This has got to be one of the most unique and original creations I’ve seen in a while! Die Antwoord hails from Cape Town, South Africa and is made up of Ninja, Yo-Landi & DJ Hi-Tek. Watch the video first before you read on. Watch it a few times. It grows on you!
So the bad news is that they’re fake. Others have chronicled this, you can read more about it here. But this ain’t no Milli Vanilli fake, hell no! The music is pretty good, as are the lyrics (the parts that I understand – after all, it is in Afrikaans – a mix of English, Dutch & African dialects), as is the intriguing story. It’s a welcomed diversion. Which begs the question – if something sounds good, looks good and feels good, is it not worthy entertainment even if you know it’s not real? People watch wrestling, don’t they? And your favorite gangsta rapper ain’t no gangsta in reality.
I had fun finding the trail, and I still play Ninja & Yo-Landi when I want to relax a bit. They released over 17 songs, have filmed various live performances and have woven a rich story which I enjoyed, and still do. I hope Die Antwoord keeps going, keeps growing. Who knows, maybe they can turn a lie into reality. The sound, the dedication and the energy is there, as is the artistic flair. The whole production is top-notch. They make “next level beats” and they are totally “zef” – fokkit!
Some Die Antwoord resources:
Their Official Website is dieantwoord.com – you can listen to all of their songs there (Rich Bitch is phat!)
They have a Facebook Fan Page – become a fan and stay up to date with them!
Videogum has a lot of good posts on them.
Basically, the head honcho is the South African equivalent of Ali G, to put it into perspective for our American and European readers. The whole troupe was part of a show called Max Normal. Find out some more on your own and post your findings in the comments!
Max Normal has ventured into rap before with the release of the Good Morning South Africa album. And there is also the Jack Parow connection (more on that in another installment). Give these guys what they want, your support!