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  • Summary: The hardcore rapper returns with his fifth studio album, hoping to duplicate the #1 success of each of his four previous LPs.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 70
    His most relentlessly aggressive album yet. [Oct 2003, p.119]
  2. 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]
  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. Not quite the big comeback DMX needed at this point in his quietly sagging rap career, Grand Champ regardless has its share of highlights.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. It's a selfish record, a me-first record, a record that exists purely to make DMX feel like a tough guy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. omarb
    Sep 26, 2003
    this album is bom
  2. NateDawg
    Sep 19, 2003
    This cd is rediculously outradious. Its the best cd out today, no doubt. You couldnt spend 15 bucks on anything else any better. Its GRAND! And if you dont think so, get the balls to tell X himself. Biatch Expand
  3. Stainlesssteel
    Jan 24, 2005
    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. Expand
  4. DarkMan
    Oct 5, 2003
    What the fuck is with the critics? X felt like ranting on this CD, it's aggressive and it fits his style. What, you thought he turned soft? Don't get it twisted, X is still #1, as he will be forever. I'm sad to see him go, but I'll be listening to his 5 albums (FIVE TIME!!) for years. There ain't one other rapper who can fuck with him, you critics know nothing. Sarcastic bitches, you don't deserve to review it. Expand
  5. leighd
    Nov 6, 2003
    its hot with exelant beats and nice bace so dmx dont make it your last
  6. MCTAZ
    Feb 2, 2004
    Sorry to say this to all you doubters but you need to get a life coz this album is phat! i mean the lyrics are just genius and shot down with 50 cent is amazing. all you doubters just get on the floor or your a** gotta go Expand
  7. NickM
    Sep 19, 2003

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