Imagine you fell into some sort of South African rabbit hole, and found yourself at a rave or whatevs that was lead by a trailer-trash-inspired, slow-crotch-shaking, totally incomprehensible rapper, and his hillbilly-hairdo-having bleached blonde sidekick?
Obviously, this is some “next-level” shit.
Welcome to the world of Die Antwoord. A rap-rave group rising from the supposed slums of South Africa, this crew of wild-and-crazy (and possibly mushroom tripping) dreamers is comprised of MC Ninja, fem-cee Yo-landi Vi$$er, and the DJ Hi-Tek. They “represent South African culture”, their “zef is so fresh”, and DJ Hi-Tek PROBABLY has Progeria syndrome. This is either one of the most inspired musical groups 2010 will ever see, or a joke so bad it’s worse than all the #Natalieschin jokes on Twitter. For the purposes of making this a really awesome article, we are going to go with the option of Die Antwoord being one of the most inspired musical groups of 2010, k?
In the last couple of months, Die Antwoord has been taking the interwebs by storm with their sound, which is quite unlike anything out there at the moment. Riding on the rave resurgence, the group’s beats are rooted in traditional electronic sounds, and include elements of drum-and-bass, and first-generation hip hop. They also utilize samples even your mom would be proud of, like this popular Dance Dance Revolution tune about Butterflies and Samurais. Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er both rap at practically unchartable speeds in both English and Afrikaans about how great their skills are, and how the haters who never thought they’d amount to anything can go eff-off. It’s like their music is the insane South African version of Biggie’s “Juicy”, and quite frankly, it’s brilliant! Their wardrobe is even better. Die Antwoord appears to be inspired by white-trash classics like tube socks, Pink Floyd boxers, and cut off shirts and shorts (for both the guys and the ladies). However, they do have a more sophisticated side, as evidenced by Yo-landi Vi$$er’s smashing gold spandex leggings, and some Keith Haring look-alike pants and jumpsuit combos the crew rocks in their “Enter the Ninja” official video. With his tattoos, close cropped hair, and scowl Ninja looks like he could potentially be a long-lost White Supremacist, and with her Chelsea-punk do and pre-Berlin Wall type school uniforms, Yo-landi Vi$$er could easily be his Skinhead girlfriend. But, haters of other races they are not! Die Antwoord claims to represent the common man and the many racial communities of South African slums. It sounds confusing, and it is. But there’s not much describing can do in the case of Die Antwoord, you really have to see, and hear, it yourself to believe it.
After a telling interview with Vice and some Videogum-blasted backlash, Die Antwoord has recently been under suspicion of being “frauds”. Videogum even went so far as to call them the “Ali G of South Africa”. Totes harsh, guys! But, could these next-level meth rappers be too good to be true? That, rather unfortunately, appears to be the truth. Ninja is not a Ninja rapper, but rather a guy known as Max Normal who spearheads a creative arts project focusing on motivating the masses through the inspiring nature of rap music, drawing, and moving things with your mind. If you don’t believe me, watch their video and it proves I’m telling the truth! This whole Max Normal thing is just as confusing as Die Antwoord, but who cares if it’s fake or real, besides music elitists with too much time on their hands! The primary goal of the members of both groups is dropping next-level beats while juxtaposing ideas and raising world-wide controversy about societal norms. They also poke mad fun at those norms– I mean they have a DJ with Progeria syndrome for god sakes! How many of you had to Google that before figuring out he actually was a real person and not CGI-ed?! I think what Die Antwoord is trying to tell us is that, generally, we are idiots. But I’ll be damned if, idiot I am, I can’t enjoy next level beats!
Keep a look out for these rap-ravers before their all too bright star fades from our interweb sky in the near future. Check out their videos below, don’t say we never gave you nothin’!
- Fashion Meets Music: Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord
- Little M.I.S.S. Frustrated: The Omission of the Truth
- M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Fresh Push Play by W+K Tokyo Lab
- Spotlight on Angelique Kidjo
- We Got The Beat: ICY LYTES