July 02, 2014 11:36pm PT by Devon Maloney, Billboard
Death Grips Announce Breakup
During the four years of their existence, Death Grips have been nothing if not totally unpredictable. One month after dropping a surprise album, Niggas on the Moon, the duo reminded their fans of that fact by posting a photo on their Facebook page earlier today announcing that the band has broken up.
"We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over," reads a handwritten note on a napkin in the photo. "We have officially stopped. All currently scheduled live dates are canceled. Our upcoming double album The Powers That B will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third World Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. Above and beyond a 'band.' To our truest fans, please stay legend."
Death Grips have been making waves in the independent and underground circuits since 2010, featuring their unique brand of hardcore noise-rap in such albums as The Money Store and No Love Deep Web and titillating fans and the industry alike by releasing obscene album art and publishing the internal emails sent to them from their label, Epic.
They also have put a halt to their activities before. In May 2012, the band canceled all future tour dates, without informing the venues in question, in order to complete their second studio record, No Love Deep Web. They ended up leaking it online as a free download later that fall without Epic's consent, claiming the label was stalling its release, and ultimately were dropped in November 2012. Since then, they've released Government Plates, another free online album dropped in 2013, and Niggas on the Moon, the first half of The Powers That B, the double album they mention in the note. The full record will see a release later this year via Harvest Records.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.