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The Grind Date

De La Soul Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002QPTIA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Shopping Bags (She Got From You)
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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

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BBC Review

De La Soul's3Foot High and Rising was one of the most innovative hip hopalbums ever. The title of their second album, De La Soul Is Dead, summed up the band's unwillingness to stand still and be pigeon holed. The Daisy Age was officially declared over.

The spotlight thenmovedaway fromPosdnuos, Trugoy, and Maceo(a little something called Gangsta rap was making the headlines) and the triofocused on creating a string of classic albums. And with records like "Buhloone Mindstate" (1993), "Stakes Is High" (1996) and "AOI: Mosaic Thump" (2000), they deserve the title of the most consistent hip-hop group ever. Who else has kept up this quality for so long?

The Grind Date, their first album for Sanctuary, offers ample evidence of how they've remained at the top;making a target of those rappers who put out "wack albums" with only "two joints". Original producer Prince Paul has long since departed, but help from the likes of Madlib, Supa Dave West and J-Dilla prove that De Lacan still wipe the floor with a today'snew generation of hip hop artists.

The bandremain almost compulsively inventive, their eclecticapproach creatinga smart and soulful beauty of an album. Guests such as Spike Lee, Flava Flav, Ghostface and Commonline up to pay testament to their genius.

The album is littered with high points. Current single "Shopping Bags" sees Madlib cut up Just Ice's classic "Cold Getting' Dumb" to mimic a hundred rattling milk bottles. The title track transforms an unlikely sample of "Ritual Nous Commes De Soleil" by Yes into a glorious party loop, while "Come On Down" throws down a B-Boy gauntlet to P.Diddyand Esther Williams' "Last Night Changed It All", and the stuttering rhythms of "Rock Co.Kane Flow" are as out there and ambitious as anything by Kanye West.

At times The Grind Date is ludicrously good and on this form who's to say they won't be around for another 16 years. As they state on "Come On Down", the competition might be all Tito's and Randy's, but De La Soul are still the main Jackson. --Adam Webb

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another chapter in the De La Soul mystery 15 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
The career of De La Soul is one of the great mysteries of hip-hop. How can a band who continue to produce such extraordinary work be so ignored? How can a band who have refined their sound so many times still be known for their Daisy Age debut? How can hip hop of this quality not sell in its millions when so much second rate bilge does just that?
Perhaps it's that the De La boys are grown up and their lyrical and musical complexity is too mature a prospect for the average hip hop afficionados. Perhaps their tough stance on the parlous state of hip hop is too hard to digest. I don't know.
What I do know is that they have produced yet another brilliant, subtle, smart, witty, funky classic and that it's being totally ignored. Along with the two AOI albums, they've now been on absolutely peerless form since the late 90s. If there's any justice in the world, hip hop will wake up and give them the respect they deserve.
But there isn't any justice, cos bling sells and this don't. Put this right. Do yourself a favour and jump on the bandwagon. I guarantee that after about 3 listens, it won't be off your player for a long time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the real De La 8 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was more than a little hesitant about this release due to the rnb nature of their two AOI albums.
However, after a couple of listens i would say this is definitely a return to form for De La Soul.
The change in production certainly helps with madlib offeirng a couple of great beats and Jay Dilla serving up some superb backing tracks.
The guests also shine with MF Doom in particular performing to his usual high level.
Basically, if you buy this expecting it to be as good as De La's first three albums you will be disappointed. I doubt they will ever reach those heights again, however, this is still a great hip ho album and it's good to see them still producing the goods after 15 years in the business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop originals 21 Aug 2005
By chaz_k
Format:Audio CD
Aside from rendering the average uncultured Hip-hop fan speechless (or confused) with metaphors and rhymes that dwarf the mental ages of the average "I have mo' money" sell-out - (50 cent, perhaps); this album also offers a mixed bag of clever beats: Shoomp, The Future and The Grind Date just a few. This truly is a relatively unheard jewel, their quiet success is only proof that their witty and original sound only works with the more thoughtful listener. Forget any magic numbers, De La better themselves with each new album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grind date 23 Feb 2013
By Toby
Format:Vinyl
this was a great record that i thoroughly enjoyed, was in near perfect condition as well with beautiful sleeves and artwork
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT KANYE THIS! 28 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
No disrespect but i`m sick of hearing that kanye west`s album is the best rap of 2004. In my opinion along with masta ace,the roots,jean grae,masta killa and mf doom, this de la gem comes before kanye. When i first bought it i was initially dissapointed, it takes a while to sink in but that seems to be the same with most of there lp`s, so give it a chance before you dismiss. Best de la album since stakes is high. PEACE.
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