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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It is unclear how much of the band's image is genuine or not.
  • Awesome Music: See here.
  • Big Name Fan: Artists with long-established careers such as Kanye West, Kasabian, David Bowie and Björk (who contributed vocal samples to Niggas on the Moon) have greatly acknowledged the impact that Death Grips have had on their most recent work.
  • Broken Base: Death Grips - forerunners of an up and coming unique take on hip-hop, or talentless hobos that just make pure noise, fueled by white backpacker snobs who don't actually like rap? Not helped by BLKHRTS (a rap group with similar distortion and death metal/rock/industrial influences, often compared to DG) being vocal about how they believe Death Grips is a white-fueled psuedo-indie capitalist insult to rap, and a review by a professor of music who had much the same criticism, albeit leaning toward B L A C K I E.
    • Unique, or ripoffs of acts like dälek, B L A C K I E, clipping., et cetera? Not helped by B L A C K I E (very possibly lightly) calling Death Grips "mainstream" during their falsified label breakup and jokingly comparing MC Ride to a kid wearing a cape.
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    • See Contested Sequel below.
  • 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: Not even Sony can stop them from doing what they want, which Sony learned the hard way.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Andy Morin is becoming one, probably due to the fact that he's such an enigma. Government Plates is all about Andy'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.
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    • The unique, unorthodox drum riff in "Klink" has gained some popularity by itself.
    • The guitar riffs in "Beyond Alive" and "Centuries of Damn" are also very memorable.
    • To say nothing of Reinhart's guitar work on "Ring a Bell."
    • "Black Paint" is home to another one of Death Grips' best riffs with background chanting of "AYE AYE AYE" to make it even better
  • Epileptic Trees: Their ARGs spawn a lot of them, as well as Andy Morin's whereabouts. For instance, a sizable amount of people believe that Andy 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 Andy's website changing to pictures from Korea around the same time.)
    • A much weirder theory regarding Andy's absence is he and BLANK BANSHEE, a known vaporwave/trapwave artist, were the same guy.
  • Even Better Sequel: Exmilitary compared to the debut EP, and in turn The 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.
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  • 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. Just look at Memetic Mutation below.
  • Fridge Brilliance: "You Might Think..." opens with the sound of breaking glass. Broken mirrors (or other reflective surfaces) are one of the most common signs of possession.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Venn diagram of Death Grips fans and Anthony Fantano fans is nearly a circle.
    • Death Grips fans have a close relationship with Kero Kero Bonito of all things, thanks to the cover of "I've seen Footage" during the Sacramento tour, as seen here. Many fans have asked for a colab between the two of them, either ironically or unironically. It helps that they have some similarities in things like vocals while having a much Lighter and Softer theme in Kero's part, to the point where some fans call Kero Kero Bonito "Life Grips".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Deep Web" has the line "don't make me take my face off". In the Twin Peaks revival, there's a scene where Sarah Palmer removes her face in front of an aggressive bar patron trying to make a move on her, revealing a void behind it that causes his throat to burst open.
  • Hype Aversion: Thanks to Pitchfork and /mu/.
  • I Am Not Shazam: It’s a common misconception that Andy Morin goes by the stagename “Flatlander,” when in actuality the name refers to both Andy and Zach together (the two of them making up the production side of Death Grips).
  • Memetic Mutation: See here.
  • 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.
    • Ride shouting "BIATCH" at the top of his lungs in "I Want It I Need It"
    • Ride's constant barrages of "AAAAH OOOOH OOOH WAH OOOOOH WAAAAH" in "Blood Creepin'" can sound pretty silly to some listeners.
    • Ride's constant shoutings of "BLOBLOBLOBLOBLO" in "Hot Head" is silly.
    • From "Come Up and Get Me": "FUCK A NAZI!"
    • Ride screaming "MY MAN!" in "Turned Off", mainly because it sounds like he's saying "MOMMY!"
  • Narm Charm:
    • The music videos.
    • MC Ride's deranged and extreme delivery, for some.
    • Andy Morin's hyperactive, animated stage persona—More often than not, it seems he's outright euphoric just to be playing.
    • "Inanimate Sensation" is a completely ridiculous song on paper, what with its production that has been compared to "A chorus of screaming Peter Griffins" and the weird funhouse effects MC Ride puts on his voice throughout the song, but the band manages to make it a Crazy Awesome banger when it could have been an unlistenable mess.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Imagine if Throbbing Gristle produced for a Hardcore Hip Hop group fronted by a Serial Killer.
  • Older Than They Think: Industrial rap. While the band is far and away the most well-known example, other industrial/rap-fusion projects have existed for decades.
  • 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.
    • "Pss Pss", a song about pissing on people. Could also be a kink for some.
  • Tear Jerker: You might not expect this from them, but they have enough for their own page.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: See Contested Sequel.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
    • 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'."
    • Their Instagram often falls under this; strange images are uploaded with zero context, sometimes repeatedly (with the most extreme example being a bottle full of cigarettes being posted 45 times in a row).
  • Uncanny Valley: The Björk samples on Niggas on the Moon, which are twisted and looped in a way that makes them sound creepily inhuman.
  • The Un-Twist: It wasn't really a big surprise when the band made a less-than-subtle implication on Facebook that they'd continue making music.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Collaborators that worked alongside the band for Year of the Snitch include Lucas Abela, Justin Chancellor, and, of all people, Andrew Adamson. Robert Pattinson's appearance on "Birds" could also count as this.


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