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‘Death Grips is online’ is trending, so what does it mean?
You, too, can get retweeted by Death Grips.
Announcement: Death Grips is online.
The experimental hip-hop group out of Sacramento, California is trending and if you know the secret Twitter password you can easily get a retweet from them.
It’s pretty simple:
Death Grips is online pic.twitter.com/scYJo5Wfg3
— TomBBaa (@danielxx135) December 8, 2018
Death Grips is online pic.twitter.com/Nuhp2A2A3N
— Mephisto (@MEPHlST0) December 8, 2018
death grips is online pic.twitter.com/VuRAUiHcw1
— jack (@hellware_) December 8, 2018
Death Grips is online pic.twitter.com/NiXD6DCgW2
— will humm (@chelmsfordfan26) December 8, 2018
Death Grips is Online pic.twitter.com/PlboNrJFaj
— *insURRt name* (@Iwannahavfunwu) December 8, 2018
death grips is online pic.twitter.com/BTFjGGAcBN
— drip jon (@choloflame) December 8, 2018
Death Grips is online pic.twitter.com/ZRg9ZyURd2
— ｓｅａｎ (@s_teazyyy) December 8, 2018
Death Grips is online pic.twitter.com/oOrd3hn1ZD
— jonredwood (@JonRedwood) December 8, 2018
Simply tweeting “Death Grips is online,” along with a photo will get your meme into prime time: in front of Death Grips and its 59.4K followers.
Why is it happening? We’re unsure. But Reddit users seem to have a pretty good idea of when exactly the trend got started.
September 4, 2017, at 11:11 PM: Twitter user @awarczakowski tweeted the phrase and the group retweeted it.
Death Grips is online
— Austin Warczakowski (@awarczakowski) September 5, 2017
The next day Death Grips tweeted the same phrase.
Death Grips is Online
— Ꭰeath Ꮹrips (@bbpoltergiest) September 5, 2017
And everyone followed suit.
In 2018 the band wrote a song called “Death Grips is online,” the first track on their album “Year of the Snitch.”
The meme has seemed to have evolved even more over the past year since it surfaced.
As of Saturday, Twitter users have been tweaking the formula to include the past tense.
death grips was online
— ernesto (@ernestoadame_) December 8, 2018
death grips was online omg pic.twitter.com/mTbgHRT7oS
— 𝔫𝔞𝔞 (@naagelatin) December 8, 2018
remember when death grips was online for the first time? everybody was freaking out over getting retweeted. great times man
— third wørlds / ||-// (@thelouiefuture) November 5, 2018
Death Grips was online
— Neppy (@NeppyTheTiger) September 5, 2018
Others hope they will hop offline.
Can death grips stay offline
— post wii sports pop (@maneatingbee) December 8, 2018
death grips get offline
— beth (@epicproblm) December 8, 2018
Memes seem to follow Death Grips; their 2012 album No Love Deep Web spawned some pretty NSFW ones.
The album cover featured a photo of producer and drummer Zach Hill’s penis with the name of the album written on it. Parodies popped up everywhere using phallic-shaped objects saying, “No Love Deep Web.”
MC Ride, the frontman and visual artist of the group, also coined the hashtag “noided.” It’s short for “paranoided,” a made-up word found in the group’s songs “Hacker” and “I’ve Seen Footage.”
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.