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Government Plates

Death Grips - Government Plates
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2013 Ratings: #297 / 1115
User Score
2013 Ratings: #311
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Tiny Mix Tapes
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.”

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.

Drowned in Sound

Somehow all these disparate parts click together and make Government Plates the most captivating Death Grips album yet.

Their creativity is flowing at its peak and they are only concerned with music, and you should be as well.
Terrifying and innovative album from the masters of uneasy listening is a tough but engaging listen.
An album so urgent and pressing that it often foregoes language for feeling, explanations for executions.
Slant Magazine

Government Plates is another fascinating, frustrating, full-throttle effort from Death Grips.

The Skinny
It's at times a challenging listen – even by their standards – but one that further empowers their merciless, self-serving legacy.

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.

Spectrum Culture
There’s something elusive that makes it all work, even if that very quality means it feels consistently out of reach.
Pretty Much Amazing
Death Grips thrive on impulsiveness, but it so often seems like outright chaos that it can be hard to tell what they’re really after.
The Line of Best Fit

Death Grips are at their best when they’re just being plain weird. Some of the attempts to fully reproduce various types of dance music fall a little flat – it’s a passable imitation, but the kind of people who like psytrance might not have much time for most of Government Plates.

Rolling Stone

Government Plates is a rap record, albeit one whose abstracted fury and next-level formalism make Kanye's Yeezus sound kind of quaint.

FACT Magazine

Government Plates is sometimes just incoherent. ... But in the end these are minor quibbles.

The result is a sometimes great, sometimes merely serviceable album which can stand among Death Grips’ ample discography, despite occasionally sacrificing melody for amplified pandemonium.
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.”


There are moments of pure genius in the track listing. Unfortunately, as many people point out, this is such an obvious front loaded project. The first 5 tracks (and the closing track) are far more ambitious than anything else on this project. While Big House has a cool beat, Feels Like a Wheel is a fun shitshow of a song, and I'm Overflow brings out the inner Gachi, this album has easily some of the lowest points of any DG album. Bootleg is unlistenable.

HOWEVER... the opening track to this ... read more


Am I missing something? Because to me this was a great album overall, but I get what people are coming from. Before I went into this album I noticed that this was a very divisive album where you either get it or don’t get it, which to me is very amusing because I can think of many albums of theirs where there are a lot of misses like Steroids or NOTM but to me this album doesn’t feel like it deserves the underwhelming reception that it gets. The production is amazing and I love the ... read more


I turn 17 years old today, and I'm reviewing an album that I don't even love. I just found that kind of funny

Government Plates is easily Death Grips' weakest album, not counting Fashion Week since it's just an instrumental album. There are definitely some cool ideas presented here, especially in the first 5 tracks, where the production sounds empty yet eerie. It honestly sounds like something that would inspire the sound for clippings 2 most recent records. However, the album loses itself for ... read more


I hated this one at first, but I kinda see the vision now. There's no denying though, a Death Grips album where Ride doesn't have as much of a presence feels incomplete.
Favorite song: Anne Bonny
Least Favorite: Bootleg


Comparatively to other projects by Death Grips, this is insanely inconsistent. It starts off insanely promising with some absolutely amazing tracks like the opening, Anne Bonny, and This Is Violence Now (Don't Get Me Wrong), but begins to fall off. The tracks lean towards the instrumental side of things, but gradually get less interesting in my opinion. By the time you reach Bootleg I was left missing Ride's manic vocals and amazing lyrics. Luckily the final track is actually pretty amazing, ... read more


Not their best but still solid.

As we all know Death Grips had a great 3 album run with Exmilitary, Money Store and No Love Deep Web and then they dropped Government Plates. Not a bad album by any means but not as good as their three first albums. The production is great as per usual and sounds amazing though some of the tracks are quite repetitive where the tracks on prior projects weren't as repetitive. This also started to set in the instrumental features for the next album which wasn't as ... read more

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Added on: November 13, 2013