MC Ride

MC Ride
MC Ride of Death Grips in 2012.jpg
MC Ride performing with Death Grips at Festsaal Kreuzberg in 2012.
Background information
Birth name Stefan Corbin Burnett
Also known as Mxlplx
Origin Sacramento, California, U.S.
Years active 2003–present [1]
Associated acts

Stefan Corbin Burnett, [2] better known by his stage name MC Ride, is an American rapper and visual artist. He is best known as the frontman of Sacramento-based experimental hip hop group Death Grips. Burnett is credited for his dismal, cryptic and vulgar lyrics and aggressive rapping style.


Burnett had studied visual art at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia before his music career. After dropping out, he performed under the alias MxlPlx and formed a hip hop group called Fyre with his brother Swank Daddy and another Sacramento-based rapper, Young G. [3] The project came to an end after his brother married and was unable to continue with the group. [4] During this time, MC Ride worked at a pizza restaurant in Sacramento, California, and pursued a career as a painter. [4]

In 2010, Burnett formed Death Grips with his neighbor Zach Hill, who was known for his drumming work for Hella and session work. Hill introduced his friend, producer Andy Morin and the group began working together. [5] [6] After releasing their self-titled debut EP, [7] Death Grips released the mixtape Exmilitary, which received critical acclaim and attention from music publications. [6] [8] The group signed to Epic Records in 2012 and released their debut album, The Money Store the same year. [4]

In 2012, the group leaked its second album, No Love Deep Web, due to Epic Records' hesitance to release it until 2013 (which caused them to be dropped from Epic Records soon after). [9] [10] [11] The group subsequently released a third album, titled Government Plates in 2013. The first disc of their fourth album, The Powers That B, was released in 2014. [12] On July 2, 2014, Death Grips announced its disbandment, yet they still released an instrumental soundtrack on January 4, 2015 and the second disc of The Powers That B on March 19, 2015. [13] They released their fifth studio album Bottomless Pit in May 2016, their first full-length release with entirely brand new recorded material (as a full band) since their alleged disbandment. [14]

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