Meet Death Grips: The Beast Lurking In The Shadows Is Set To Change the Hip-Hop Game
"I close my eyes and seize it
I clench my fists and beat it
I light my torch and burn it
I am the beast I worship...
I am the beast I worship"
By no means is Death Grips another hardcore punk rock-inspired hip-hop mash up mistake, or forced genre blending in vein of what was brought to us by the likes of Jay Z and Linkin Park. The group is a heavy hip-hop group like nothing you've heard before: Their carefully crafted sound is a perfect balancing act between genres. Taking inspiration from '80s hip hop and hardcore and building on that with a thick layer of raw unapologetic vocals, MC Ride makes even the loudest of rappers seem like they were nervously whispering.
There's nothing cute or fun about Death Grips, a breath of fresh air for California hip hop after the now-popular candy pop-rap of Kreayshawn or the swagged out "teen prankster vibe" of OFWGKTA. The production is raw, industrial, and sparse, leaving plenty of (necessary) room for MC Ride's vocals. Where other aggressive hip-hop groups have failed translating their aggressive nature from live shows to the studio, Death Grips has far exceeded that goal. On their Exmilitary mixtape, raw aggression comes through and hits you square between the eyes.
Given the chance, Death Grips will bludgeon your ear drums. You've been warned. Proceed at your own risk: