• Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2003
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 70
    As fine as anything he's done, but overall Grand Champ makes too many R&B concessions to be a fitting epitaph to his record-breaking career. [Nov 2003, p.129]
  2. A forceful march through familiar territory.
  3. His big voice and big, good-vs-evil themes now need the gold lame beats of Grand Champ to deliver one last howling high.
  4. 70
    His most relentlessly aggressive album yet. [Oct 2003, p.119]
  5. 67
    When the hooks fall off, his lone-gunman purging becomes more tiring than cathartic. [Dec 2003, p.128]
  6. Too little stands out to make Grand Champ more than an uneven contender.
  7. Not quite the big comeback DMX needed at this point in his quietly sagging rap career, Grand Champ regardless has its share of highlights.
  8. Grand Champ would make a great single. As it stands, it's about a full hour more of DMX hollering gruffly than anybody really needs.
  9. The X-Man's grating lyrical redundancy throughout this disc reeks of laziness, and his self-derivative hooks and beats hints at complacency and stunted growth. [3 Oct 2003, p.73]
  10. Now we see. It is all clear. DMX believes what they say in Def Jam board meetings. He actually believes that what Mr Budden and Just Blaze did earlier this year is what one should do in hip-hop right now - meaning, shout popular thug slogans over irritatingly OTT beats for an hour or so.
  11. There's plenty here to test the patience of even the sternest fan. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  12. It's a selfish record, a me-first record, a record that exists purely to make DMX feel like a tough guy.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  1. Apr 23, 2015
    7
    The album seems to show a DMX a little bit lost in his music creativity, the themes are redundant, his verses all look a little bit similarThe album seems to show a DMX a little bit lost in his music creativity, the themes are redundant, his verses all look a little bit similar and the beats are not as good as his previous ones. But, DMX being who he is, the album is still worth de purchase for his signature rough sound and the few great songs it contains like where the hood at and the few other good ones. Full Review »
  2. joek
    Jun 14, 2005
    1
    C'mon, you guys who gave this a 0 - that's just right out of line!
  3. Stainlesssteel
    Jan 24, 2005
    10
    Dis may not be DMX's best album but it still deserves a 10.If he desides to come out of retirement I would like to see him mix it up a Dis may not be DMX's best album but it still deserves a 10.If he desides to come out of retirement I would like to see him mix it up a bit more on his next album. Full Review »