogNumber: 87512

Album Credits

Performance Credits

De La Soul   Primary Artist
Flavor Flav   Vocals,Rap
Carl Thomas   Vocals
Vincent Mason   Vocals
Trugoy the Dove   Rap
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
Dave Jolicouer   Vocals
Posdnous   Rap
Yummy   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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The Grind Date 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is a slick album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.