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Mixtape by Death Grips
Released April 25, 2011
Genre Experimental hip hop, hardcore hip hop, industrial hip hop
Length 48:28
Label Self-released
Producer Death Grips
Death Grips chronology
Death Grips
The Money Store
Black Google
Cover of Black Google
Singles from Exmilitary
  1. "Guillotine"
    Released: August 3, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (81%)[2]
Pitchfork (7.5/10)[3]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[5]
The Quietus (8/10)[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[8]
No Ripcord 7/10 stars[9]

Exmilitary is the debut mixtape by experimental hip hop group Death Grips. It was released for free on April 25, 2011 through the band's website.


The mixtape was released for free on April 25, 2011 through the group's official website, thirdworlds.net. It was simultaneously released through iTunes. The track "Guillotine" was released through iTunes on August 3, 2011. "Guillotine" has become the band's most recognized song, with over two million YouTube views on their music video as of October 2, 2012. Other tracks released as music videos include "Known For It", "Culture Shock", "Lord of the Game", "Spread Eagle Cross the Block", "Takyon (Death Yon)", and "Beware".

The cover of the album is somewhat of a mystery, even to members of the band. According to Flatlander, "That’s a photograph that one of our members carried in their wallet for roughly 10 years straight. It’s a power object."[10]

The album was later released exclusively through the band's website in vinyl and cassette format.[11] It was also removed from iTunes.

Critical reception[edit]

The album has received universal acclaim from critics and currently holds an approval rating of 82 on Metacritic. In another very positive review, John Calvert of Drowned in Sound focused on the mentality of the character that the album revolves around and how it reflects the inner nature of man, citing the lyricism and sound production as being focal points around this sound and style.[12] Nate Patrin of Pitchfork Media gave Exmilitary a 7.5, describing the album as a "a bludgeoning slab of hostility" that avoids being an "overbearing mess".

Black Google[edit]

On September 8, 2011, the group released a teaser video for an upcoming project titled Black Google.[13] It was later released on the band's website for free and revealed to be all of the instrumentals, stems, and acapellas for fans to remix and record with. The cover of Black Google features a heavily darkened version of the cover of Exmilitary with the word "Exmilitary" replaced with "Black Google".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were composed and written by Death Grips.[15]

No. Title Length
1. "Beware"   5:53
2. "Guillotine"   3:43
3. "Spread Eagle Cross the Block"   3:52
4. "Lord of the Game"   3:30
5. "Takyon (Death Yon)"   2:48
6. "Cut Throat"   1:12
7. "Klink"   3:22
8. "Culture Shock"   4:21
9. "5D"   0:43
10. "Thru the Walls"   3:56
11. "Known for It"   4:13
12. "I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)"   6:11
13. "Blood Creepin"   4:50
Total length: