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Single by Clipse
from the album Lord Willin'
Released May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)
Format 12" vinyl
Length 4:24
Writer(s) Gene Thornton, Terrence Thornton, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo
Clipse singles chronology
"The Funeral"
"When the Last Time"

"Grindin'" is the second single from the Virginia Beach rap duo Clipse. The song was produced by The Neptunes, and featured on the Clipse's debut album, Lord Willin'. The song became a summer Top 40 hit, reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 30, 2002.

Arguably the most iconic track of The Neptunes' early-decade influence on hip-hop production, the beat was far more sparse in its percussive drum and woodblock arrangement than most popular hip-hop tracks at the time, predating later sparse Neptunes productions like Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" that would further capitalize and expand on this style. It bares notable and acknowledged similarity to 1980s hip hop tracks such as Eric B & Rakim's "My Melody".

The song was listed at #27 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.

The song was also listed at #84 in Rolling Stone's best songs of the 2000s.

There were two official remixes released: one featuring new verses by Pusha T and Malice featuring Noreaga, Birdman and Lil Wayne, and the other, a selector remix featuring dancehall artists Sean Paul, Bless and Kardinal Offishall. Both remixes feature the same instrumental but a different verse performed by Pusha T.

Pusha T stated that Pharrell nearly gave the beat to Jay-Z.

The song is featured in NBA 2K15.


Chart (2002) Peak
Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 8
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 10
Billboard Hot 100 30

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