YMMV: Death Grips

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It is unclear how much of the band's image is genuine or not.
  • Broken Base / Contested Sequel: Government Plates seems to be eliciting this reaction. On one side, you have those who appreciate the cryptic feel of the album, and feel like it was a necessary follow-up to No Love Deep Web. On the other side, you have those who feel like the album was a disappointment compared to its predecessors.
    • Fashion Week as well. Then again, a group very famous for its vicious screaming frontman releasing an entirely instrumental album will elicit this reaction.
  • Crazy Awesome: Kinda goes without saying at this point.
    • In this live performance, Ride and Zach wrecked their drum set, with Ride ripping off one of the drums and throwing it at their MacBook. Zach then continued to drum as viciously as ever on the one drum he had left.
  • Creepy Awesome: "You Might Think", and its accompanying video.
    • Ride in general.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: See here.
  • Doing It for the Art: Not even Sony can stop them from doing what they want, which Sony learned the hard way.
  • Ear Worm: Surprisingly enough, they have a lot.
    • Basically all of the Money Store hooks.
    • The start of "Guillotine". So much so that it became a meme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Flatlander is becoming one, probably due to the fact that he's such an enigma.
    • A Day in the Limelight: Government Plates is all about Flatlander's production, with much less of an emphasis on MC Ride and Hill than their past works.
  • Epic Riff:
    • The guitar-like synth throughout "I've Seen Footage".
    • The chilled out guitar riff in "Birds", played by none other than Robert Pattinson.
    • The unique, unorthodox drum riff in "Klink" has gained some popularity by itself.
  • Epileptic Trees: Their ARGs spawn a lot of them, as well as Flatlander's whereabouts. For instance, a sizable amount of people believe that Flatlander was in Korea for SXSW, and that Hill and Ride were playing over a pre-recording of Hill's drums. (Though this is not beyond reason, Skype calls have a lag to them that would've made playing live over Skype extremely difficult and impractical, along with Flatlander's website changing to pictures from Korea around the same time.)
  • Even Better Sequel: Exmilitary compared to the debut EP, and in turn Money Store compared to Exmilitary.
  • Face of the Band: MC Ride, although Hill is this to rock fans.
    • In the few interviews we have of the band, Hill does all the talking with Andy chirping in every so often. MC Ride remains silent.
      • However, in this Pitchfork interview, it's actually inverted; Ride (although it's really more of Stefan) does all the talking in his natural voice, and Hill remains silent.
  • Fan Adjective: Noided, a word that's been around since the 90s to mean "annoyed", but has been repurposed in the lyrics of "I've Seen Footage" to mean "paranoid". In practice, most Death Grips fans use it in the context of "excited" or "psyched".
  • Fountain of Memes: A never-ending fountain, even after they broke up.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The, er, "sample" at the start of "Inanimate Sensation". One commenter described it as "an army of Peter Griffins".
    • In the "unrotated edit" of the "Inanimate Sensation" video, there are select moments where we get to see Ride dancing while wearing giant googly eyes.
    • The airhorn at the very start of "Thru the Walls". Especially funny if you're a fan of montage parodies, where that same airhorn sound is spammed into the ground.
      • The airhorn returns for a choice second in the middle of "PSS PSS".
    • One of the samples used in "Have a Sad Cum" is, of all things, the sound of Ride sneezing.
    • "Klink" has the sound of Ride loudly moaning used as a backing beat. And it really makes you wonder what he's doing back there...
    • There are select moments in the "Double Helix" video (which is shot from a car's backseat camera) where we see Ride violently humping the camera.
    • The scene in which Ride viciously devours a house plant in the short movie at the start of the "Come Up and Get Me" video. It's equal parts funny and scary.
    • Most of "Hacker." The table's flipped, now we got all the coconuts, bitch!
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • "Full Moon (Death Classic)" features strange, distorted, androgynous groaning and gasping noises during the first verse, and the loud, threatening chorus (consisting of MC Ride screaming "GET 'EM" repeatedly) doesn't help.
    • The freaky klaxon noise in "The Fever".
    • The instrumental for "Lock Your Doors" with all the unexplained screaming.
    • The scream sampled throughout "You Might Think".
    • The warbled Creepy Circus Music in "Double Helix".
  • Hype Aversion: Thanks to Pitchfork and /mu/.
  • Love It or Hate It: Anything this loud is going to get this reaction. Probably deliberate.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The whole band after the entire marketing campaign of No Love Deep Web. The sheer scale of their ARG made it impossible not to notice it, and putting it on BitTorrent for free the day of the release automatically put it at number one on The Pirate Bay, and to top it all off, who wasn't going to hear about "that album with the boner on the cover"?
    • On top of that, the conflict that sparked the leak ended with Death Grips famous and with total artistic control. After having the album completed months in advance, they couldn't get their label to so much as listen to it, the release date almost ended up delayed, and at one point, the label tried to take ownership of their masters from them. So, they leak the e-mails explaining this and the label drops them, with no further repercussions. How's that for "well-played?"
    • Their debated 'break-up'. MC and Zac stated they were splitting up Death Grips and stated their last album would be released in 2014...before revealing there would be a two parter to it and released in 2015. There's also the fact their Twitter later on went offline and rebooted to another one, making the idea of a break up unlikely..
      • This later on confirmed somewhat true by the majority of people noticed the Twitter again, showing the band members at Disneyland, only to later on delete the photo and the majority of the information above. Plus the fact Jenny Death is slated to be released in March...
  • Magnum Opus: Even within the first months of the release of The Money Store people debated whether or not they'll ever be able to top it.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • ITGOESITGOESITGOESITGOESITGOESITGOESITGOESITGOES
    • "Noided" has become integrated into every DG fan's vocabulary by now.
    • I'M THE COAT HANGER IN YOUR MAN'S VAGINA
    • I am the beast I worship.
    • Ride's relationship with Anthony Fantano, which has been interpreted by many to be in the Ho Yay realm (evoking many a fanfic to be written). This wasn't helped by the fact that Exmilitary was one of Fantano's most favored albums of 2011, and Money Store received his first ever 10/10.
    • Their cult status on 4chan's /mu/ board, much like Fantano's.
    • OH SHIT I'M FEELIN IT
    • Basically every Money Store hook, period.
    • All of their album covers have probably inspired some parodies.
      • Admit it, you've been propelled at one point or another to get a Sharpie and write out "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on your member.
    • Ever since they made the futile decision to create Black Google, people have been taking Exmilitary acapellas and instrumentals to make the most inhumane mashups. "Takyon" and "Lord of the Game" seem to be the most favored in this practice.
    • DG fans jokingly classifying the band's music as "angry hobo rap" or "meme rap".
    • *glass breaks*
    • Jokes about MC Ride being a hobo/homeless.
  • Narm:
    • "Deep Web" has some, as noted by The Needle Drop in his review of NO LOVE DEEP WEB.
    • The aforementioned line about the taxi from "Hunger Games".
    • "Fuck That" dedicates several lines to the threat of hitting the listener so hard that their face ends up on their scalp, as well as what would befall the listener as a result. It would be disturbing were the mental image not outright hilarious.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The music videos.
    • MC Ride's deranged and extreme delivery, for some.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Imagine if Throbbing Gristle produced for a Hardcore Hip Hop group fronted by a Serial Killer.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The whole band, especially Ride and Flatlander.
  • No Budget: Their music videos.
  • Signature Song: "Guillotine", "I've Seen Footage", "Hacker", "The Fever (Aye Aye)".
  • Squick: In the "Spread Eagle Cross the Block" video, we get to see a skater's hand with skin peeled back after he has a nasty wipeout.
  • Tear Jerker: "Artificial Death in the West" can be seriously depressing.
    • "Birds", especially since it's one of the quietest songs in their discography.
    • "On GP", considering it has the most emotional lyrics of the discography, talking about Ride/Stefan's view of the band's bleak future and considering suicide.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
    "Deep Web": I'M THE COAT HANGER IN YOUR MAN'S VAGINA!!!
    • 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"."
  • The Untwist: It wasn't really a big surprise when the band made a less-than-subtle implication on Facebook that they'd continue making music.
  • When He Smiles: It's nice to see such a violent, hardened, and terrifying man like Ride smiling from time to time (and not like in the "You Might Think" video), like in this picture from the slew of them in the "I've Seen Footage" video.
  • X Meets Y: Public Enemy meets Industrial. Some have taken to calling their particular style "Noise Rap".