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Government Plates

Death Grips - Government Plates
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Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #200 / 953
User Score
Based on 417 ratings
2013 Ratings: #188
November 13, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Third Worlds / Label
Death Grips / Producer
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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.  It’s music that doesn’t care about how you feel, just how you react to it.


Showing a complete disrespect for song structure and melody, the record ditches the immediate hooks and conventional beats of 'The Money Store', without abandoning any of its toothless anger.

The Needle Drop

While Death Grips' Government Plates might be one of the most aggressive releases to come from the experimental hip hop trio, it's also one of their most forgettable, repetitious, short-winded, and half-baked.

Consequence of Sound

Other than album single “Birds”, this entire record feels like that show: a retreading of already covered material, where at points it doesn’t seem like they’re really “there.”

I would love some more MC Ride but you're a sheer fool to think this doesn't have some of Death Grip's best tracks to date.
Death Grips - Government Plates
By far Death Grips most abstract release, Government Plates is an album that fucks all of the boundaries and leaves Ride and Hill to their own accord, creating some incredibly abrasive, aggressive music, which is sometimes even beautiful. The trademark delivery and abstract, intense lyricism is still here, and even more powerful than ever, taking mundane things and brutalising then, such as the song birds. The somewhat looser, less-bound-down-by-rules approach ... read more
Man, this album is bad. What are y'all on about? Ride takes a backseat in performance for some reason, yet the production can't seem to make for that at any point during the album. Ever notice that the best tracks are the ones where Ride is actually rapping (with the exception of I'm Overflow cuz that shit's hard)? You know, only half of the material on here for some reason. I can appreciate that Death Grips wanted to try something new, but I just hope they never try an album like this again. ... read more
Very introspective work here. However, Givernment Plates feels limited and bare. It’s not enough to say it’s minimal because there’s just a little too much there to say that. Listening to this album sort of drains the life out of me and leaves me empty, thinking I’ve experienced nothing worthwhile. Everything on this thing is a copy, paste, and edit process. It’s almosg as if MC Ride wasn’t involved with this album. It’s a naked experience, while ... read more
This is an interesting release from Death Grips, I do enjoy it a lot, but it's not my favorite from them. The structure of this whole album is as abstract as they have been yet, with a plethora of different song structures, all of them being new territory for Death Grips so far. Although they are new song structures, they all are really similar, usually a track will have the vocals secondary to the instrumentation and production, as if they are taking influence from dubstep at points. The ... read more
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Track List

  1. You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat
  2. Anne Bonny
  3. Two Heavens
  4. This is Violence Now (Dont get me wrong)
  5. Birds
  6. Feels like a wheel
  7. Im Overflow
  8. Big House
  9. Government Plates
  10. Bootleg (Dont need your help)
  11. Whatever I want (Fuck who's watching)
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Added on: November 13, 2013