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  • Acclaimed Flop: The Money Store is considered the band's best album and one of the greatest albums of the 2010s, but sold an abysmal 3,200 copies first week and fell off the main Billboard charts immediately.
  • Artist Disillusionment: Death Grips have a love/hate relationship with their fans, especially as time went on and certain fans became more invasive or obsessive - compare "Bitch Please", where MC Ride extols his fans for looking for something beyond mainstream, to "Giving Bad People Good Ideas", which is specifically about how shallow-minded their fans are, and "Centuries of Damn", where he states he hates his fans and their unwillingness to break society... and, yet, confesses he loves them as well.
  • Big Name Fan:
    • Björk. Death Grips remixed two of her songs for her Bastards remix album, and samples of her voice appear throughout Niggas on the Moon. Additionally, "Guillotine" makes her...feel things.
    • David Bowie outright named the band as one of the inspirations for his album .
    • Robert Pattinson is a huge fan as well, even contributing some guitar work for "Birds".
    • Eric Andre is an outspoken fan of the band. According to a Reddit AMA, his favorite DG track is "You Might Think", and he has reportedly tried to get them onto his show since it started, with no luck.
    • Tyler, the Creator. The inaugural issue of his GOLF magazine included a review of The Money Store, in which Tyler lists his favorite song as "Hustle Bones", details how he and a friend managed to build a whole trampoline in 17 minutes while listening to Exmilitary, and also notes how he nearly died after putting on "Stockton" and burning rubber, only to end up hydroplaning at 60-70 mph.
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  • Channel Hop: From Epic Records to Harvest Records. See Executive Meddling below for the reason why.
  • Doing It for the Art: Their entire ethos. They released several of their works entirely for free and "broke up" mostly because they were afraid that this would be uncontrollably subverted.
  • Executive Meddling: Epic Records attempted to push back the date of NO LOVE DEEP WEB's release to some time in 2013, when the Alternate Reality Game they'd been running had hyped the original release date of October 23rd, 2012 for quite some time. Death Grips responded by immediately leaking the album (22 days ahead of schedule), with a photograph of a penis as the cover. On Halloween 2012, the band additionally leaked confidential letters from Epic, which pushed the label to officially drop them off.
  • Follow the Leader: 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 Kanye West's album Yeezus. Other groups, like Black Pus and Ho99o9, have also incorporated a strong degree of Death Grips influence into their sound.
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  • Genre Popularizer: For industrial hip hop and punk rap. Those genres had already existed in some form since the 1980's, but Death Grips was the first band to achieve widespread underground success with them.
  • He Also Did: Zach Hill is known for his involvement with Hella, among many, many other projects. Also, in addition to his work with Death Grips, Stefan Burnett is a very talented painter.
  • No Budget: The vast majority of their music videos are done with very little financial investment. A prime example is "Giving Bad People Good Ideas", which is three minutes and change of Zach Hill fucking around with an old shoe.
  • No-Hit Wonder: Despite having some of the biggest and most loyal fanbases on the internet that often surpasses that of mainstream artists, they never have an album debut on the top 40 on the main Billboard charts and they usually fall off the charts in one week and on other charts in less than a month and none of their singles even chart on any charts. Considered how experimental and non-mainstream their music are and how they often release their music for free, this is completely justified.
  • Reclusive Artist: The band as a whole frequently shies away from social platforms, using them at most to upload cryptic messages. Ride has personally identified with this trope as well:
    "I'm a very private person, I have very few people that I call my friends. I'm very distrustful of human beings in general; I'm very distrustful of media. I have no interest in sharing my personal life with the world. Zero."
  • Schedule Slip: The Powers That B achieved notoriety for this. Prior to its finally being released in 2015, the album failed to see a 2014 release (as the band promised) and nearly every speculated release date came and went—even ones promised (and later retracted) by Harvest Records. Their website had been promising that "digital and physical release dates [were] coming soon" since October 2014.
  • Trolling Creator: So very much. As but one example, the letters of the songs on Fashion Week spell out Jenny Death When, referring to the fact that the release date for Jenny Death had yet to be announced at the time of Fashion Week's release. (The phrase was a popular question on Image Boards and elsewhere, making it a bit of an Ascended Meme.) With the song "BB Poison", they have fully become self-aware of the effects they have on their fanbase.


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