[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/php6yn6LmPM_8021.jpg]]
[floatboxright:
Influences:
+Music/BlackFlag
+Music/JimiHendrix
]

Formed in December of 2010, Death Grips was an AlternativeHipHop group that consisted of rapper Stefan Burnett (a.k.a. MC Ride), drummer Zach Hill (of the band Hella), and producer Andy Morin (a.k.a. Flatlander). Their music was a unique blend of noise, [[{{Sampling}} samples]], noise and industrial, [[CarefulWithThatAxe loud]] [[HarshVocals vocals]], [[RuleOfThree noise]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverting]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructing]] almost every HipHop trope under the sun, while their live shows are infamous for their sheer, nightmarish ferocity. On October 1st 2012, the band revealed that their next release had been pushed back by their record label. In response, the band [[ThinkOfTheCensors released NO LOVE DEEP WEB for free]]. They released their most recent album, ''Government Plates'', in a similar fashion. The band announced that they were breaking up in July 2014 via their Facebook page.

Their discography is as follows:

* ''Death Grips'' (EP), 2011
* ''Exmilitary'' (mixtape), 2011
* ''The Money Store'', 2012
* ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'', expected to be released in 2013, leaked by the band on October 1st, 2012
* ''Government Plates'', 2013
* ''The Powers That B'', a double album expected to be released in the latter part of 2014
** ''Niggas on the Moon'', the first disc, released in June of 2014
** ''Jenny Death'', the second disc, as of yet unreleased

----
!!Death Grips' music contains the following tropes:

* AxeCrazy: MC Ride in most songs.
* ArcNumber: Three and Thirteen
** ''Government Plates'' appears to avert this though, as it is the first official release by them to not have thirteen tracks on it. [[spoiler:Until you realize it was released 13 months, 13 days, and 13 hours after ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB''.]]
** So far it looks like ''Niggas On the Moon'' is a complete aversion, but with the album's second half still to come it's fully possible it will be rounded out.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Zach Hill's playing has been known to break lug casings and bend the top hoop of his drums. He's fractured his own hand in a rehearsal once.
* AngryBlackMan: MC Ride, [[UpToEleven so much]].
* TheAntiNihilist: The whole band seems to be this, based on interviews.
* BadassBeard: Again, MC Ride.
* BoastfulRap: Oh so many.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: MC Ride, all the time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The whole band, or at least whoever's in charge of their [[http://thirdworlds.net/retrograde/ internet]] [[http://twitter.com/#!/deathgripz presence.]]
* ContemptibleCover: ''The Money Store'', to the point of MemeticMutation.
** The cover for ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' takes this UpToEleven.
*** For those who have a BileFascination, it's a picture of an erect penis in front of a bathroom wall.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' ([[SerialEscalation somehow]]) manages to be this despite the band already having some of the darkest output of any rap group.
* DoingItForTheArt: Their entire ethos.
* DreamTeam: Music/{{Bjork}} teamed up with them and contributed heavily to ''The Powers That B''.
* DroneOfDread: Frequiently used in the instrumentals, notably in "Guillotine" and incorporated into almost every track in some way on ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB.''
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Full Moon (Death Classic)" was the first song they ever dropped, and it pretty much sums up what the internet was in for.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument
* FollowTheLeader: They've already started what is essentially a new genre, or at least a new concept of combining noise and harsh noise with hip hop.
** Lo and behold, people were quick to draw similarities to Death Grips in KanyeWest's album ''Yeezus''
* GenreBusting: Good luck finding anything remotely similar... Yet....
** Clipping, as mentioned above, and B L A C K I E, who has actually been around before Death Grips but just as intense.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The music video for "Culture Shock" is a tiny distorted videoscreen superimposed over a headstone, looping repeatedly. It's hard to see, but the footage on the screen is from a pornographic sex scene.
* HarshVocals: One of the very few rap examples.
* {{Homage}}: the [[RefugeInAudacity infamous]] cover of ''No Love Deep Web'' is both this and a ShoutOut to a Black Flag poster featuring a penis on it, right down to the angle of the . . . ''shaft''.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Nay, nay, Stefan, we ''don't'' know what you're sayin'.
* LennonSpecs: Flatlander usually has these.
* LongTitle: "[[BobDylan You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat]]"
* LoudnessWar: Done on purpose, though not in a negative fashion. ''Exmilitary'' brings it to the point of SensoryAbuse.
** Fortunately though, an unmastered version of ''The Money Store'' exists on the web and isn't hard to come by, and it avoids the brickwalling of the released versions. All the stems of ''Exmilitary'' also exist on the web, so it shouldn't be hard for anyone with the right programs to make their own master that isn't so [[SensoryAbuse abrasively loud.]]
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MC Ride, in spite of his manic, frenzied onstage performances and ferocious vocal style, is exceptionally quiet, withdrawn, and soft-spoken in person.
* MindScrew: A lot of their music videos and promotional work are heavily reminiscent of [[MarbleHornets totheark's]] strange diatribes.
** It didn't help when trolls started interfering with the ARG around the time of the "No Hands" videos, posting false leads leading people through other accounts and websites and things [[FunnyMoments only to lead to a photoshopped cover of]] ''[[MemeticMutation In The Aeroplane Over The Sea]]'' by Music/NeutralMilkHotel [[FunnyMoments with MC Ride's face photoshopped over the boy.]] [[MindScrew Then one of the leads supposedly debunked lead to the discovery of actual clues and hints, as alluded to on Flatlander's website,]] as it was already difficult to determine which clues were genuine and which ones weren't, let alone if ''any of them'' were.
*** At one point the ARG had somebody buying dog aspirin off the deep web.
*** As it turns out, ''none of them were.'' After the password was figured out for a .RAR containing what was thought to be a new EP (complete with a tracklist and everything),only for it to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjBWqP8n0X8 Tim & Shim Do The Raps Out Of Their Mouths]]. The entire ARG was fake, and in the video they thanked Flatlander for "Subconsciously playing along." [[GambitRoulette Wat.]] Huh.
** Almost the entirety of ''Government Plates'', which is even more experimental (believe it or not) than their previous releases. It also was released completely out of nowhere with absolutely zero promotion or prior announcement.
* {{Minimalism}}: "Hunger Games" uses this to an [[NothingIsScarier unsettling]] effect.
* MurderBallad: Takyon, which appears to be about a gunfight. Guillotine mixes BoastfulRap ''and'' this.
* NewSoundAlbum: While they still fall under the umbrella of industrial hip-hop, each of their albums is this compared to the previous one. ''Exmilitary'' was a lot more hook- and beat-driven than their debut. ''The Money Store'' was considerably more electronic and less sample-based than ''Exmilitary'', and ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' eschews catchy hooks in general in exchange for a deeper focus on atmosphere. ''Government Plates'' took this to a new level, with a much larger emphasis on experimental electronic production and much less rapping from MC Ride. And then Ride returned in a big way for ''Niggas on the Moon'', which in general features more frenetic production, cleaner, quieter, yet far more absurd verses from Ride, and samples from ''{{Music/Bjork}}'' on every track.
* NothingIsScarier:
** The video for "Come Up And Get Me" features roughly nine minutes of silence at the beginning set to black & white footage of MC Ride going crazy.
** The instrumental for "Hunger Games" uses this.
** Flatlander's website, ever since he's been missing, usually consists of a single cryptic phrase or image at a time, occasionally with hidden images in the code or whatever the ARG calls for.
** The video for "Death Yon" has a masked individual cautiously exploring an abandoned office.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Parts of "No Love."
* OddFriendship: With RobertPattinson. He's been photographed hanging out with Ride on several occasions and is apparently a huge fan.
* PerformanceVideo: "Lock Your Doors" is their, uh... [[MindScrew interpretation]] of one.....
* PerpetualFrowner: Ride. He's subverted this on ''one'' occasion in the video for [[LongTitle "You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat"]] and boy it's [[SlasherSmile creepy as hell]]
* RockMeAsmodeus: MC Ride has a tattoo of a pentagram.
* {{Sampling}}: From Nancy Sinatra to Black Flag to Link Wray to Arthur Brown's "Fire" to voice clips of UsefulNotes/CharlesManson. "System Blower" even sampled its distinctive bridge from a ''Venus Williams tennis serve''.
* ScaryBlackMan: MC Ride, '''and how'''.
** Stefan Burnett on the other [[TheQuietOne hand]] [[ShrinkingViolet is...]]
* SensoryAbuse: Sometimes, mostly on ''Exmilitary'', which is probably the loudest of their releases. The odd, screechy synth section towards the end of "Guillotine" stands out. Most of their videos have intentional glitches and spaced-out effects, such as visual static.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Though he's [[{{Understatement}} not exactly singing,]] MC Ride's speaking voice sounds like a completely different person.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The song "Birds" is weird, [[UpToEleven even for their standards.]] Partially because it's probably the ''least abrasive song they've ever made.''
* SopranoAndGravel: On the track "Lord Of The Game", featuring Mexican Girl.
* StoicSpectacles: Flatlander
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: For a given value of "gentle"; "Culture Shock" and "Get Got" are fairly chill and closer to traditional hip-hop than the rest of their output.
** At the end of "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" comes "Artificial Death in the West", a very spacious and chilled out song after the twelve tracks of madness.
** "Birds"
* StylisticSuck: Their songs are intentionally [[LoudnessWar brickwalled and compressed to a brutal degree]], and their videos are about as close to a live-action SweetBroAndHellaJeff as you can get.
** This applies to the visuals for ''Government Plates''. A music video was made for each song, and most of them include rotating 3D art looping over and over on a black background.
* TakeThat: In "Hacker":
--> [[Music/LadyGaga Gaga can't handle this shit.]]
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' is kind of like their version of this. The majority of the sounds are produced from basic synthesizers and 808 drums, and the only sample is on "Whammy". Hill's live drums are nowhere to be found.
* TropeMaker: Industrial Rap. They are not quite the UrExample, however. (That would be B L A C K I E or clipping.)
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: In their farewell note, a portion of it read: "Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a "band"."
* UncommonTime: "Death Grips (Next Grips)" and "Spread Eagle Across The Block".
** "Hunger Games" is a subversion. It's in 4/4 time, but the rhythm is... uh.... ''batshit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCaUecZlnUQ insane]]...''
** Death Grips don't generally use a lot of strange time signatures, but they do use extensive syncopation and other strange musical features.
*** The main riff of 'Come up and get me' gets ''insanely'' syncopated around the middle before abruptly coming back at the end.
*** 'Full Moon (Death Classic)' is crazily offbeat, having some parts where Ride ignores the rhythm entirely (i.e. the 'buck buck buck buck' bit).
*** The first verse and last hook of 'You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat' both seem to kind of ignore the rhythm behind them. (Additionally, it's in 6/8.)
*** The notes that the guitar plays in the verses and choruses in 'Birds' are of incredibly uneven and unnatural lengths. Same with the synths in the second section of 'Bootleg (Don't Need Your Help)'.
*** Ride's sampled vocals on 'Whatever I Want (Fuck Who's Watching)' are weirdly syncopated.
*** 'Anne Bonny', 'Two Heavens', 'Feels Like A Wheel', 'Big House', and 'Bootleg (Don't Need Your Help)' all include abrupt tempo changes at some point in their duration.
* VulgarHumor: The leaked version of ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'' features cover art that is nothing more than a photograph of a penis. An alternate cover, released a few days later, is a picture of socks with "SUCK MY DICK" embroided on.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Andy Morin was missing from October 2012 until SXSW 2013, and it has yet to be addressed or explained.
* WordSaladLyrics:
-->Deep Web: ''I'M THE COAT HANGER IN YOUR MAN'S VAGINA!!!''
** Taken UpTo11 throughout ''Niggas on the Moon''. Go ahead, try to figure out what the [[http://rapgenius.com/Death-grips-big-dipper-lyrics lyrics to Big Dipper]] are all about.