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Clipse Grindin.jpg
Single by Clipse
from the album Lord Willin'
ReleasedMay 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)
Format12" vinyl
Clipse singles chronology
"When the Last Time"

"Grindin'" is the first single from the rap duo The 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 number 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.

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 the popular video games Saints Row and NBA 2K15. The intro was also used in the 2003 comedy film Malibu's Most Wanted.


Pitchfork ranked the song at number 27 in "The Top 500 of the Tracks of the 2000s".[1] The song was also listed at number 84 in Rolling Stone's best songs of the 2000s.[2] Hip-hop writer Shea Serrano listed the song as the most important rap song of 2002 in his book The Rap Yearbook.[3]


Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 30
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 10


  1. ^ The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s. Pitchfork. Accessed October 23, 2015.
  2. ^ 100 Best Songs of 2000s Rolling Stone. Accessed October 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Serrano, Shea (October 24, 2015). The Rap Yearbook.
  4. ^ "Clipse Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Clipse Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2015.

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