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Album Review: The Money Store
*My First Review
Artist: Death Grips
Release date: April 21, 2012
Genre(s):Experimental hip hop, industrial, alternative hip hop, noise hop, hardcore, electronic.
Death Grips is a hip hop group from Sacramento, California comprised of vocalist MC Ride(Stefan Burnett), drummer Zach Hill, and producer Andy Morin. In spring of 2011 they released their mixtape Exmilitary to much critical acclaim. One year later they’re back with a record deal and a full length album.
Right out of the gate you can tell how much raw energy is going into this album as it starts out with Zach Hill’s amazingly rapid drumming. This entire song paints you a picture of what the entire album is like, Amazing production, schizophrenic contradictions, incredibly catchy hooks, and incomprehensible lyrics that when tied together somehow have a story and meaning. A perfect introductory song for this album. 5/5
The Fever(Aye Aye)
Starting out with an amazing 23 second build up to MC Ride’s first verse, this song’s a wonderful follow up to the intro track. This song tells the story of a street hustler who leads an out-of-control, drug abusing, violent life that slowly devours him from the inside. He no longer controls himself, and he can’t do anything about it. In the end he realizes that he needs to save himself from this disease(The fever) if he has any chances at surviving. 4.75/5
A very electronic influenced track that sounds as if it’s using some deep and heavy synthesizers. This track seems as if it’s describing the Death Grips themselves. The man described throughout the song is seen as a violent outsider who is invading the residential area or “mainstream”. They are stepping out of their niche and gaining more notoriety for their insane and violent lyrics. 4.5/5
With even more astounding, synthesizer heavy, echo-y sounds, this track does not disappoint in the production department. MC Ride compares the act of of drug dealing to a game of blackjack as an easy way to make money. This song is short, sweet, and gets to the point. 4.75/5
Where MC Ride is describing his lyrical styling by using the term “hustle bones coming out my mouth”, saying that most of his raps are about drug use and murdering people. He even throws out a Dr. Strangelove reference in there. But this is one track where, believe it or not, the instrumental outshines the lyrical ability. What makes this song so great is that the beat actually contradicts itself. During the verses it sounds as if the producer had sampled a lawn mower engine, a very noise-y and industrial sound, where as during the chorus you get a very poppy and repetitive beat(which still has underlying noise and industrial influence). Even though the transition from one to another is very sudden, it does not ruin the flow of this great song. 5/5
I’ve Seen Footage
MC Ride describes all of the “crazy shit” he has seen, and lived, throughout his life living in the ghetto; rampant drug use, abuse, murders. He becomes so paranoid, i.e, “Noided”, that he detaches himself from it and begins to see it as footage from a camera. 5/5
A great chorus and great lyrics. MC Ride stating how his personality, attitude, and way of life is determined by his DNA. He can’t change the person he is, a topic that was also done very well by Danny Brown. This song is just enjoyable. 4.75/5
Another electronic inspired track that is very nicely mixed with the noise and industrial tones of Death Grips that makes it sound like it was rapped over a very hardcore dub-step beat. Here MC Ride has one of, if not his best, flows on the album. The song has two meanings to it, the first being obvious, they came to blow up your stereo system with the bass heavy beat of this song. The second being that they are invading the mainstream and will blow you mind with their production and lyrics. One of the best songs on the album. 5/5
Song describing that if you even so much as look at MC Ride the wrong way, he’ll wreck you. Compared to other songs it’s somewhat forgettable, but still a good song 3.75/5
Punk Weight Ride is wondering what to do after he kills a poser in a fight, really great beat. 4.25/5
Another song in which MC Ride describes the impact of his music on the listener, at this point in the album MC Ride is beginning to sound a bit repetitive. but what really does it in is the flow, it’s just not very good, especially accompanied with an above average beat. I’m just not really feeling this song as much as the others. 3/5
A good song with a great flow throughout the verses and a very good beat . The only downfall to the song is the chorus “Bitch please, you must be smokin rocks”, it just doesn’t fit with the flow of the song very well. 3.75
Awwww shit, here we go, the coup de grâce of the album. The production on this track is just flawless, and at times even indescribable. This is probably the closest thing you’ll get to “traditional” hip hop on this album, MC Ride throws out numerous pop culture references and having great timing. The entire song is a double meaning, Ride Describes a hacker who is after one man, and destroys his life by accessing all his personal information. This hacker is to represent Death Grips, going into the music industry and completely taking over. complete and utter perfection, the perfect ending to an album of this caliber. 5/5
If you are not a fan of Experimental music, this album will not be for you. You have to go into this with an open mind and not just dismiss it as noise when you hear it. The wonderful lyrics, 10 out of 10 production, and utter brilliance make this a wonderful album. though the quality dropped off near the end this my current number one choice for best hip hop album of the year, and to me, a damn near classic.
4.5/5 or 9/10
As somebody who comes out of punk culture almost as much as hip-hop, I can safely say Death Grips is weak as fuck.
As one of the only mods that fucks with Death Grips, I can understand that why some people are against them. I respect what they do and I love their music. Good review.
Kayak was wrong
Even after reading Northstars' thread about over-rating albums, I still feel this is about an 8.5/10 to 9/10 album
Pretty much what UF said.
I love Death Grips and this album, but I completely understand how some people can’t stand their music
My Dad listened to a few songs before and said that he thought it was the worst thing he had ever heard and refuses to call it Hip Hop…