Nightmare Fuel: Death Grips
: Cryptic, aesthetic, and scary as hell
The Money Store
- 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.
- The way Ride first yells "SHIT IS MINE! IT'S ALL MINE! ALL THE TIME! SHIT IS MINE!" in "Spread Eagle Cross the Block".
No Love Deep Web
- The Creepy Circus Music at the start of "Double Helix", which is then heard throughout the song as a backing beat of sorts.
- "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.
- "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 more
Bullshit matador grab the floor whip it cracked to all fours
You 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...
The Powers That B
- "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.
- 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.