October 05, 2016

De La Soul "The Grind Date" (Vibe, November 2004)

"They're 15 years in and nine albums gone. And though the daisies may be dead, the reinvigorated Long Island trio (Maceo, Dave, and Pos) hasn't sounded this vibrant since they became the spit-kicking, bionic spacemen from their last two releases. On The Grind Date, these pioneers of alternative hip hop have outsmarted the denizens of today's bulletproof-vest scene with sophisticated compositions and insightful lyrics. Appearances from Ghostface ("He Comes") and MF Doom ("Rock Co. Kane Flow"), along with rich production by Madlib, Dave West, Dilla, and  9th Wonder, make this Date notable." - Vibe Magazine, November 2004. Peep De La Soul and MF Doom performing "Rock Co. Kane Flow" live AND check this dope video of Jake One making the classic beat.

The original 4-star review in Vibe Magazine is available below...