Death Grips have an affinity for using the f-word “free.” The band recently uploaded electronic stems and acapella tracks from their past two albums, NO LOVE DEEP WEB and Government Plates, for the world to download. The move bolstered a strong response by fans and musicians eager to remix their distinct and aggressive sound.
MUCH LOVE DEEP WEB is a dual-volume, 26-track parody album, which highlights the warm and cuddlesome side of MC Ride’s lyricism that nobody knew existed. The album juxtaposes MC Ride’s most explicit rhymes against familiar, warmhearted tracks by the likes of Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Taylor Swift, and Snow Patrol. The resulting package is like a snuggly Build-a-Bear which utters obscenities every time you hug it.
The album’s formula is simple: each song matches a Death Grips acapella track with the tempo of a diametrically opposite instrumental, like “Same Love” by Macklemore or “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads. The album operates like some hilariously executed thought experiment between two stoned roommates. Two worlds collide on the song “Same Love Deep Web” when MC Ride screams, “you need a lift? You can sit between the backseat and my dick.” Cue the uplifting, tolerance-preaching chorus of “Same Love”.
While these jagged mashups effectively highlight Death Grips’s unrefined vulgarity and belligerent content, the jokes become exponentially stale after a single listen. While the repetitive, unimaginative mixing pattern tends to depreciate the album as a whole, ALL LOVE DEEP WEB is a noteworthy parody any Death Grip fan would find hilarious.
Article by Michael Roe