The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel
Studio album by Gravediggaz


September 16, 1997


August 1996 - April 1997


The Wu Mansion
(New Jersey, NJ)
Unique Recording
(New York City, NY)
Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, NY)
Paul's Coffee Shop
(Long Island, NY)
Ameraycan Studio
(North Hollywood, CA)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop




Gee Street Records / V2 / BMG Records


Nell Robertson (exec.), RZA (also exec.), True Master, 4th Disciple, Prince Paul, Goldfinghaz, Poetic, Darkim Be Allah, Frukwan

The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel is the second studio album by American Hip hop supergroup Gravediggaz. It was released in September 16, 1997 via Gee Street Records, V2 Records and BMG Records. Recording sessions were occurred at The Wu Mansion in New Jersey, Ameraycan Studios in North Hollywood and Firehouse Studios, Unique Recording and Paul's Coffee Shop in New York City from August 1996 to April 1997. The production input was completely handled by RZA, True Master, Darkim Be Allah, 4th Disciple, Prince Paul, Poetic, Goldfinghaz and Frukwan. It features guest appearances by Shabazz the Disciple, Omen, The Aleem Brothers, Hell Razah, Killah Priest, 9th Prince (of Killarmy), True Master and Blue Raspberry. The album has a more socially conscious sound and is considerably calmer than their debut album 6 Feet Deep released in 1994.

The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel spawned the singles: "Dangerous Mindz" and "The Night the Earth Cried", though neither of the songs made it the Billboard charts.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Intro" - 1:16
  2. "Dangerous Mindz" - 4:54
  3. "Da Bomb" - 4:10
  4. "Unexplained" - 2:58
  5. "Twelve Jewelz" - 2:53
  6. "Fairytalez" - 4:46
  7. "Never Gonna Come Back" - 4:05
  8. "Pit of Snakes" - 4:19
  9. "The Night the Earth Cried" - 4:32
  10. "Elimination Process" (feat. Shabazz the Disciple, Omen and The Aleem Brothers) - 5:35
  11. "Repentance Day" (feat. Hell Razah and Killah Priest) - 5:20
  12. "Hidden Emotions" (feat. True Master) - 6:18
  13. "What's Goin' On" (feat. 9th Prince and Blue Raspberry) - 4:53
  14. "Deadliest Biz" - 3:03
  15. "Outro" - 1:22

Samples[edit | edit source]

Dangerous Mindz

  • "I'd Love You to Want Me" by Lobo
  • "Traces" by Classics IV


  • "Wild Flower" by The New Birth


  • "Themes From Montreal Olympics" by The Salsoul Orchestra

Never Gonna Come Back

  • "Love Serenade" by Barry White

The Night the Earth Cried

  • "Theme From "Love Story" and "Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet (A Time for Us)" by Peter Nero

Hidden Emotions

  • "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding

What's Goin' On

  • "Midnight Theme" by Manzel
  • "Aretha, Sing One for Me" by George Jackson
  • "Transylvania Twist (Suite)" by Chuck Cirino
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