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84
Pitchfork

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.

80
DIY

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.

60
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.

50
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.”

BradTasteMusic
72

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

sillypengie
88

hey all, silly here! it's time for a review of Death Grips - Government Plates. Many people consider this to be the band's worst album to date, but im still gonna review it either way, because i personally love this album! LET'S GO! :)

Death Grips' fourth project "Government Plates" is, again, another very aggressive album from the trio. This is the album that followed up their 2012 record 'NO LOVE, DEEP WEB' (you know... the one with the penis on the album cover) uhhh... anyways... ... read more

TehSniper_143
70

"Government Plates" is probably one of the more divisive DG albums in their discog, and honestly, I can completely see why. This is the dictionary definition of a frontloaded project, with the first 5 tracks being some of the bands most abrasive and cutthroat material ("You Might Think..." and "Birds" being some of their best material). However, right after "Birds", we are hit immediately with a 5-track streak of some of their weakest material in their ... read more

TehSniper_143
70

"Government Plates" is probably one of the more divisive DG albums in their discog, and honestly, I can completely see why. This is the dictionary definition of a frontloaded project, with the first 5 tracks being some of the bands most abrasive and cutthroat material ("You Might Think..." and "Birds" being some of their best material). However, right after "Birds", we are hit immediately with a 5-track streak of some of their weakest material in their ... read more

80

This album is nuts. Even by Death Grips standards it's weird as hell. It really shifts away from the slightly more recognisable hip-hop to total abstract chaos. The structures of the songs are loose, each track wildly shifts from vicious sound to vicious sound with no warning. MC Ride's verses are scant, abstract and barely comprehensible. But despite all of these things being thrown at the listener, if you can withstand the storm, it's still hard as fuck and somehow it's still catchy as hell. ... read more

TurbulenceSSB
77

Government Plates is probably their most unhinged record in their discography up to this point. They truly went all out here on production, emphasizing the production, distorting it more, and making it as unhinged as possible. At times, it works pretty damn well, specifically the first three tracks on the album doing it the best out of any other song on the album in my opinion. After that three track run, Government Plates starts to get a little freaky, with many tracks not having that much MC ... read more

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Added on: November 13, 2013