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The Grind Date [Explicit Lyrics]

De La SoulAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0002WZT20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Much More
2. The Grind Date
3. Shopping Bags (She Got from You)
4. No
5. Church
6. It's Like That
7. Rock Co. Cane Flow
8. He Comes
9. Verbal Clap
10. Come On Down
11. Days Of Our Lives
12. The Future

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Studio album featuring Butta Verses, Carl Thomas, Common Sense, Flava Flav, MF. Doom, Ghostface, & Yummy.

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Not only does De La Soul reach a milestone by releasing their seventh studio album, but The Grind Date is their most consistent, cohesive effort since 1996's Stakes Is High. For starters, the team of Supa Dave West, Jay Dee, Madlib, 9th Wonder, and Jake One create a gorgeous collection of tracks for them, ranging from the stirring soulfulness of "The Grind Date" and "Church" to the twitching tenseness of "Rock Co.Kane Flow" and the unabashed funky party on "Verbal Clap." Neither superficially commercial nor stubbornly underground, The Grind Date sounds as though De La have retuned to their own wavelength: provocative lyricism that's forward-thinking without sounding preachy, positive without sounding naïve. While so many of their peers have fallen by the wayside, Posdnuos, Dave (f.k.a. Trugoy), and Mase sound more robust than ever, joined by guests from the underground (MF Doom) and the middle ground (Common). Fifteen years after their head-turning debut 3 Feet High and Rising, De La show renewed life and vigor. --Oliver Wang

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good rap music is now back on the map!!" October 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It would be all too easy to compare albums when a group has dropped over 7 in their career. Personally I only had Stakes Is High before this album, so for me I've taken this album as is, coming out strong in 2004.

The title of the album is so appropriate, because De La Soul was defiantly working hard on their trade to deliver a quality product. The liner notes even include a full calendar, each song representing a month of the year as you can follow De La's grind to put out this album.

De La Soul, who typically do not use a variety of producers through out the course of an album, do an excellent job by bringing in various talent for this effort. Jay Dee (J-Dilla) puts his signature sound early on the album. "Verbal Clap" is has a hard-edge feel to it as Dave matches the intensity ("We present these flares to put fire to your ears to lay smoke like rusty exhaust pipes"). Jay-Dee follows this with his other credit, "Much More" which may be familiar to Chappelle's Show fans, as it was their guest spot for Season 1. This is just an incredible track, smooth samples, hard hitting base... Dave & Pos just kill it. Even the DJ Premier intro speaks volumes ("Micro-wave pop-corn ass ******! We give you much more!!"). One of my favorites.

Super Dave West, is not my favorite producer. For me his beats are hit or miss. While "The Future" is ok, the title track and "No" are forgettable, yet "It's Like That" is great and of Course "He Comes" is incredible. I can see why people will like his tracks, and but regardless certainly all of his tracks on this album are worth a listening too when De La continues to drop gems left and right.

De La also as always taps into the underground scene, with its current greatest beat-makers.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rebirth of hiphop will be dropped now October 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
What a comeback! This album is wonderful. De La comes back after three years off and gives us mostly melodic production, some of the best and inspiring lyrics of their career, and a few noteworthy guests that seem to be in awe of the legends. This marks exactly 15 years since their groundbreaking debut "3 Ft. High & Rising" released. And here they sound revived and almost like they've never left.
After listening to "The Grind Date," I am throughly convinced that De La is best group to ever come from the hiphop culture. They have had a few low points, but overall they consistently make something different, and how they've stuck together all these years is remarkable. You never even see Posdnous guest by himself on somebody else's album, or whatnot. Yes, they've taken a few breaks between albums, but where one of the members go, the other two are always invited along. Exactly what we'd all like to see from every musical group/band.
Focusing on this album, it is very strong from beginning to end, and they keep it short and sweet with twelve tracks, one for each month of the year. The insert is even a small calendar, but almost useless with three months left in the year. Anyways, "Shopping bags" might sound a little commercial, but De La sends a message warning us to watch how our ladies spend our money. Then there is "The Future" and "Rock Co. Kane Flow" (w/ MF Doom) which sound so original and can only be pulled off by De La. "Church" is as good as it sounds, and "Verbal Clap" is straightforward beats and spectacular rhymes. The carefully selected guests contribute much, such as Ghostface on "He Comes," Common on "Days of Our Lives," Butta Verses on "No," and of course the crazy last track with MF Doom. Don't forget Flava Flav on "Come On Down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stakes is high once again October 14, 2004
By B
Format:Audio CD
De La Soul came out in 1988 and dropped a fun little concept album with a hell of a lot of skits on it. They did not talk about thugging, and their subject matter was almost corny at times, and almost always lighthearted. But they could MC. Instead of being stubborn and continuing with the early Prince Paul style funkiness (no dis to prince paul tho, he is still doin thangs), they kept evolving their style. They were not reacting to the times, but they were growing, being honest to talk about what they thought was important in a fresh and energetic way that fit into the hip hop paradigm even while almost ignoring it. And they kept making albums. This one is number seven.

I thought they were dead after the singles collection came out and Bionix (the second volume in what was supposed to be a trilogy) went out of print, to mixed reviews. And then this comes out. HAS ANY RAP GROUP LASTED THIS LONG? I mean I know Kool Keith and MF DOOM are veterans, but Keith is just a dozen alibis, and DOOM took a long break in between careers, but this trio is still on fire. They do not revive one of their old sounds or continue one of their old concepts. They still sound like themselves, but still fresh.

Well rap is in trouble again; even though people are figuring out the underground is way better then what they have been fed (Talib , Mos Def, and The Roots are all getting air on MTV now), a lot of so called conscious rappers are spitting the same old self righteous messages. THIS RECORD IS NEITHER POP NOR UNDERGROUND. It is the kind of balance that only vererans can muster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best maturity hip hop album by The Plugs!! 5 stars!
It's a huge maturity hip hop album.
Most of the hiphop I currently listen to has something more than simply beats, jazzy keys and socially aware lyrics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric D. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING
Classic Classic CLASSIC. This is the best CD from De La Soul I have ever heard. It is my new favorite CD.
Published 5 months ago by Allyn
5.0 out of 5 stars break from top 40 radio
Great to hear hip hop ...no really HIP....HOP..can always count on De La Soul to keep your head rocking. Strong Island Legends
Published 8 months ago by Michael A Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars De La Soul
I can't play enough of this album. De La ripping it. It's both familiar and brand new. Anyone who thinks they like Hip Hop and doesn't have this album? Yeah, I don't think so.
Published 18 months ago by Smash Langley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I purchased the grind date years after its release after hearing various songs on Pandora. I realized that De la soul is one of the best rap groups ever. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by fred
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd classic album
Well it's about time they released another decent album the other being there best which is stakes is high from 96'. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by The Abstract
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album...
A great album from De La Soul. A testament to Hip Hop. A MUST OWN!
Published on May 2, 2009 by P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a slept-on 5-star classic!
Where do you start with one of the greatest groups of all-time DE LA SOUL?? They came out in the late 80's under the mentorship of the great producer Prince Paul(who was in a great... Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by D. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars VASTLY UNDERRATED! A+
BOTTOM LINE:

De La brought the thunder on this one - and totally slipped under the hiphop radar. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Big Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars They still got Soul
In a rap game that is filled with one-hit-blunders and here today gone tommorow emcees, its refreshing to hear rap pioneers like De La Soul still making quality hip hop albums. Read more
Published on August 28, 2007 by Nuisance
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