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

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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: AOI / Sanctuary Urban
  • ASIN: B0002WZT20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Gribble on 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 By DukeOfEarl on 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 By B on October 14, 2004
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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