Nightmare Fuel: Death Grips
Death Grips: Cryptic, aesthetic, and scary as hell.
- Exmilitary's first song, "Beware", starts with a Charles Manson recording and continues into MC Ride giving us an all-access pass journey into Hell, laying bare an incredibly violent, nihilistic philosophy.
"I close my eyes and seize itI clench my fists and beat itI light my torch and burn itI am the beast I worship."
- The way Ride first yells "SHIT IS MINE! IT'S ALL MINE! ALL THE TIME! SHIT IS MINE!" in "Spread Eagle Cross the Block".
- The Creepy Circus Music at the start of "Double Helix", which is then heard throughout the song as a backing beat of sorts.
- The horrifying, guttural scream sampled in the bridge of "System Blower", which is from, of all things, Serena Williams returning a tennis serve. God help us all.
- "Come Up and Get Me": The entire song is about MC Ride being stuck in an 8-story abandoned building surrounded by people who want to kill him. He is also suffering from hallucinations and delusions so bad that by the end it becomes clear that though he won't commit suicide (by jumping off said building) his pain is great enough that he'll call the people hired to kill him up to get him.
- The video is Nightmare Fuel on its own merits, considering the first 9 or so minutes is of black-and-white footage of Ride effectively going insane. We see him devouring a house plant in a disquietingly feral manner, hanging upside down, and struggling to get out of a pair of handcuffs while underwater. Oh, and there's little to no sound, so you don't know what's gonna happen next.
- "No Love": The disorienting synths and the pounding drums at the beginning and during the verses are enough to unsettle the listener, but what drives it home is a single tiny line near the middle of the song:
Of course I can make you scream but if you ask for moreBullshit matador grab the floor whip it cracked to all foursYou whimper while i check my phone
- "Hunger Games": MC Ride going through mood swings, daring the person he's talking to to push him onto another one. Doesn't sound all that threatening in text, but accompanied by the crazy 808 drumbeats under his words, it makes the listener want to back away as quickly as they can.
- The album's finale, "Artificial Death in the West", is not that scary. But notice the eerie synths in the background...
- "You may think he loves you for your money but I know what he loves you for it's your leopard skin pillbox hat" begins with a sound of breaking glass and segues into MC Ride frantically rapping about dying and possessing another person's body with his spirit. Let's not forget the bloodcurdling scream sample throughout the song...
- Not to mention the video for that song. It's nothing but a big long shot of MC Ride acting batshit crazy in front of the camera, getting uncomfortably close at times.
- The backing screams throughout "Voila", backed by uncomfortably hectic beats.
"Maybe I belong to you / I'm sure you want me to / My shadow's onto you / Voila, voila"
- MC Ride's vocal delivery as well, considering he's almost seductively reciting lines laced with Paranoia Fuel.
- The second verse of "Inanimate Sensation". It's creepily whispered instead of rapped.
- The music video also combines together strange CGI animation with live action scenes of Ride rapping. The strange CGI alone might be creepy to some, but most of all there are scenes near the start of the video where the visuals briefly show menacing looking eyes starring at the viewer. Though the creepiness is also offset by scenes of Ride wearing giant googly eyes.
- "Why A Bitch Gotta Lie" - from the thrashy hard rock instrumental, distorted noises and nightmarish vocal samples throughout, to Ride's rapping in the verses processed such that he sounds like a robot from hell.
- The title track may well be one of the angriest and heaviest things they've ever made. The monstrously distorted, pounding synths and MC Ride's enraged vocal delivery, as well as lyrics seemingly about dying and becoming something else entirely can be terrifying for some listeners.
- In fact, really, the entirety of the Death Grips catalogue follows MC Ride's slow journey from being kinda violent to fully embracing a hedonistically terrible lifestyle to starting to be driven insane by said lifestyle to, with Government Plates's oddly taciturn songs, catatonia.
- Their ARGs, in which they frequently post very cryptic and creepy pictures with hidden puzzles all over 4chan and the Deep Web, and generally messing with everyone heavily.
- "Full Moon (Death Classic)". Its Nightmare Fuel is attributed mainly to MC Ride's Careful with That Axe levels getting cranked Up to Eleven. To add on to the horror, the video is extremely disorienting, with the footage of Ride flickering very quickly, and occasionally switching to a scene of a bird eating its victim.