The Money Store (album)

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The Money Store
Death Grips - The Money Store.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 24, 2012
ProducerDeath Grips
Death Grips chronology
Live from Death Valley
The Money Store
No Love Deep Web
Singles from The Money Store
  1. "I've Seen Footage"
    Released: 24 April 2012[3]

The Money Store is the debut studio album by American experimental hip hop trio Death Grips. It is the follow-up to their debut mixtape Exmilitary. The album was officially released on April 24, 2012, but had been leaked to YouTube on April 14[4] and made available on vinyl on April 21 to celebrate Record Store Day.[5] The Money Store was announced alongside the group's second album, No Love Deep Web, which was released later in the year.[5][6]


The album was first hinted at with the release of a music video for a track titled "Blackjack" on February 7, 2012.[7] The album was later announced along with the release of another track titled "Get Got" on February 27.[8] It was then announced that Death Grips had signed to Epic Records and were scheduled to release two albums in 2012.[5] On February 28, the group leaked both songs online for free.[9] On March 2, a video surfaced on their official YouTube channel of the band practising a new track titled "Lost Boys", to be released on The Money Store.[10] The studio version was then posted to their YouTube channel on March 13,[11] and 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. The album was leaked on April 14, and the band uploaded a complete version to their YouTube channel and SoundCloud account.[4] The following day, Pitchfork Media posted "Hacker", the album's closing track, and named it "Best New Music". On September 10, a song titled "@DeathGripz", named after their Twitter username, 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.[12]

In interviews, Death Grips 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.[citation needed]


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.[13][14]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubB+[17]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[18]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[19]
Mojo4/5 stars[20]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A−[21]
Q4/5 stars[24]

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."[16] Jayson Greene of Pitchfork 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."[23] The album also notably placed ninth in Pitchfork's Best 50 Albums of 2012.[26]

The album placed 15th in The Wire's annual critics' poll.[27]

It was ranked the 117th best album of the 2010s by Pitchfork.[28] Additionally, in Genius' 100 Best Albums of the 2010s, The Money Store was placed 27th, where the album was described as "impossible to match the impact and dynamic, innovative sounds that The Money Store carried."[29]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Death Grips.

1."Get Got"2:52
2."The Fever (Aye Aye)"3:07
3."Lost Boys"3:06
5."Hustle Bones"3:03
6."I've Seen Footage"3:23
7."Double Helix"2:37
8."System Blower"3:44
9."The Cage"3:31
10."Punk Weight"3:25
11."Fuck That"2:25
12."Bitch Please"2:57
Total length:41:23


Death Grips
  • MC Ride – vocals
  • Zach Hill – drums, percussion, production
  • Andy Morin – keyboards, programming, production


Chart (2012) Peak
US Alternative Albums[30] 24
US Billboard 200[31] 130
US Heatseeker Albums[32] 3
US Rap Albums[33] 14
US Top Rock Albums[34] 39


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  18. ^ Carroll, Jim (May 4, 2012). "Death Grips". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  19. ^ Martens, Todd (April 24, 2012). "Album review: Death Grips' 'The Money Store'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
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  24. ^ "Death Grips: The Money Store". Q (311): 100. June 2012.
  25. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (April 24, 2012). "Death Grips, 'The Money Store' (Epic)". Spin. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  26. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2012". Pitchfork. December 20, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  27. ^ "2012 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50". The Wire. No. 347. London. January 2013. p. 34 – via Exact Editions. (subscription required)
  28. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s". Pitchfork. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  29. ^ "The Genius Community's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s". Genius. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  30. ^ "Death Grips - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  31. ^ "Death Grips - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  32. ^ "Death Grips - Heatseeker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  33. ^ "Death Grips - Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  34. ^ "Death Grips - Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2013.

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