AOTY 2018
Death Grips - The Money Store
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #16 / 944
Year End Rank: #16
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Based on 999 ratings
2012 Ratings: #2
April 21, 2012 / Release Date
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Epic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

It is a Death Grips record, simple as; a completely successful experiment in isolating artistry from external pressures to produce an artefact that will inform pioneers-to-come.

100
No Ripcord

The Money Store might be the very definition of acquired taste, and will most likely alienate the vast majority who attempt to give it a spin, but it's undeniably an extraordinary record.

100
The Skinny

A blistering, feral and intense second album from a band who show no signs of selling out.

100
The Line of Best Fit

The Money Store is a tense and violently energising record which is relentlessly unforgiving – if anyone doesn’t get it then they’re left in the musical dark ages, such is its game-changing majesty.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

These tracks work best when they invade your headspace, not your airspace. You want to get close to these tracks to admire the handiwork of producer Flatlander, who shines on The Money Store even more than he did on Death Grips excellent 2011 mixtape Exmilitary. It’s exquisite stuff, delivered with a sledgehammer.

90
Beats Per Minute

Despite the unwelcoming persona, repeated listens will uncover an embarrassment of spine-tingling details and hidden corners that any headphone enthusiast will revel in.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Death Grips have managed to situate themselves in a unique and peculiar territory in which they are both peerless and able to appeal to fans of almost everything.

90
The 405

The Money Store thrusts countless adjectives towards the listener. It's eccentric, confrontational, disorientating. Crucially, however, it's fresh.

90
Clash

‘The Money Store’ is a modern, breathing nightmare. It’s hyper real hip-hop made just in time for the end of the world.

87
Pitchfork

Sometimes this hands-off approach backfires, but Death Grips have actual designs to be left to, and The Money Store is a million-mph blur of ideas.

83
A.V. Club

The Money Store is simultaneously fun and torturous, just melodic enough to keep listeners on board even as its extremes border on cruel. 

81
Coke Machine Glow

The Money Store isn’t the kind of thing that rewards repeated listening, it rewards those listens the same way any disposable, temporary rush rewards the brain. It is nothing more—or less—than just a great, fun record.

80
Spin

The Money Store, fits into modern hip-hop like a square peg on fire, a 40-minute straitjacket tantrum of vein-popping, slow-flow barks closer to Helmet's Page Hamilton than Harlem's Charles Hamilton.

80
AllMusic

The Money Store is an important record that's also compelling, loaded with kinetic blows against the empire and fully stuffed with that attractive maverick spirit.

75
Prefix

On Exmilitary, Death Grips played liked sonic terrorism, a group bending hip-hop to be as brusque and frightening as noise rock. On The Money Store, they play like an electronic group that happens to have a deranged rapper as its front man. The difference is subtle, but important.

70
musicOMH

Certainly it’s far from an easy listen, and only those familiar with their earlier catalogue will be able to pick it up right away.

70
Consequence of Sound

The trio’s very existence depends on toeing a line between maintaining rap’s brooding thuggish-ness without overpowering it with their dubstep-inspired aesthetic.

60
NME

It’s hard to glean any sense of intention, let alone manifesto, from the lyrics, and the manner in which it’s presented is, in the end, alienating.

40
Sputnikmusic

Essentially, The Money Store is pseudo-intellectual music for non-hip hop fans. It attempts to present a curious combination of genre-bending ideas, yet falls into a very simple category of poorly executed shock rap.

40
The Guardian

Burnett's one-note anger may be fine for those who fetishise the punk-rock mode of expression, but the near-total lack of range in his vocal approach is a poor match for the careening thrill of the music, and wearyingly basic.

BradTasteMusic
100
This album made my balls grow 3 sizes instantly
chairycherry
NR
+ My favorite album of all time.
+ High significance to me. / Changed my life.
+ Every single track is great. / Not a single bad track. / Can't choose a definitive favorite, nor a definitive least favorite track.
+ Never goes stale, no matter how many times I've listened to it.
+ One of a kind.

OLD REVIEW: (Here it is, probably my favorite album ever made. Now it's time for my stupid-ass story for why I love this so much. So way back in late 2015, I discovered the band, and there I ... read more
ThrowBackG
94
This took awhile to get into and while I'm not really gripped by Death Grips (dab) as a band, this one deserves every bit of praise it gets....except Blackjack.

That bass on Hustle Bones tho
I GOT DA FEEEEEVAA
(Gavin being a normie alert)
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Track List

  1. Get Got 
  2. The Fever (Aye Aye) 
  3. Lost Boys 
  4. Blackjack 
  5. Hustle Bones 
  6. I've Seen Footage 
  7. Double Helix 
  8. System Blower 
  9. The Cage 
  10. Punk Weight 
  11. Fuck That 
  12. Bitch Please 
  13. Hacker
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Added on: March 19, 2012