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Die Antwoord (Afrikaans: "The Answer") is a hip-hop act from Cape Town, South Africa consisting of three members, Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek.

Die Antwoord lead vocalist Ninja (born Watkin Tudor Jones) was a part of the South African hip-hop scene for many years, fronting such acts as The Original Evergreen, Max Normal, Fucknrad and The Constructus Corporation. He is known for adopting different stage personas. In the case of Die Antwoord his persona is Ninja: a hyper violent character who is very different from his previous incarnations.

Die Antwoord was later created as a group in 2009, consisting of performers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on their official website. In 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage (along with co-director Ninja) shot the video for their single "Enter the Ninja." The video became a viral phenomenon on the internet nine months later, delivering so much traffic to their official website that their original provider shut down their account, forcing them to move their hosting to a US-based provider to handle the traffic. The "Enter The Ninja" video also features South African progeria survivor Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist.

Die Antwoord performs "Zef" music, Zef being an Afrikaans slang term which loosely translates to the American equivalent of "Redneck". Their lyrics are performed in both Afrikaans and English.
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STARCD 7653 Die Antwoord - Ten$ion album art Die Antwoord Ten$ion (Album) Zef Recordz STARCD 7653 South Africa 2012 Sell This Version
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none Die Antwoord - Made By God (Chapter III) album art Die Antwoord Made By God (Chapter III)(CD, Album) Zef Recordz none South Africa 2017 Sell This Version
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mjb

mjb

June 1, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
Honestly I think they are geniuses. Everything that was ever rebellious, shocking, or otherwise revolting-to-the-elders about the personas and performances of rock and roll, metal, punk, noise, gangsta rap, and so on is so not-shocking to anyone from Gen X or younger. It's all been done. Elementary and middle-school children sport dyed mohawks. Walk into any Wal-Mart and there are wrinkled greybeards with tats, piercings, and stretched earlobes. Every once-shocking stage act now induces yawns. Stripper poles are mainstream. Seemingly every squeaky-clean pop star has had some kind of fall from grace.

So what does it take to really make someone feel uncomfortable nowadays? It has to be something maintainable, not a one-time stunt. But it still has to be over the top.

Well, in Die Antwoord we have one possible answer: making your dance-rap band appear to be the product of a grotesque mutant and a pair of gangster meth-heads with no social graces. Loveless, sex-obsessed, violent, almost inhuman...Brilliant! It's such a throwback and not really that different from Insane Clown Posse and so many bad-neighbor/bad-kid characters in music over the last few decades, yet so fresh and modern at the same time. The first time I saw and heard their work (in 2016, at age 45), I felt so freaking old and out of touch—and to be honest, a little uncomfortable, even though I knew, intellectually, that it was all theatrics. It was almost as if I was contracting an STD just by watching their stage show on TV. If my kid was into this and thought it was real, I really would not worry, even though the kid most likely would not understand just how fake it is.

I also see it as part of the larger "awkward" trend in youth-oriented programming. Professional comics keep trying to outdo each other in how & how deeply they make the audience feel anxiety and discomfort. Now with Die Antwoord we have musicians in on the joke. It's ridiculous, and they can't keep doing it forever, but they are on fire right now, and I am interested to see if they can take it to the next level.
I-Celt

I-Celt

November 3, 2015
is fatty boom boom on 12" vinyl?
joshualogan

joshualogan

August 11, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
The first time I came across Die antwoord showed me one of their music videos I think It was "Babys on Fire" It was when I was about 14... Ever since then I have little flashback memorys of this rap rave group, but did not know the name. So when I was 17 my interest in music arouse. And I said to my self "what was that crazy group called". Then I found out who they were and was continuously intrigued by their use of lyrics, music videos, "Roger Ballen" Inspired art and their "ZEF" culture.

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