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.
 The project came to an end after his brother married and was unable to continue with the group.
 During this time, MC Ride worked at a pizza restaurant in Sacramento, California, and pursued a career as a painter.
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.
 After releasing their self-titled debut EP,
 Death Grips released the mixtape
Exmilitary, which received critical acclaim and attention from music publications.
 The group signed to
Epic Records in 2012 and released their debut album,
The Money Store the same year.
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).
 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.
 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.
 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.