May 2011: Death Grips appears out of nowhere, releases Ex Military, a free mixtape
of noisy, distorted aggro-rap (full album stream on YouTube
April 2012: Death Grips signs with Epic, releases The Money Store
, their first proper album of art-rap/ tech-beat/ psycho-rap/ whatever
(YT album stream
October 2012: Death Grips leak their second album, No Love Deep Web, defying Epic
, and sever ties to the label.
July 2013: Death Grips signs to Capitol/Harvest under their own Thirdworlds imprint
November 2013: Death Grips suddenly drops their 3rd album, Government Plates, for free
to download and stream from various sources.
(It's best to consider all audio NSFW
) [more inside]
Earlier this week, Big Sean released Control
(7:32), a song that features a second verse from Kendrick Lamar
and a third verse from Jay Electronica. Kendrick's two and a half minute verse
was pretty standard fare in hip hop - bragging, saying he's the best, displaying talent on the mic. But in just 3 days, the rap world's response to Kendrick's verse has been almost unprecedented. [more inside]