Attack of the Attacking Things

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Attack of the Attacking Things
Studio album by Jean Grae
Released August 6, 2002
Genre Underground hip hop, alternative hip hop[1]
Length 43:23
Label Third Earth Music
Producer Nasain Nahmeen, Mr. Len, Masta Ace, Da Beatminerz, Ev Price, Koichiro
Jean Grae chronology
Attack of the Attacking Things
The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A–[2]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[4]
RapReviews 9/10[5]
Spin 8/10[6]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[7]

Attack of the Attacking Things is the debut album by American rapper Jean Grae. It was recorded at Da Crib Of Hitz, H.A.H, and Project Heat Studios in New York City.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Del F. Cowie of Exclaim! wrote that "this complex and rewarding release proves that [Grae]'s a dope emcee, period."[9] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it an "auspicious, uncompromising debut" and praised its "depth and substance", while commending Grae for "using her outsider position to level a thorough critique of hip-hop's misogyny and materialism."[10] Harry Allen of The Village Voice observed an "unpolished, handcrafted feel" and wrote that "what it lacks in flam and polish, however, Attack makes up for with the determined and singular power of a compelling personal vision; something too frequently missing in the contemporary hip-hop that Black people are widely being paid off to make."[11] The newspaper's Robert Christgau gave the album a one-star honorable mention,[12] indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."[13] He cited "God's Gift" and "Live-4-U" as highlights and quipped, "Props for both the Stylistics and *NSync—I like that in an undie rapper".[12]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s)
1 "Intro" (Interlude)
2 "What Would I Do" Mr. Len
3 "Gods Gift" Masta Ace
4 "Block Party" (featuring Apani B) Nasain Nahmeen
5 "No Doubt" (featuring Block McCloud) Nasain Nahmeen
6 "Skit (Bubblin')" (Interlude)
7 "Thank Ya!" Nasain Nahmeen
8 "Lovesong" Da Beatminerz
9 "Get It" Nasain Nahmeen
10 "Knock" Mr. Len
11 "Live 4 U" Ev Price
12 "Fadeout" Koichiro


Credits adapted from Allmusic.[14]

  • Evil Dee – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Jean Grae – composer, primary artist, vocals
  • Masta Ace – producer
  • Block McCloud – engineer, mixing, primary artist, vocals
  • Mr. Len – cut, producer
  • Mr. Walt – producer
  • Evan Price – producer


  1. ^ a b Kincaid, Nic. Attack of the Attacking Things at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hermes, Will (September 20, 2002). "Attack of the Attacking Things Review". Entertainment Weekly (New York) (673). Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ HipHopDX review
  4. ^ Chennault, Sam (September 10, 2002). "Jean Grae: Attack of the Attacking Things". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ RapReviews review
  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 2002). "Jean Grae, 'Attack of the Attacking Things' (Third Earth Music)". Spin (New York) 18 (9): 125. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Vibe review
  8. ^ "Jean Grae - Attack Of The Attacking Things CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Cowie, Del F. (August 2002). "Jean Grae - Attack of The Attacking Things". Exclaim! (Toronto). Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 23, 2002). "Jean Grae: Attack Of The Attacking Things". The A.V. Club (Chicago). Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ Allen, Harry (September 17, 2002). "Not Your Superwoman". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (October 28, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Rousing Constituencies". The Village Voice (New York). Christgau's rating is specified at his website. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Attack of the Attacking Things - Jean Grae : Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 

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