Grand Champ

  • 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. Not quite the big comeback DMX needed at this point in his quietly sagging rap career, Grand Champ regardless has its share of highlights.
  2. 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.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    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]
  4. 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.
  5. Q Magazine
    40
    There's plenty here to test the patience of even the sternest fan. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  6. It's a selfish record, a me-first record, a record that exists purely to make DMX feel like a tough guy.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  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 »