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->''We bring this for the ones who fiend to see the truth taken back in pain\\
The weakness of this scene who fucks who lack the nuts to claim\\
The streets from which that real shit comes to push you up on game!\\
What's your name? Check it, bitch!\\
It's Death Grips!''
-->--'''"Death Grips (Next Grips)"'''

Formed in December of 2010, Death Grips is an experimental AlternativeHipHop group that consists of rapper Stefan Burnett (a.k.a. MC Ride), drummer Zach Hill (of the band Hella), and producer Andy Morin, known by his stage name Flatlander. Their music is a unique and hyper-aggressive 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.

They first started in March 2011 with their self-titled EP, which featured six songs that cemented the band's rough, sampled-up sound. One month after that, their first real effort, ''Exmilitary'', was released. It showcased heavy sampling (at some times even getting the main instrumentation from samples) and got a universally positive response as the band started growing its fanbase.

Things didn't really start blowing up until 2012, when they signed to Epic Records and put out their breakthrough album: ''The Money Store'', released roughly a year after ''Exmilitary'' to the date. As it was their first studio album, production received more depth as its electronic style gave it a busier, glitchier sound. Each song on the tracklist is also notable for [[EarWorm its heavy emphasis on memorable hooks]], which can also be argued to be a big selling point for the album. Similarly, the album received lots of positive feedback, hitting #9 on Pitchfork's "best of 2012" list and receiving the [[EightPointEight first ever]] perfect 10 from WebVideo/TheNeedleDrop.

In October of that same year, the band revealed that their next release had been pushed back by Epic. In response, the band [[ThinkOfTheCensors went and released]] ''[[ThinkOfTheCensors NO LOVE DEEP WEB]]'' [[ThinkOfTheCensors for free]]. The album was notable for eschewing the same hooks that made ''Money Store'' so memorable for a deeper focus on the [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak, hopeless atmosphere]] that the album's songs found themselves in. While the previous album was more of a "radio-friendly" effort, ''NLDW'' was brooding and [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth minimalist]], with preference to electronic instruments as opposed to real ones. It's also [[{{Understatement}} slightly]] famous for its ContemptibleCover, which depicts Zach Hill's erect penis with the album title written across it. It caused many a controversial outcry, which [[StreisandEffect only seemed to]] [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity propel the album's fame further]]. According to [=BitTorrent=], ''NLDW'' had a legal download number that was reported to be around '''[[SerialEscalation 30 million downloads]]'''. Similarly, the album received a general positive response, with its changes to the band's algorithm being appreciated.

They released their next album, ''Government Plates'', in a similar fashion, 13 months, 13 days, and 13 hours after ''NLDW''. It was notably more prominent in electronic experimentation with the production, and was seen as Andy Morin's DayInTheLimelight. This ended up producing some of the band's least abrasive songs in their discography, topping off at "Birds", which would stick out like a sore thumb if placed on ''Money Store'' or ''Exmilitary'' or even on ''NLDW''. However, this production was created at the cost of heavily diminishing Ride's vocals, which was a main point of criticism for the album. While we're on the topic, ''Plates'' was the first Death Grips album to [[ContestedSequel heavily polarize listeners]], feeling like it was the band's weakest effort yet.

In June 2014, they put out the first half of their double album ''The Powers That B'', which was titled ''Niggas on the Moon''. It seemed to take the alienating bizarre factor of ''Plates'' and turn it UpToEleven, with some of the most unorthodox production yet as well as Ride at his calmest behind the mic. This was also attributed to the fact that, of all people, ''Music/{{Bjork}}'' contributed to the album by sending the band vocals which they sampled and used almost like an instrument in its own right. Critics were generally positive/ambivalent to it, and now all we had to do was wait for the second half, ''Jenny Death'', to come out. [[TemptingFate It wouldn't be that far away, right?]]

Well, one month later, the band announced that they were breaking up via their Facebook page, with the promise that ''Powers That B'' would be completed by the end of the year. This turned out to be a false statement, as ''Jenny Death'' was not seen come the end of 2014, nor was any other output by the band save for "Inanimate Sensation", a single from ''Jenny Death''. However, they started 2015 with an instrumental album called ''Fashion Week''. To sort of torture impatient fans more, the album's song letters (designed as "Runway J", "Runway E", etc.) spelled out "JENNY DEATH WHEN", which was a phrase pasted around the Internet by people crying out and begging for it. Not until March of that year would further singles surface, as well as a release date--March 31st. However, due to leakers getting access to the album early, the band just went and streamed the album on [=YouTube=]. So yeah, ''Jenny Death'' '''now'''.

They also followed this up with a Facebook announcement that they'd be having a world tour throughout summer 2015, and tickets would be on sale at March 27 of that year.

On June 4, 2015, they released a new album onto Youtube that wasn't by them; instead, it was by a band called the I.L.Y.'s. Speculation has already risen like crazy on whether or not the two bands have any connections, or if the I.L.Y.'s ''are'' Death Grips, considering some of the songs resemble Zach Hill's early work, and it is believed that Ride contributed vocals to a few of the songs.

They're recognized as one of the most morbidly unique music acts of the 2010s, and have gained a ''giant'' cult following in the meme realm, especially on [[ImageBoards 4chan's /mu/ board]].

Their discography is as follows:

* ''Death Grips'' (EP), March 2011
* ''Exmilitary'' (mixtape), April 2011
* ''The Money Store'', April 2012
* ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB'', leaked by the band in October 2012
* ''Government Plates'', November 2013
* ''Fashion Week'', January 2015
* ''The Powers That B'', a double album.
** ''Niggas on the Moon'' (disc 1), June 2014
** ''Jenny Death'' (disc 2), March 2015

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!!Death Grips' music contains the following tropes:
* 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.
** Rehearsal footage used in the video for "No Love" shows him drumming full-force with his bare hands and ''headbutting his crash cymbal.''
* AngryBlackMan: MC Ride, [[UpToEleven so much]].
* TheAntiNihilist: The whole band seems to be this, based on interviews.
* AntiPoliceSong: "Klink".
* AscendedMeme: The phrase "JENNY DEATH WHEN" became something of a meme, being used frequently as a burning question asked by Death Grips fans. [[spoiler:On the album ''Fashion Week'', all of the tracks' letters spell that phrase.]]
** "Zach here, thanks man" finally appeared on the official Death Grips twitter on April Fools' Day 2015.
* AstralFinale: "Artificial Death in the West" acts somewhat like this (it is the last track on ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB''), with its spacey synth-based sound.
* ArcNumber: Three and thirteen.
** The band is composed of three members.
** ''Exmilitary'', ''Money Store'', and ''NLDW'' all have 13 tracks.
** ''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''.]]
** Averted by ''Fashion Week''. [[spoiler:Justified, since the tracks' letters come together to spell "JENNY DEATH WHEN", which is fourteen letters long.]]
** Both ''Niggas On the Moon'' and ''Jenny Death'' averted this.
** ''I've Always Been Good at True Love'' (the album by the ILY's) has 9 (or 3 squared) tracks.
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lzJcEOkqT4 Guillotine]]" really seems to be a fan favorite.
** Everyone always shouts the "triple six, five, forked tongue" line at the start of "Takyon".
** Audiences have also been known to shout the intro to "No Love" alongside Ride.
* AxCrazy: MC Ride in most songs.
* BadassBaritone: Ride, when he isn't screaming.
** Applies to Stefan as well when he's talking normally, like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWdpEnJfxI the Pitchfork interview]].
* BadassBeard: Again, Ride.
* BadassBoast: "I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States".
* BoastfulRap: Oh so many.
* BrokenRecord: The hook to "World of Dogs". ''"It's all suicide, it's all suicide..."''
* CallBack: "Takyon", "Known For It", and "I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)"[[note]]although on the EP, it was called "Where's It At (Death Heated)"[[/note]] on the debut EP would later become part of the ''Exmilitary'' track list.
* CameraAbuse: In the "Hustle Bones" video, we see an open bottle of milk tossed into a dryer. When the dryer starts working, the bottle and milk go flying every which way, including the camera lens.
** Let's not forget Ride viciously humping the camera in "Double Helix".
** The video for "I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States" consists of rehersal footage in which the camera is strapped to the performers' wrists.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: MC Ride's known for this--choice examples include "Voila" (in which he sounds like he's being disemboweled) "Spread Eagle Cross The Block" (SHIT IS MINE/IT'S ALL MINE/ALL THE TIME!) and "Full Moon (Death Classic)" (in which he spends the whole rap shouting).
* {{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 the erect penis of Zach Hill in front of a bathroom wall with the album title written on it in marker.
*** Even the "clean" ''NLDW'' cover (a picture of a pair of socks with "SUCK MY DICK" embroided on them) still fits here.
* CreepyCircusMusic: Provides a backing beat throughout "Double Helix".
* 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, with both the lyrics and musical production being bleaker to commemorate the album's focus on atmosphere as opposed to ''The Money Store'', which relied mainly on catchy hooks.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The first nine or so minutes of the "Come Up and Get Me" video is black and white footage of Ride going insane. [[NothingIsScarier It's also mostly silent.]]
* DemonicPossession: The lyrics to "You Might Think..." depict Ride dying and possessing someone else through his spirit.
* DerangedAnimation: The music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfonhRkfaf0 True Vulture]], animated by Galen Pehrson and featuring voiceover work by Jena Malone of Film/DonnieDarko fame.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''The Powers That B'', which consists of two halves: ''Niggas on the Moon'' and ''Jenny Death''.
* DreamTeam: Music/{{Bjork}} teamed up with them and contributed heavily to ''The Powers That B''.
* DroneOfDread: Frequently used in the instrumentals, notably in "Guillotine" and much of ''NO LOVE DEEP WEB''.
* EldritchAbomination: One interpretation of The Powers That B.
* EpicRocking: "Beware", "I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)", "No Love", "Artificial Death in the West", "Whatever I Want (Fuck Who's Watching)", "Up My Sleeves", "Inanimate Sensation", "Beyond Alive", "The Powers That B", and "On GP" are all over 5 minutes.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Full Moon (Death Classic)" was one of the first songs they ever dropped, and it pretty much sums up what the internet was in for.
* ExorcistHead: Referenced in "Guillotine".
-->The screens flashing red, can't see shit but heads
-->Spinning exorcist like planets
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Especially in the sense that their beats are sample-based and often take instrumentation straight from those samples.
** "Face Melter" samples, of all things, ''a Kodak printer''.
** The bass of "Hustle Bones" is an overmodulated and pitch-shifted motorcycle engine.
** "System Blower" sampled its distinctive bridge from the sound of ''Venus Williams returning a strike.''
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Common in live shows, often involving "Takyon".
** ''Niggas on the Moon'' commonly segues directly from one track to the next.
* 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 Music/KanyeWest's album ''Yeezus''.
* FreudianThreat: The rather memorable line "I'm the coat hanger in your man's vagina," off of "Deep Web".
* GenreBusting: Good luck finding anything remotely similar... Yet....
** B L A C K I E, dlek and clipping. take similarly extreme and experimental approaches to hip-hop, but none sound quite the same--or quite like each other.
* 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.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Used as the backing beat for "Blackjack".
* {{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''.
* HumanoidAbomination: MC Ride himself in a couple songs, like "You Might Think..." and "The Powers That B."
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Song Naming]]: The tracks on ''Fashion Week'' all share a naming theme: the word "Runway", and then a letter. [[spoiler:As the track listing shows, all of the letters spell "JENNY DEATH WHEN".]]
* IndecipherableLyrics: Nay nay, Ride, we ''don't'' know what you're sayin'.
* {{Instrumental}}: ''Fashion Week'' is a completely instrumental album.
** "Cut Throat" and "5d" off of ''Exmilitary'', which are both sort of instrumental interludes.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: In "Guillotine," MC Ride pronounces the L sound in "guillotine" (which is usually silent) for the purpose of flowing better.
* LennonSpecs: Andy 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]]", which is often abbreviated simply as "You Might Think" or sometimes just "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.]]
* LuckyCharmsTitle: ''No Love Deep Web'' is sometimes stylized as ''N LV∑ D∑∑P W∏B''.
* 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 [[WebVideo/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 Andy'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.
** 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.
* MinisculeRocking: "5D" and "Cut Throat", both off of ''Exmilitary''.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Usually close to the harder end of the scale, with the 9-10 range being ideal and common.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually in the 7-10 range, with "Birds" and "Get Got" falling back to around a 4. "Full Moon (Death Classic)" may as well be a borderline 11.
* {{Mondegreen}}: One of the lines in "Birds" says what innocently seems like "I had a bluebird / Now it's dead". However, lyric sites claim that it's actually "I had a bluebird / Now it's ''did''".
* MotiveRant: "Beware" can be considered one, as Ride lays bare his incredibly individualistic and nihilistic philosophy in it.
* 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 EP. ''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. Let's not forget ''Fashion Week'', which takes the roots of ''Government Plates'' and plays with them at will, having special amounts of freedom since it's a wholly instrumental album.
* NothingIsScarier:
** The video for "Come Up And Get Me" features roughly nine minutes of black & white footage of MC Ride going crazy.
** The instrumental for "Hunger Games" uses this.
** Andy'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.
* NotQuiteDead: Despite the band making a big statement that they were breaking up, they not only put out more music afterwards but left lots of fans in disbelief--not shocked disbelief, but "I know that this isn't true" disbelief. Soon enough, the band not only completed ''The Powers That B'' but confirmed on Facebook that their music-making days aren't quite over.
* NumberOfTheBeast: The opening line on "Takyon" is "''triple six'', five, forked tongue".
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Parts of "No Love" and "Spread Eagle Cross The Block".
* OddFriendship: With RobertPattinson. He's been photographed hanging out with Ride on several occasions and is apparently a huge fan.
** Apparently, Pattinson was one behind the guitar riff of "Birds".
* TheOner: The video for "You might think..." and the first video for "On GP". In fact, the latter has actually confused viewers as to whether it's video or a still image.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Some of the ''Powers That B'' tracks ("On GP" comes to mind) go from the band's usual experimental rap style and goes into full-on rap rock. It's essentially something you'd find on ''Exmilitary'', but on steroids and crack.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The song "Birds" is weird, [[UpToEleven even for their standards.]] Partially because it's probably the ''least abrasive song they've ever made.''
* PerformanceVideo: "The Fever" and "No Love".
** "Guillotine", "Hustle Bones", "Double Helix", and "Come Up and Get Me" (after the 9-minute mark) have only Ride performing the song.
** "Lock Your Doors" is their, uh... [[MindScrew interpretation]] of one.....
* PerpetualFrowner: Ride. He's subverted this on ''one'' occasion in the video for "You Might Think...", and boy it's [[SlasherSmile creepy as hell]].
* PowersThatBe: They have an double album called ''The Powers That B''.
* PrettyInMink: After the "short film" in the "Come Up and Get Me" video, we see Ride rapping the song in a fur coat.
* RapRock: For about half of ''Jenny Death'', the band is joined by a live organist and guitarist. On GP takes this even further, featuring Andy Morin on bass guitar.
* RefugeInAudacity: Oh, let us count the ways...
** Epic Records giving you some ExecutiveMeddling on your new album release? Just go and release the album for free ''immediately''. Having an erect penis on the cover wouldn't hurt, either.
** ''Government Plates'' and ''Niggas on the Moon'', both deliberately made with high mindfuck levels in the experimental production.
* RockMeAsmodeus: MC Ride has a tattoo of a pentagram.
* {{Sampling}}: Extensively. Often overlaps with EverythingIsAnInstrument (see above). The following examples are just some of the examples in their music.
** Their debut EP's first track primarily samples Nancy Sinatra's "Lightning's Girl".
** ''Exmilitary'':
*** The album starts with the famous "I roll the nickels" clip by UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.
*** "Klink" primarily samples Music/BlackFlag's "Rise Above".
*** "I Want It I Need It" primarily samples Music/PinkFloyd's "Interstellar Overdrive".
*** "Lord of the Game" features the "I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE!" clip from Arthur Brown's "Fire".
*** "Spread Eagle Cross the Block" primarily samples Link Wray's "Rumble".
* ScaryBlackMan: MC Ride, '''and how'''.
** Stefan Burnett on the other hand is [[TheQuietOne quite]] [[ShrinkingViolet the opposite]].
* SceneryGorn: The video to "Inanimate Sensation" is shown through the TV display of a basketball court--which has just fallen off the ceiling and gone straight through the floor.
** A lesser case in "The Powers That B," which consists of sped-up footage of Stefan and Zach cleaning up a torn-open beanbag chair.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Like most rappers, MC Ride tends to stack his vocals--but given his trademark style, this is how it tends to come out.
* 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.
** The instrumental of "Punk Weight" is as abrasive as all hell, and sounds like your speakers are being busted.
** Most of their videos have intentional glitches and spaced-out effects, such as visual static. "Full Moon" is probably the most glaring example of straight-on optical abuse, considering a good portion of the footage of Ride in that video is played while flickering intensely.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Culture Shock" and "5D" off of ''Exmilitary''.
* ShoutOut:
** The song title "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" is of course a Music/BobDylan lyric.
** [[Literature/TheHungerGames "Hunger Games"]] kind of goes without saying.
** See ExorcistHead above.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: A rare rap example--if you heard Stefan speak, you'd never believe he was MC Ride.
* SlasherSmile: The video for "You Might Think...". It's the one time Ride isn't always [[PerpetualFrowner frowning]], and after watching the video, [[NightmareFuel you'd wish it would stay that way]].
* SopranoAndGravel: On the track "Lord Of The Game", featuring Mexican Girl.
* StoicSpectacles: Andy.
* StylisticSuck: Their songs are intentionally [[LoudnessWar brickwalled and compressed to a brutal degree]], and their videos are about as close to a live-action WebComic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff as you can get. Take the videos for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orlbo9WkZ2E "Guillotine"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W43aQxzjyeM "The Fever (Aye Aye)"]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl3XWUhUOM "Takyon"]], for example.
** 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.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Subverted--save for "Get Got," their calmest songs musically tend to be their heaviest lyrically.
* SurrealMusicVideo: ''All of them.''
** "Guillotine" has Ride rapping the lyrics in the passenger seat of a car, with a majority of the screen being consumed by grainy distortion.
** "The Fever" has the band performing the song, but with an ''extremely'' weird, darkening filter on top of the footage.
** "Full Moon (Death Classic)" switches between Ride ferociously rapping as [[SensoryAbuse the footage flickers to no end]] as well as grotesquely candid footage of one bird preying on another.
** "Come Up and Get Me" has a 9-minute "short film" at the start, which treats us with [[NothingIsScarier largely silent]] black-and-white footage of Ride going insane.
** "No Love" is a PerformanceVideo with the footage split into two parts put up against each other; one part is completely tinted red, and the other is tinted green. Not to mention the sliding captions at the bottom that are in an order such as this: "on the first day I gave a fuck", "on the second day I did not give a fuck", "on the third day I gave a fuck".
** "Double Helix" has Ride rapping the song from various car back-cameras, sometimes aggressively humping the camera or even doing handstands on the car.
** "I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States" is shot from a camera hooked up to one of Hill's drumsticks, so you can see it flying wildly about.
* TakeThat: In "Hacker":
--> [[Music/LadyGaga Gaga can't handle this shit.]]
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Fashion Week''.
** ''The Money Store'', if the "DEATH GRIPS" carved onto the masochist's chest doesn't count.
* 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 there are comparatively few instances of what can be identified as samples. Hill has, for the most part, traded his drumkit in for some electronic drumpads.
** ''Government Plates'' can be argued to be even ''more'' stripped down.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Used frequently, usually molded into Ride's famous "BEEYOTCH".
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Applies to the band's discography as a whole, but really gets explored on ''Exmilitary''.
* TitleScream:
** The chorus of "Takyon". Good grief.
** "Spread Eagle Cross the Block" starts with Ride shouting the song title three times. The same sound clip is reused later in the song.
** The beginning portion of "I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States" features Ride doing nothing but repeatedly shouting the song title.
* TitleTrack: Their self-titled debut EP, ''No Love Deep Web'', ''Government Plates'', and ''The Powers That B'' all have one. Well, ''NLDW'' is a bit unique, in the sense that there are two tracks named "No Love" and "Deep Web".
* TropeCodifier: Industrial rap. While groups like The Disposible Heroes of Hiphoprisy had been combining industrial elements with rap and hip-hop since as far back as the late 1980s, Death Grips' sound has come to define the style since their inception.
* UncommonTime:
** "Death Grips (Next Grips)" and "Spread Eagle Cross The Block".
** The vocal part of "Big House" is in 7/8.
** "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...' 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.
* UpToEleven: To the point where anything below 11 is highly out of the blue. As [[WebVideo/TheNeedleDrop Anthony Fantano]] stated, when it comes to them, "everything becomes ''extreme''."
* 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.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ride, more often than not.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Andy Morin was missing from October 2012 until SXSW 2013, and it has yet to be addressed or explained.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Not too extreme, but still fits here; "Takyon" is most likely derived from a tachyon, a hypothetical particle that travels faster than light.
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