Welcome to Origin Event.
In this series; I am going to attempt to discover the origins of the current metal trend in Hip Hop…
Written by Noah Møtion
When I was a teenager all I ever did was browse YouTube. I didn’t go outside much. I didn’t hang out with my friends really. I didn’t do anything except discover the world… online.
At that time I thought I was pretty hardcore. I was really into heavy and thoughtful music. I fancied myself as someone who had discovered all of the most hardcore and abrasive musicians anyone could find. An elitist, pretentious, teenager with high expectations for musicians I’d never met and with low opinions of anyone who wasn’t into what I was into…
Then one day I discovered Death Grips. The first time I heard contemporary musicians brilliantly blend metal and hardcore punk and Hip Hop.
Death Grips changed my world-view in 2011. They helped me grow up in a way. The way in which they turned Hip Hop on its head was not what I was expecting at all. I enjoyed the Ex-Military tape quite a lot… But every project after that made the tape seem fairly tame and unambitious. I mean, they really subverted any expectation I could’ve hoped to have. And their art hasn’t just affected me; Bjork is a vocal Death Grips fan and has collaborated with the group. I also don’t believe Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ would have been made without Death Grips’ popularity. And since their debut and with the proliferation of the internet… it seems to me more artists feel more comfortable experimenting and challenging themselves creatively. Death Grips’ subversion of elitism and sonic conservatism in the music industry has opened the floodgates and helped bring about an era of musical and aesthetic innovation.
I have a heavy death metal background… I enjoy progressive music. The music I enjoyed and still enjoy has a logic to it. And the logic was; a musician should simply get better with each release. More ambitious, more concise, more focused… Kendrick Lamar is a perfect example of that. From ‘Section 80’ to ‘good kid’ and then ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’… every project hit the mark perfectly. The goal was to gain mainstream success all while maintaining artistic integrity. To me, this ought to have been the goal of any musician who wanted to make a living off of their art.
With Death Grips; those ideas are entirely subverted. How have they done it? To summarize: first, they got signed to Epic records after Ex-Military… they dropped ‘The Money Store’ to critical acclaim and had an international tour planned. This looked promising. Like the normal progression of a working musician’s career. Anthony Fantano even gave the album a perfect score.
But did they do the normal routine? Release a record, shoot some videos, go on tour, come back home and take a breather? Nope. Instead; Death Grips decided to cancel the tour and release their follow-up project ‘No Love Deep Web’ for free behind their labels back. Epic Records subsequently dropped them. Later on, while touring, they would bail on shows and just leave a note while their music played on the sound system. Buying a ticket to a Death Grips show was kind of a gamble. Soon after that experiment they announced that the group was breaking up… via a napkin… and then got back together and released yet more groundbreaking music and visuals.
We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over.
We have officially stopped.
All currently scheduled live dates are canceled.
Our upcoming double album “the powers that b” will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records.
Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision.
Above and beyond a “band”.
To our truest fans, please stay legend.
For me; Death Grips is the first musical actI had heard that could actually pull of a metal/hardcore punk/hip hop blend without being corny. Their impact on Hip Hop culture cannot be understated. In my view, the release of Ex Military by Death Grips is an origin event in the current metal trend in Hip Hop.
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“Year of the Snitch”
Underneath the flashy Trap sound that has dominated the pop charts for the past few years; there is a beast bellowing, waiting for its time.
An undertow of abrasive and subversive music is aching to hit a wider audience.
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