Shopping Bags (She Got from You)
The Grind Date
It's Like That
Days Of Our Lives
Come On Down
Rock Co.Kane Flow
De La Soul’s seventh album. Release date: October 5, 2004.
The Grind Date is the seventh album from De La Soul, released on October 5, 2004. The album was originally intended to be the final album of the Art Official Intelligence (AOI) trilogy, but as the album quickly changed focus, the group decided to put AOI III on hold and finish The Grind Date as a stand-alone work.
The Grind Date is a notably brisker, and leaner work than the group’s previous albums, and features a top of the line array of production talents including the late J Dilla (who was part of A Tribe Called Quest’s production unit, The Ummah), Madlib (“Shopping Bags (She Got From You)”), and 9th Wonder (“Church”). Producer Supa Dave West, who handled the majority of the AOI albums, also contributes five tracks to the album. “Rock Co.Kane Flow” featuring MF DOOM, was produced by Jake One, and sees Posdnuos addressing some recent trends in Hip hop with the line “Unlike them, we craft gems / so systematically inclined to pen lines / without sayin a producer’s name, all over the track”. The well-received collaboration also brought attention to the then-unknown Jake One.
The album is light on guest appearances and features a total of four guest MCs, including Common. Unlike every De La Soul album before it, The Grind Date contains no skits at all, although a short musical prelude does precede the first song “The Future”. The album’s conceptual cover and sleeve booklet, based on a 2005 calendar, was designed by Morning Breath Inc. (Wikipedia)