Death Grips
No Love Deep Web


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 746 replies | 37,648 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death Grips throw up their hands at their record label and self release their grittiest album yet

Death Grips shocked the world and their record label when they released their second release of the year No Love Deep Web, but upon listening it's pretty clear that this is a mixtape that the label had no intention of releasing. No Love Deep Web was probably just an elaborate way to hype up the band, and it's safe to say it worked. No Love Deep Web had over 34.2 million downloads on BitTorrent thanks to the help of Twitter, and I think its safe to say their plan worked. Speaking of the album itself, it employs very minimalistic stripped down beats and has a much chiller vibe overall compared to the previous two records. That doesn't mean the beats are soft though, because they are harder than the phallus on the album cover. No Love Deep Web is one big grimy middle finger to the music industry and one of the most sordid albums ever released by a group on a major label.

This isn't your father's hip hop, but that should be common knowledge by now. If you go into this expecting insightful lyrics and smooth flow over catchy beats you're going to have a bad time, hell even if you expect to understand the lyrics most of the time you're going to get very little out of No Love Deep Web. MC Ride is his schizophrenic self on tracks like "No Love" and "World Of Dogs," but he also comes down to earth and actually calms down a bit on tracks like "Artificial Death In The West" adding a lot more depth to their sound. The whole album feels like the fever dreams of a severely withdrawn drug addict, tracks like "World Of Dogs," "No Love" and "Hunger Games" sound like a sick drug addicts crash back down to earth and their gritty existence. The line "I got some *** to say just for the *** of it" perfectly encapsulates not only MC Ride's style, but No Love Deep Web, and Death Grips' whole career.

The beats on this thing are raw and stripped down, some of the tracks don't even have a melody some of the time, just drums and vocals like in "Lock Your Doors." The beats are fidgety electronic bells and whistles, lots of interesting sounds and synths creating a gritty atmosphere for MC Ride to spit his insane lyrics over. The rawness and harsh production of the beats help point to the fact that this is a mixtape and not a studio release, the minimalistic approach also creates a fresh sound compared to the over produced and at times gimmicky production on The Money Store, and this approach will likely convert a few people who were not fond of the over the top nature of The Money Store.

No Love Deep Web inevitably sounds a tad rushed, no *** it was made in only a few months, but it definitely did its job as a hype generator. It doesn't do enough different to warrant its early release date and the band's sound is getting a bit tiring. The main problem though is the lack of standout tracks, with most of the hooks gone and with such stripped down beats a lot of the songs blend together in an unflattering way. Exhausting as it can be at times, No Love Deep Web turned out to be another great addition to Death Grips' ever expanding discography that is likely to turn a few heads just as all of their previous work has done.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I've had mad writer's block lately so this probably sucks, whatever had to do it

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klap
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



9982 Comments


Death Grips shocked the world and their record label when they released their second release of the year No Love Deep
Web, but upon listening it's pretty clear that this is a mixtape and the label had no intention of releasing it and was just an
elaborate way to hype up the band, and boy did it work.

long sentence bro

also should be phallus instead of phallic

mindleviticus
October 3rd 2012



7932 Comments


This is awful, and I'm one of those people that liked The Money Store

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 3rd 2012



4854 Comments


I've yet to listen to anything by this band.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fixed I hope

Ire
October 3rd 2012



41453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

sweet review will read later bro

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18575 Comments


Really? Out of all the albums you could review you do the one with the penis on it? lol.

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klap
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



9982 Comments


sounds much smoother nice review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Whammy knocks it out of the park like Champ Kind, Whammy!!!

I so wanted to use this line in the review but I just couldn't

KILL
October 3rd 2012



67023 Comments


sucks dr dooom is better

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Klap
lol @Atari, I just had to do it man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18575 Comments


haha fair enough I will read later as I don't want a giant cock on the screen at work.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



2998 Comments


looks like a sweet album

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StagnantWords
October 3rd 2012



318 Comments


I don't get the hype for this group, this is some god awful shit.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



18575 Comments


You didn't even mention the album cover? lol good review though pos'd.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"You didn't even mention the album cover?"

That doesn't mean the beats are soft though, because they are harder than the phallus on the album cover.

Tyrael
October 3rd 2012



20394 Comments


'That doesn't mean the beats are soft though, because they are harder than the phallus on the album cover.'

tahahahaha good review I agree with all your points

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



23606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

good review

i played the first song from this and started laughing as soon as he started raping. haha oh death grips. will give a full listen and rate 1-2/5 later.

oh I almost forgot: penis

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moderndaydrool
October 3rd 2012



321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I felt like this review was well written but you came off as kind of a dick. I hope that this review is really just the tip of the iceberg and hope that you continue to ride spinnas for years to come.

Great review, I will erect my friends to this review.







penis

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



48520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I came off as a dick? Interesting, people said that about my Bloc Party and Title Fight reviews too, damn I'm more hardcore than I thought



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