| April 24, 2012|
Industrial hip hop
| Death Grips|
24 April 2012
| No Love Deep Web
Exmilitary, No Love Deep Web, The Powers That B, Bottomless Pit, Government Plates
The Money Store is the debut studio album by the group Death Grips. It was officially released on April 24, 2012, but was leaked to YouTube on April 14 and made available on vinyl on April 21 to celebrate Record Store Day. It was announced along with a second album, which would be titled No Love Deep Web. It is the follow-up to their debut mixtape Exmilitary.
The album was first hinted at with the release of a music video for a track titled "Blackjack" on February 7, 2012. The album was later announced along with the release of another track on February 27, 2012, titled "Get Got". It was then announced that the group had signed to Epic Records and were scheduled to release two albums in 2012. On February 28, 2012, the group leaked both songs for free download. On March 2, 2012, a video surfaced on their official YouTube channel of the band practicing a new track to be released on The Money Store, titled "Lost Boys." The studio version was then posted to their official YouTube channel on March 13. It was later released for free download on their website. On March 27, they released the music video for the song "The Fever (Aye Aye)," followed by a free download. On April 10, the song "I've Seen Footage" was released for free download on their official SoundCloud page. Pitchfork Media awarded the track their "Best New Music" designation. On April 14, the album was leaked, and the band uploaded a complete version to their YouTube channel and their SoundCloud account. The following day, Pitchfork Media posted "Hacker," the album's closer, and named it "Best New Music." On September 10, 2012, a song titled "@DeathGripz," named after their Twitter handle, was released as the final installment of the Adult Swim Singles Program 2012. The group had stated earlier that it was an unreleased cut from The Money Store.
In interviews, Death Grips have said that much of their music is created by sampling. They have said that they carry video cameras and tape recorders wherever they go and use samples from their experiences.
The Money Store received widespread critical acclaim. On Metacritic, the album currently holds a score of 81 out of 100 based on 27 reviews by professional critics, which indicates "universal acclaim." Jayson Greene of Pitchfork Media assigned the album a "Best New Music" label and wrote that "The Money Store is about as intellectual an experience as a scraped knee. But it's just as good at reminding you that you're alive." The album also notably placed ninth in Pitchfork Media's Best 50 Albums of 2012.
The Money Store also received less positive reviews. One such review was from Louis Pattison of NME, who described the album as "alienating."
The album cover depicts a voluptuous masochist with "Death Grips" carved into her chest on the leash of a smoking female sadist. The image is painted by Sua Yoo, an artist with whom Death Grips had worked in the past and later appeared on the album art for their instrumental album, Fashion Week. It originally appeared in a zine, but the band name carved into the submissive's chest was added afterwards.
All tracks written by Death Grips.
1Get Got2:52The Money Store (album) Wikipedia
2The Fever (Aye Aye)3:07