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Grand Champ
Studio album by DMX
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 74:40
Label Def Jam Records, Ruff Ryders
Producer DMX, Darrin Dean, Joaquin Dean, Kanye West, Tuneheadz, Rockwilder, Ron Browz, Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, PK, No I.D.
Professional reviews
DMX chronology
The Great Depression
(2001)
Grand Champ
(2003)
Year of the Dog… Again
(2006)

Grand Champ is the fifth album by American rapper DMX, released in 2003. Grand Champ features the popular singles Where the Hood At? and Get it on the Floor. The album sold 312,000 in its first week and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

When compared to the artist's previous releases, this was the greatest under-achiever, eventually achieving a rating of Platinum, although it was #1 on the Billboard 200, its shelf life was relatively short.

Contents

Background

The album originally contained a song entitled "Ruled Out", a hard-hitting diss track aimed towards former collaborator and friend Ja Rule, however, Def Jam Records (who coincidentally owns the distributor rights to Rule's 'Murder Inc. Records) were highly displeased by the track and urged for its removal . A previous version of "Fuck Y'all" was also considered to be the lead-off single for 'The Great Depression', but due to the obvious explicit content of the title alone, the song would have substantial problems gaining radio airplay.

On the UK edition of the album, the hit single X Gon' Give It to Ya from the 2003 film Cradle 2 the Grave is included as a bonus track.

"Grand Champ" was also released in an "edited" version that replaces some violence, most drug content, and all profanity with sound effects and in some instances, blanks them out completely leaving only the music. "Grand Champ" is the most highly censored of all of DMX's albums, including "Year of the Dog... Again". The explicit version censors out the words "reloaded" and "slugs" on the track, "Where The Hood At?". Only "slugs" is censored from the edited version however.

The title "Grand Champ" is an explicit reference to American "street" dog fighting. The term "grand champion" refers to a fighting dog that has won at least five bouts with no losses.

This was DMX's final album release on Def Jam Records.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Length
1 "Dog Intro" Darold "Pop" Trotter Bashir Fadai 3:32
2 "My Life" Dart La Chinky 3:09
3 "Where the Hood At?" Tuneheadz 4:46
4 "Dogs Out" Kanye West 4:03
5 "Get It On The Floor" Swizz Beatz Swizz Beatz 4:22
6 "Come Prepared" (Skit) Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Joaquin "Waah" Dean 0:35
7 "Shot Down" Salam Wreck Styles P, 50 Cent 3:42
8 "Bring The Noize" Tuneheadz 3:30
9 "Untouchable" Tony Pizarro Syleena Johnson, Cross, Infa-Red, Sheek Louch, Drag-On 6:05
10 "Fuck Y'all" Ron Browz 3:43
11 "Ruff Radio" (Skit) Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Joaquin "Waah" Dean 0:43
12 "We're Back" Tuneheadz Eve, Jadakiss 4:25
13 "Ruff Radio 2" (Skit) Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Joaquin "Waah" Dean 0:18
14 "Rob All Night (If I'm Gonna Rob)" Rockwilder 3:27
15 "We Go Hard" No I.D. Cam'Ron 3:36
16 "We 'Bout To Blow" Dame Grease Big Stan 3:31
17 "The Rain" DJ Scratch 3:27
18 "Gotta Go" (Skit) Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Joaquin "Waah" Dean 1:07
19 "Don't Gotta Go Home" (Mix) Antoine "Bam" Macon, Ryan Bowser, Mr. Devine, Victor Flowers Monica 4:17
20 "A'Yo Kato" Swizz Beatz Magic, Val 3:46
21 "Thank You" DMX, Nemo, Ron H, Reggie Flowers, Gerald Flowers, Victor Flowers Patti LaBelle 3:01
22 "Prayer V" DMX 1:47

Samples

  • "Where The Hood At" contains a sample of "Young, Gifted & Black" as performed by Big Daddy Kane
  • "We Go Hard" contains a sample of "Didn't I Fool You" as performed by Ruby Andrews
  • "The Rain" contains a sample of "Will She Meet The Train In The Rain" as performed by Greg Perry

Charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 32
Austrian Albums Chart [1] 20
Belgium Albums Chart 38
Canada Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart [1] 16
German Albums Chart [1] 6
Netherlands Albums Chart 28
New Zealand Albums Chart [1] 7
Swedish Albums Chart [1] 42
Swiss Albums Chart [1] 10
UK Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

References

Preceded by
Heavier Things by John Mayer
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 28, 2003 - October 4, 2003
Succeeded by
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast







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