"What made Death Grips’ story compelling was that it was without moral or direction. Never fully independent, the band could only define themselves in opposition to the parental presence of their label. Never fully obedient, they learned to make a spectacle of their own bad choices. As heroes go, they were bratty and misguided. I’m tempted here to write that maybe being bratty and misguided was the point, but in my most respectful and adulatory moments I would say that I’m not sure Death Grips had one."
— Mike Powell says goodbye to Death Grips.
"Niggas on the Moon finds Death Grips drawing from themselves rather than pushing things forward, a deviation from their mission statement. Anyone familiar with the band’s mix of aggressive electronics, barked non-sequiturs, and collapsing song structures will find plenty to like here, but after three years of aiming to confuse and shock, Death Grips are approaching reliability, and the presence of truly thrilling moments has decreased accordingly."
— Larry Fitzmaurice reviews Death Grips’ Niggas on the Moon.
"Paying money to see a band in a club and having them cancel through something that seems like a clear fuck-you is doubtlessly infuriating. And that— as John Cage or Marina Abramović or Justice Yeldham or anyone whose idea of performance upsets our idea of what we’re paying to see has affirmed— is OK. If Friday’s cancelled Death Grips show had been scheduled for the Museum of Modern Art, it would’ve been subtitled ‘The Artist Isn’t Present’, and it would have been documented in art journals. Performance art is not about getting anything; it’s about being gotten."
— Grayson Currin on Death Grips’ controversial recent no-shows for The Pitch.
"Say you were being bullied in school: If you have our music in your headphones, no one is really bullying you anymore. It’s like taking a pill that makes you super-human. The music has emotional suffering on the darker and deeper side of what the human experience is like, but it’s also a beast— you could take a bite out of a bowl while listening to it."
— Death Grips talk to Jenn Pelly in our latest feature interview.