AOTY 2018

Year of the Snitch

Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #266 / 706
User Score
Based on 671 ratings
2018 Ratings: #25
June 22, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Third Worlds, Harvest / Label
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To the casual ear, ‘Snitch’ may not seem inherently different to Death Grips’ previous work, but those who have draped themselves in the absurdist qualities of their music will see straight away how this project is crazy, even by their standards
The Line of Best Fit
With their sixth album in four years, there's absolutely no utterance of anything going stale.

Death Grips are in a place far removed from any other major rap acts, and Year Of The Snitch feels totally alien. It is an exhilarating release that doesn’t let up, and proves that six years on the group are still a force to be reckoned with.


Year of the Snitch, though markedly easier on the ears than their other albums, is a complex, layered listen, aided in no small part by its remarkable commitment to a concept none of us may ever truly come to grasp.

Northern Transmissions

Death Grips open up their sound a lot and let singular hooks drive more than ever. While it’s a step in an interesting direction, the group’s insistence to hold onto their chaotic noise may still feel like a lot for most listeners.

The 405

Featuring a truly bizarre list of collaborators, Year of the Snitch proves their inimitable sound still has legs, even if listeners will have to work harder than ever to reap the rewards.


The prolific noise rap project drills down on their sonic signature and remains politically agnostic and persistently agitated.


Not one of their releases is the same as another, and with Year of the Snitch, they continue to break boundaries and expectations. The record is another example of true experimentation with their sound along with an uncompromising work ethic and a thirst for originality.


Overall, Year of the Snitch feels like a personal experiment for Death Grips, but tilting towards a more mainstream sound. Not to say that the band has compromised its experimental attitude, but there is a definite leaning towards a more straightforward form, which in this case arrives with the heavier implementation of rock music motifs.

Rolling Stone
The boundary-smashing trio's latest is one of their least aggressive offerings but it's still admirably disruptive
I can still recall the day in which I discovered Death Grips, I was a junior in high school and was deep into my metalcore and pop punk phase. I had stumbled across a video on youtube of a melon shaped man discussing music, I was immediately drawn to his ability to express his opinions in such a carefree and natural manner. I found myself watching his videos often, and at that time he had only ever given one 10/10 review - which was for Death Grips's 2012 LP The Money Store. Out of curiosity I ... read more
This might be the most unnerving and creepy Death Grips album to date. It has an incredible flow and a bizarre and dark atmosphere. Not quite AS shocking or mind-blowing as something like The Money Store, but this is still an exciting, varied, and highly enjoyable release from one of the decade's best and most important bands.

Favorite Tracks: Black Paint, Streaky, Death Grips Is Online, Disappointed, The Fear, Hahaha, Shitshow, Little Richard

Least Favorite Track: N/A
Incredible, they refresh their new sound and isn't like anything of their discography to be compared off. So much stuff to dive through.
(edit: This is legit one of the best album's for Halloween time, it's all in the atmosphere and lyrics.)
Death Grips have not lost it yet. This is Death Grips most diverse album yet in my opinion, with a smorgasbord of different sounds. Many tracks on here take inspiration from different genres of music, with a Death Grips spin on them; such as rave music, arena-rock, punk-rock, jazz-rock, more traditional hip-hop, and probably more I couldn't pin-point myself. With all these sounds, Death ... read more
Let us remember Death the Snitch, the child yet to be born

Favorite tracks so far: Death Grips is Online, Black Paint, Linda's in Custody, Hahaha, Shitshow, Streaky, Dilemma, Little Richard, and Disappointed; but all of the other songs are really good too, nothing I particularly hate here
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Track List

  1. Death Grips Is Online
  2. Flies
  3. Black Paint
  4. Linda's in Custody
  5. The Horn Section
  6. Hahaha
  7. Shitshow
  8. Streaky
  9. Dilemma
  10. Little Richard
  11. The Fear
  12. Outro
  13. Disappointed
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Added on: March 22, 2018