Death Grips
The Money Store


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob Royal STAFF
June 26th, 2012 | 38 replies | 8,984 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "My existence is a momentary lapse of reason"

From the opening of ‘Get Got’, it’s obvious how high Death Grips’ ambition lies. The brief introduction is followed briskly by a landscape - the catchiest hook since who knows when. What serves alongside it, though, is a sense of urgency, a desire to make important music. Death Grips have made it clear that they aim for impact, that every controversial revolution is a successful one, and (most fundamentally) that The Money Store is as abrasive as it is for a reason. The bass gurgles of ‘Hustle Bones’ are moving towards the set goal of affronting the listener into listening, much like the purpose of the alarm-esque hook of ‘Fever’, the bludgeoning noise that reaffirms Death Grips don’t follow the conventional route with their hip-hop. They even take Tyler, The Creator’s philosophy on controversy and turn it inside-out. Here it isn’t about grabbing attention from the words but rather strengthening them through a solid backbone, one that consists much of Stefan Burnett’s shouts that always ride on the verge of being grating.

It would be inaccurate to deem Stefan Burnett’s particular brand of shout anything than what it is. His chants are the most extreme aspect of The Money Store, and they obfuscate the music’s main lyrical themes. From track to track Burnett’s voice is poised overbearingly over the intricate beats, and this can be seen especially in the statement titled “Punk Weight”. It’s often too much, and while the intensity of Death Grips’ latest is commendable it’s most potent in small doses because of this characteristic. Every word suffocates the listener, tosses a blanket over their head that’s often too dense to be comforting.

Overall, though, The Money Store is a trip easiest to appreciate with repeated listens. At first all noticeable is the irregular vocals, but when the initial shock settles the beats are given more opportunity to shine. And shine they do - whether it’s the exotic hook in ‘Double Helix’ or the earth-shattering approach taken on ‘Bitch Please’ - because the album stands confidently in the front of the modern hip-hop scene. Whether this means that it’s a journey you’ll enjoy or one that’ll irritate more than desired, it’s impossible to say. However, chances are that opinions on The Money Store will continue to be as polarizing as they’ve been thus far. Some say that the truly inspirational albums are the ones that cause such a division in the musical community, and this type of ideology labels this album as quite the revolution, a brutal attack on what 2012 hip-hop should strive for instead of merely floundering amongst what’s expected.

It’s undeniable that The Money Store is an important album to Death Grips, and although its bluntness is grating it's simultaneously rewarding. Even if the occasional track reaches too far - even if ‘Blackjack’ has no redeeming qualities whatsoever - what will be remembered is the jaw-dropping approach Death Grips take, the frenetic insanity found in ‘Lost Boys’. With this on the market, it’ll be tough for hip-hop to follow any set formula, to establish itself without stirring the blood further. And as we determined earlier, any controversial revolution is a successful one. In this case, The Money Store shakes the ground beneath our feet in precisely the way it intended to.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



9988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Originally posted at http://www.thealtreview.net

Dude, this has become one of my favorites. Might have to 4 this.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



4380 Comments


good review, Omaha. weird coincidence, I was listening to "Leaning to fly" by Pink Floyd from their album Momentary lapse of reason when i saw the summary of your review. Anyway, have a pos.

PuddlesPuddles
June 25th 2012



4765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I agree with Paperback, Death Grips is the modern day Floyd

taylormemer
June 25th 2012



4913 Comments


^^

Get. Out.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



9988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Hehe.

Thanks, Hernan.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

get get get get got got got got this album sucks cock cock cock cock

cryMore
June 26th 2012



469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you're wrong, nice dig though

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2012



9988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I agreed with Aids on the first listen, honestly.

Tyrael
June 26th 2012



20727 Comments


GAGA CAN'T HANDLE THIS SHIIIIIT

ILJ
June 26th 2012



6615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Splendid review, as always.

I'm surprised nobody's yet responded to Aids with BITCH PLEASE, YOU MUST BE SMOKIN' ROCKS.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

me too actually

Ire
June 26th 2012



41747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

THERE GOES MAH HERO

WATCH HIM AS HE NEGS

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



9988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

ILJAJLM, thank you for the kind words.

And yeah, I definitely should have thought of that one. I'm starting to really dig into the lyrics on this album; they're a lot more well thought-out than one would expect.

FourthReich
July 21st 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why isn't this flagged?

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Kman418
August 27th 2013



9823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is so much fun

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FourthReich
September 10th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

most loved therefore most hated

BigPleb
September 10th 2013



33987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IM IN YOUR AREAAAAAAAA

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Greyvy
September 10th 2013



4055 Comments


seen these dudes at bonnaroo.. guy in mosh pit like broke an arm. y do people mosh to music besides metal?

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oltnabrick
September 10th 2013



30112 Comments


Well at least there's no dick on the cover

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FourthReich
September 10th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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