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The Grind Date


De La Soul


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   The Future    
  2   Verbal Clap    
  3   Much More (feat. Yummy)    
  4   Shopping bags (She Got From You)    
  5   The Grind Date    
  6   Church    
  7   It's Like That (feat. Carl Thomas)    
  8   He Comes (feat. Ghostface)    
  9   Days Of Our Lives (feat. Common)    
  10   Come On Down (feat. Flava Flav)    
  11   No (feat. Butta Verses)    
  12   Rock Co.Kane Flow (feat. MF Doom)    
  13   Shoomp (feat. Sean Paul)    


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'The Grind Date' proves that even after fifteen years in the rap game, De La Soul are still one of the most distinctively brilliant crews in hip-hop, and shows the pretenders out there how to achieve an album that holds your attention from start to finish. The first of two albums planned for 2004, 'The Grind Date' sees Dave, Mase & Pos continuing to astound critics and fans alike, containing an energy rappers half there age would die for. "Much More" explains the De La blueprint with simple efficiency - this crew want to deliver you much more and for the most part succeed. "Shopping Bags" has "classic" written all over, and deals with playing the field in a whole different light. Elsewhere the trio deliver sermonising we can all relate to on "Church", which features legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, while "It's Like That" takes time out to think about all the little things that affect our lives. Guests include R&B crooner Carl Thomas, spiritually enlightened rapper Common, and the self-confessed weirdest man in hip-hop, MF Doom, while guest production also comes from the likes of Madlib and Jaydee (of Slum Village and The Pharcyde fame). This collaborative approach helps keep the album fresh, and gives the whole package a musicality that makes it completely listenable throughout. While not as upbeat or funky as early De La Soul, this is the sound of a group matured by the world around them, yet still at the peak of their creative powers, and showing no signs of stopping. Once again they have produced a sure fire contender for hip-hop album of the year, and on the evidence of what 'The Grind Date' provides, we can't wait to hear the imminent follow-up. Recommended.

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Artist: De La Soul
Album: The Grind Date
Cat #: SANCD296
Date: 28/10/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Sanctuary
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Hip-Hop , Pop
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