Where to start… I can’t quite remember when it was that I first heard about Death Grips, but I’m pretty sure it was at some point in 2011 and through Twitter. The wonderfully abrasive music video for Guillotine - cut a pigs ear off delightful.
The dirty sound, image and vibe of Death Grips is just awesome. Grating, confrontational and honest. A refreshing break from the glossy, money hungry hip-hop that predominantly pollutes the airwaves. Something about the band grabbed me immediately and hung on for dear life.
At this stage I had very little knowledge of the group and what they were about, all I knew was that their tunes were appealing to my more aggressive music tastes, normally reserved for guitar driven shouty stuff. It was only when I began researching, that I found out Zach Hill (Hella) was their live drummer and an integral part of the band. Along with vocalist Stefan Burnett and producer Andy “Flatlander” Morin (the latter does not perform with them live), these guys were creating some of the finest, most venomous “rap” music I’d ever heard.
Now I highly recommend researching this band yourself, there is just so much about them that captivates and I’m not going to write it all here. But for example; their dealings with major label Epic (who signed them at the start of 2012), are worth a look alone.
I think it’s these debacles and challenges and the way that group have dealt with them that endears me to them further. There is an inspirational air of integrity surrounding Death Grips, one that gradually pulls you deeper and deeper into their world. From the recent album cover (Hill’s penis, complete with the album title - “No Love Deep Web" scrawled across it), to their intense live shows and just the way in which they conduct themselves. This is a band that truly inspires me and long may they continue.