The Money Store - Death Grips
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Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut release on Epic for Death Grips is the first of two albums released this year by the Sacramento alternative rap trio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    100
    The Money Store thrills like no other set heard this year.
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    Cynics might call it selling out or betrayal, but the convenience of bringing Death Grips' innovative and destructive sound to a potentially wider audience is, at the very least, a positive thing.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    87
    Death Grips appeals to the knuckle-dragging troglodyte and the smirking smart kid in us: thick-headed goonery and bookish, viscera-free nerdiness, making beautifully misanthropic music together.
  4. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    An album that's incredibly incendiary and challenging (while still entertaining).
  5. May 1, 2012
    80
    This is gritty, grimy, hardcore hip-hop, as nasty as it wants to be.
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    75
    This is punk rock with a hip-hop face-lift, and the merger here is equally trippy ("Get Got") and noisily belligerent ("System Blower").
  7. Apr 26, 2012
    40
    Burnett's one-note anger may be fine for those who fetishise the punk-rock mode of expression, but the near-total lack of range in his vocal approach is a poor match for the careening thrill of the music, and wearyingly basic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    Nice album. The Money Store is a breath of fresh air. If you've listene to their first album, Exmilitary, then i would say your in for a treat. Death Grips comes in hard on the new album, setting a crazy tempo that will fluctuate throughout the album, keeping the listener is a satisfiying, shocking state. Zach Hill (drummer) continues to be the peice that sets this show apart from other hip-hop fusion acts. at times, it's hard to remmber that its live drumming, but the crazy time signatures will suddenly remind you. Production is super-clean despite the array of gritty, distorted samples. lyrics are dark, but not pretentious. this album is not for everyone, thats for sure, but even if u like it a little bit, there'll come an intoxicated night in your future where you'll be glad u have it on deck. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    It's still new, but in the two years since it was put out, it's become clear to me that this is my favorite hip hop album of all time. Better than It Takes a Nation of Millions? Yes. Better than 3 Feet High? Yes. Better than 36 Chambers? Yes.
    Every track has so much going on in it that the replay value is through the roof. And despite Death Grips being a band that sounds esoteric and inaccessible on paper, the hooks on nearly every track are among the catchiest you'll hear. The album is fast paced, having as much in common with hardcore punk as it does hip hop, and it isn't light listen by any means.
    MC Ride shows off his quieter, but still fast paced flow in Get Got, and maintains his lungbursting screaming on most other tracks, while Zach Hill's breakneck drumming drives the beats, supported by Flatlander's incredible performance as a producer on the record, making this one of the most unique listens you'll ever have the pleasure to come across.
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  3. Jan 9, 2013
    10
    Best album of the Year, Favorite Rap Album Ever now. Sonic Hellscapes, Grime, Rap-Punk Vocals and Screeches Make this sound like nothing else ive heard in years Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2013
    9
    This is truly unlike any hip-hop/punk record I've ever heard. They fuse those two genres better than any other band I've listened too. Death Grips are extremely in your face, discussing death and political issues to the most abrasive degree possible. The opener "Get Got" is by far one of the best tracks I've heard in a really long time, probably ever. The Production, the drumming, MC Ride's fantastic brutal lyrics, all top-notch fantastic. All In All, Death Grips not only craft a great hip-hop record, but an important one also. I recommend this highly. A- Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2012
    9
    What Death Grips have managed to do on 'The Money Store' is move forward and become more accessible without sounding like they've been instructed to do so. They've taken the fundamental aspects of their sound which made Exmilitary sound so raw and visceral and turn them into ingredients for writing hard-hitting rap songs with more of a 'pop' edge, with most of the tracks focusing on hooks and loud choruses in the way Exmilitary never did. The Money Store is a perfect balance of brutality and accessiblity and could be one of the best albums of 2012, and maybe one of the best of the 2010s. Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2013
    9
    Great album and definitely one of the best 2012 album. Blends rap with element from metal, punk, drone, noise and electronic music combined with sublime production and MC Ride's mindblowing vocals, it's not like any music I've heard lately and I mean it in a good way. Content itself is incredibly dark, somehow reminded me of Nico & Velvet Underground. Highlight tracks: The Fever (Aye Aye), Please, Get Got, I've Seen Footage Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2013
    5
    [5.5] The Money Store definitely hits hard, but its torpid, dull production completely negates any energy that this album brings forth. I don't have any specific problem with this album in particular, I just don't care for Death Grips' style. Get Got is a fast, hectic, and incredibly fluent, but it seems that after the track, the album just loses any flow it had to begin with, and just showcases the loud, disorganized, and ultimately underwhelming instrumentation and very underwhelming vocals the album tries to boast. Expand

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