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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the experimental rap group was self-released and posted as a free download. It was official release on iTunes on 14 January 2014.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 29, 2014
    90
    Its idiosyncratic animus is something to behold, and even if you don’t like it, both the digital age and Burnett himself can reassure you with the verse, “Don’t worry; in a few, you’ll all be somewhere else.”
  2. May 29, 2014
    84
    Unlike the blunt, confrontational NO LOVE DEEP WEB, Government Plates lets you think for yourself and even if it doesn’t have an agenda, that doesn’t mean it’s nihilistic.
  3. May 29, 2014
    80
    Somehow all these disparate parts click together and make Government Plates the most captivating Death Grips album yet.
  4. May 29, 2014
    80
    Featuring minimal hooks, guttural yelps and harrowing production, Government Plates sounds like nothing else this year--so in other words, it sounds a whole lot like Death Grips.
  5. May 29, 2014
    70
    Government Plates is a rap record, albeit one whose abstracted fury and next-level formalism make Kanye's Yeezus sound kind of quaint.
  6. May 29, 2014
    70
    Those instrumentals stop and start, throb and zap, sprint and lurch, empty out or swarm with noise, and they often completely switch texture in midtrack--the more disorienting the better.
  7. 25
    The focus is less on total mayhem and more on creating droning dystopian soundscapes that MC Ride might occasionally hop on to yell over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 17, 2017
    9
    I don't really see the problem. I think this is great! Sure, it's not the "Ride Rodeo" we've come to expect from Death Grips, but it's moreI don't really see the problem. I think this is great! Sure, it's not the "Ride Rodeo" we've come to expect from Death Grips, but it's more like the "Hill and Morin Haunted House". The instrumentals are the main focus, is what I meant. Ride's vocals are used like Thom Yorke's vocals on Kid A at points, with them just being a part of the beat. And I feel that takes away a bit of the kick, which I feel might be a big issue to others. However, I myself think it brings a nice ominous sound to the beats.

    TL;DR
    It's a great album, but different from all their other releases (although that's their goal, innit?)
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  2. Jun 9, 2014
    8
    Simplistic, minimalistic, and nihilistic, this album seems more like an experiment for them, on top of their already-experimental genre. It'sSimplistic, minimalistic, and nihilistic, this album seems more like an experiment for them, on top of their already-experimental genre. It's my least favorate of their albums, but they still offer the memorable first half with Ride's awesome yells and grunts. Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    8
    As prolific and genre-bending Death Grips actually are, their DIY ethic of releasing music is what sets them apart from most other musicalAs prolific and genre-bending Death Grips actually are, their DIY ethic of releasing music is what sets them apart from most other musical acts. This record, Government Plates, fell right out of the blue one day only to be listened by every and any die hard Death Grips fan. No pay, no anything. Didn't even pull a "Radiohead". Same goes for "No Love Deep Web", but that was slightly a different situation. Death Gips have proven time and time again that they obviously stride for such obscurities for their own sick, distorted pleasure.

    The first few tracks are some of the heaviest tracks they've produced yet. MC Ride sounds manic of course, but the true beauty to this record are Flatlander and Zach Hill. The productions never been this raw, never this heavy. Zach's drumming opts for a more primal sound, whereas "The Money Store" and "No Love" they feel very generated, synthetic sounding. Instead of Ride being the forefront shouting his obscenities in your ear so loud it almost hurts, he almost takes a backseat. Jumps in to spit a few loud verses, then basically sampled throughout the track. Some find it a bad thing, I don't mind it honestly. If not for the production being so abrasive and quite clearly the point, it'd be a deal breaker.

    All In All, "Government Plates" is their rawest release. Minimalistic on some tracks, screwdriver in your ear abrasiveness on others, but always keeping it one step ahead of almost every modern hip hop act. B+
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  4. May 10, 2015
    7
    Coming from the previous releases of Death Grips, Government Plates is a disappointment. But it is still a good album nonetheless. Death GripsComing from the previous releases of Death Grips, Government Plates is a disappointment. But it is still a good album nonetheless. Death Grips is still holding on to their aggressive, experimental sound, but MC Ride isn't rapping enough (he's the reason we all love Death Grips, right?) and I don't see very many instances of Zach Hill's excellent drumming skills. In my opinion, this would have been better credited to Andy Morin, with guest appearances from his band members. But this album still has some great material. I think it's hard to not like "Birds". Grade: B. Highlights: "Two Heavens", "You Might Think...", "Birds". Worst song: "Feels like a Wheel" Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2016
    6
    Well, this is obviously not as focused on mc ride as the rest of death grips discography but it is still cool birds is an amazing piece ofWell, this is obviously not as focused on mc ride as the rest of death grips discography but it is still cool birds is an amazing piece of work and some of the instrumentals are also very catchy Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2018
    6
    So... Death Grips made a mediocre album. I mean you have the production that every Death Grips album has so that's good but, the problem isSo... Death Grips made a mediocre album. I mean you have the production that every Death Grips album has so that's good but, the problem is that the album isn't that substantive outside of the instrumentals unlike other Death Grips records like their recent Year of the Snitch or Steroids or The Money Store. There are also some cuts and instrumentals that kind of suck. That's something I wouldn't expect from Death Grips. WHAT THE F*CK! I dunno it was alright. Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    4
    This is an odd album. I was a fan of Death Grips previous work (especially The Money Store) and I feel like they did not have the sameThis is an odd album. I was a fan of Death Grips previous work (especially The Money Store) and I feel like they did not have the same delivery on this album. I understand what they were going for, I'm just not a fan of the fact there are minimal mc ride lyrics (as a lot of the vocals are samples) Expand

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