Death Grips
The Money Store


4.0
excellent

Review

by JerzyNebraska USER (6 Reviews)
July 13th, 2013 | 23 replies | 1,462 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy, mean and wildly entrancing, The Money Store is a lively and energetic debut studio album from the experimental hip-hop group that fans will love.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Three piece experimental hip-hop group, Death Grips, own the soundtrack to a six hour operation. A six hour troubling operation way far in the future where robots are the surgeons and we humans are the comatized patients. They own it.
A year after releasing their battling debut mixtape, Exmilitary, Death Grips greet their comatized patients once again with their debut studio album, The Money Store. 2011 saw the group stand out from other hip-hop artists with their hard-hitting beats and heated synthetics, not forgetting the taunting and cohesive vocals of Stefan Burnett (MC Ride). This time round the group create a slicker and well more progressive album that both the group and electronic/hip-hop fans will enjoy.

Exmilitary contained hints of originality and potential. The Money Store sure picks up on that and makes use of it. The quickened and electric vocals on first track 'Get Got' seem rushed during first listen but end up being a solid example of Death Grips energetic and original flavor. MC Ride's lyrics cook and charm the bouncy and up-tempo synthetics with gripping hooks and verses.
“Lycanthropic manic cycles
Fire water burnin’ bibles
Wake up ragin’ call a taxi
Take me to the nearest city
Cell light up yeah get at me make it quick though blood im busy.”
As an instrumental, the track itself seems somewhat impossible to overlay with vocals, but the group take the challenge steadily and embrace it. It works insanely well.

The same happens with the album's single 'The Fever (Aye Aye)'. Zach Hill's allusive drumming ram back and forth against the heavy alarm sounding synth. Halting to a stop, the drums have a rest while the intoxicating main hook drives by. The liviness of instruments bounce from incredible extremes to interesting and strange system overloads. 'Blackjack' incorporates cutting drums and continuous bass driven synths while over this MC Ride's reverse hinted vocals increase the level of insanity. The progressive and sharp production in 'The Cage' is hard pumping and head banging; the startling synths punch against the thundering beats. Club-bangers such as tom drum infused 'Punk Weight' and 'Hacker' take the album from good to great. 'Hacker' is without a doubt the album's best song and perhaps the group's best song. The hook is down right catchy and crazy good while the classic techno beats and samples shine ahead of other tracks.

Death Grips greet their fans with a new proficient and giving hand which will undoubtly introduce their sound to many incoming newcomers. Although few tracks aren't as satisying and delivering as others, The Money Store is one alarming fever; An enthusiatic, experimental and diverse fever with the potential of branching more great albums to come forth from the group.



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jtswope
July 13th 2013



1831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aye Aye. Album rules.

drasticaction74
July 13th 2013



1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of my favorite albums in all the world

sideburndude
July 13th 2013



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OWHOAOWHOAAWHOA

Funeralopolis
July 13th 2013



10992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sophisticated
debut



wut

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Sleaper
July 14th 2013



3316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this bands about as unsophisticated as you can get..
aside from that good reveeeew

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ru5m lin4 pw56w in hwfk4 er are cool

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JerzyNebraska
July 14th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha yeah, I was kinda in the wrong direction with sayin that.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha I don;t even know what Iwa saying

JerzyNebraska
July 14th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha, na I was talking bout with me saying sophisticated, but i did spent a long time trying to understand what you were saying haha.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whatnareyu talkung abot ma lol

FourthReich
July 14th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is an album

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amemento
July 14th 2013



1425 Comments


hahahah who needs the space bar

Sleaper
July 14th 2013



3316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didnt kno you were from the west indies treb? thats sick

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol I hit the spade bar just not at the fith tume

Azn.
July 14th 2013



5557 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album

but I wouldn't say sophisticated...

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MrElmo
July 14th 2013



1950 Comments


Why are you calling this the debut album?

PuddlesPuddles
July 14th 2013



4763 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

is a lively and energetic debut


Were you saying that this album is the first album in which liveliness and energy were found? Or did
you think this was their debut album?

JerzyNebraska
July 14th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

well im pretty sure this is their debut studio album. Excluding mixtapes people.

Sleaper
July 14th 2013



3316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"this is their debut studio album"
correct

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013



21574 Comments


I never got why people considered mixtapes as not-real-albums

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