“Hacker” by Death Grips from their 2012 album “The Money Store” is weird. It was described by the artists as “the moment when all s*** breaks loose and all that’s left to do is riot.” It was rated by the widely-known music reviewer Anthony Fantano as the best song of the 2010s decade. The song is in 124 bpm (allegro) written in a 4/4 time signature. The tempo is very high and the instrumentation is very all over the place that it feels like the music is attacking your eardrums from all ends, from beginning to end.
Their music has no structure, beginning, middle, and end. It’s a bunch of random noises at a fast bpm in fortissimo, the voice is the focal point of the instrumentation making odd random noises or rapping vulgar lyrics. It’s hardcore punk-rock music, which I’m not usually so opposed to but Death Grips is different. It’s headbanging, mosh-pit music that you’re supposed to rage to and I’m sure it sounds better while your adrenaline is rushing, but from a music standpoint, it’s so difficult to listen to. There is a fine line between experimental music such as Earl Sweatshirt and simply “bad” music, and Death grips are teetering on that line.
Furthermore, I think this music is so hard to listen to me because it is so high energy but it has no goal. It is aimless like an amorphous blob. I think that takes away from the feel of it. I don’t know what they’re trying to do or what they’re trying to say so I’m just listening to a bunch of random sounds for no reason. To me, listening to Death Grips is no different than listening to a loose monkey in a band studio: just a bunch of noise. I don’t know why people like this or who like this music but they must be higher energy, probably kids in their teens and twenties, that are very high-maintenance and energetic to mirror their music.
Article by Huey