Death Grips
The Money Store


2.0
poor

Review

by J Templin USER (8 Reviews)
June 6th, 2012 | 39 replies | 2,594 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


7 of 10 thought this review was well written

When I was in college, I was a teacher's aide for an inner-city middle school. The kids who were there were all wrapped up in Top 40 Hip-Hop and I could tell a lot of the older teachers had no clue about this world. To some of them, I thought, Hip-hop must seem like a panoply of violent sentiments all shouted over a beat that rattles the apartment floor when you're trying to sleep.

Being young, I felt I could see both sides of it. “I like Lil' Wayne and Joni Mitchell,” I thought. But when I heard The Money Store for the first time, I really understood what it felt like for one of those middle-aged teachers as some punk kids drove by with their systems blasting. I wanted to like it, honestly, I just couldn't understand it.

Death Grips is an experimental hip-hop group whose aim is to blow your system up. Every grungy snare and every distorted loop bares this out: Death Grips hates your system. They want it broken.

And at first on “Get Got,” I'm along for the ride. “This,” I think “could grow on me.” And every power that Death Grips has is on display here, from MC Ride's intentionally sloppy delivery of deft lines no one can understand to Flatlander's ear-stabbing production work. For those just about three glorious minute, Death Grips is working for me.

Then, “The Fever (Aye Aye)” hits. Already I'm beginning to feel a tightening in my chest. MC Ride is really yelling. I am still navigating the slurry of mid-tempo beats, distorted synths (courtesy of Black Moth Super Rainbow, perhaps?) and MC Ride's constant mushmouthed yelling.

Yes, I know Ride is technically “rapping,” but on track after track, Ride's only mode is full-blast mean mugging. He is the anti-DOOM; where DOOM's relaxed tongue twisters were always set to chill, Ride's are set to kill. Actually, they must be set on a setting past kill; I imagine if anyone gave Death Grips a phaser, they would reverse engineer that *** and set it to annihilate.

Around “Double Helix,” I start to feel like MC Ride does not like me any more than he does my system. Every other rhyme is punched up with some dancehall sample and the drums seem to be stuck in a quicksand mire, unable to produce any timbres that don't bust guts. The whole thing sounds like fun-house rap, but you just ate three hot dogs and got off the Hurricane.

All the dirty synths and the chopping and screwing. All the hi-bass beats and the trashy drum loops. All of it is channeled into this unintelligible mass of spite.

What is Ride yelling? I don't know, at this point I am convinced he knows my name and he's coming for me. After 41 minutes of this agonizingly single-minded system-*** I am just confused and irritable.

I have become the middle-aged butt of the joke. Who are the kids listening to this? It's so loud and angry and quite frankly it scares me. I think I'm going to lie down and listen to Joni Mitchell.



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Jellingman
June 6th 2012



357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last paragraph is hilarious

Slum
June 6th 2012



2579 Comments


You kind of just say how loud it is over and over, but i think i get your point

HenchmanOfSanta
June 6th 2012



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What is Ride yelling? I don't know, at this point I am convinced he knows my name and he's coming for me.
I'm pretty sure this is actually what people like about Death Grips.

porch
June 6th 2012



8441 Comments


this review plays nicely into the standard "it's just too crazy and intense for you, dude" rebuttal that death grips fans like to fall back on

Pentagon
June 6th 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, at first I agreed with you, but it has grown on me quite a lot. pos

Tyrael
June 6th 2012



20722 Comments


good review

at least this doesn't scream 'you noobs know nothing about hip-hop!' like Sobhi's piece

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2012



2714 Comments


I'm not sure this works very well as a review, but it's very well written.

Buzzkillr
June 6th 2012



1541 Comments


Really enjoyable review. I found it more informative than Sobhi's. pos'd

chambered49
June 6th 2012



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

at least this doesn't scream 'you noobs know nothing about hip-hop!' like Sobhi's piece



12 and 3

Samizdat
June 6th 2012



301 Comments


"What is Ride yelling? I don't know, at this point I am convinced he knows my name and he's coming for me."

LAWL

taxidermist
June 6th 2012



7195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright review, horrible opinion. This is easily better than Illmatic and R.A.P. music.

Hey, don't start trolling now!


chambered49
June 6th 2012



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do u realize everytime u post something i die a little inside and just get more numb

grizzlybeard
June 6th 2012



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

as soon as staff give a bad review, all of a sudden everyone finds it safe to give it bad reviews too lol

Tyrael
June 6th 2012



20722 Comments


At least this one is actually good

Funeralopolis
June 6th 2012



10992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album rules

review is basically 'I don't get it, so 2'

Digging: Sweet Smoke - Just A Poke

Buzzkillr
June 6th 2012



1541 Comments


It sounds like he "got" what the album was going for, but unlike you he doesn't find mindless violence "deep".

sniper
June 6th 2012



18935 Comments


good review

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

KeithStone582
June 6th 2012



1480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"review is basically 'I don't get it, so 2'"

this.

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2012



6085 Comments


at least this doesn't scream 'you noobs know nothing about hip-hop!' like Sobhi's piece


KeithStone582
June 6th 2012



1480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is much better than Sobhi's soundoff.



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