The rap-rooted act Die Antwoord never fail to continually impress with both their supercharged rap/techno music and accompanying other-worldly videos. Their latest single/video "Cookie Thumper," which was published to YouTube earlier today via noisey, is a production of pure brilliance by the trio comprised of Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Ninja, and DJ Hi-Tek. And I just love how this South African group can so effortlessly take all the various extremes of American hip-hop/rap - from nasty sexy to scary eerie - and somehow do a better job of serving it up it than their American pop/rap counterparts; and all the while rapping/singing in their own tongue with just some English words thrown in including some hip-hop references to Naughty By Nature and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
I love these guys, always have, and appreciate how they never attempt to sanitize or water down in any way their whole vibe for mainstream appeal. And this video and song just drive that point home for me. The song is a single from Die Antwoord forthcoming album Donker Mag (to be released by ZEF Recordz in February 2014) while the video, with cinematography by Alexis Zabe and Paul Gilpin with production by ZEF Filmz in association with VICE, is expertly directed by band member Ninja who picked up David Lynch's Eraserhead among his finds in the crates at Amoeba Hollywood - as seen Die Antwoord's entertaining What's In My Bag? below - filmed round same time (Oct 2010) they did an instore at Amoeba San Francisco - pictured left.
fight is over!
This Wednesday, February 22nd, Die Antwoord will be making a special appearance at Upper Playground’s San Francisco gallery, FIFTY24SF at 4:00pm. The group will be presenting a special, one-night only installation to coincide with their Noise Pop show in support of their newest album, TEN$ION.
In addition to the installation, Die Antwoord will be presenting and releasing a special collector’s vinyl sculpture of Evil Boy, made in collaboration with Good Smile Company. Select vinyl pieces will be hand-detailed on by Die Antwoord’s Ninja.
February 22, 2012
218 Fillmore Street, SF
View all our Noise Pop 2012 posts HERE!
Join Amoeba Music and Noise Pop from February 21st - February 26th for a toast to two decades of independent culture in the Bay Area. This year's musical lineup includes The Flaimin Lips, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf, Cursive, Die Antwoord, Bob Mould, Surfer Blood, Grimes, Budos Band, The Fresh & Onlys, Release The Sunbirdand, so much more. But that's not all! Noisepop 2012 also boasts impressive art shows all around town, a rockin' film series with screenings at the Roxie and Artists Television Access (ATA) (read more about that HERE), a festive pop-up shop (located in The Bold Italic Headquarters at 34 Page Street) that's just brimming withevents, and the Culture Club happenings at Public Works.
In the above video uploaded yesterday, Die Antwoord member Ninja, in a display of advance PR damage control for the US market for their anticipated forthcoming new album TEN$ION, addresses the South African electro/rap group's use of certain language (namely member DJ Hi Tek's use of the word "faggot") used in their new album's lead single and video (see below) for the song "Fok Julle Naaiers."
The song, when roughly translated means "fuck all y'all," is from their soon to drop album TEN$ION, which will be released in 2012 on their own independent label, ZEF RECORDZ (formed after the group departed Interscope Records who, they complained, tried to interfere creatively with the group). As well as member Hi-Tek's repeated usage of the word "faggot" (he's gay), Ninja addresses the topic of white people using the word "nigga" in casual conversation. "The word faggot doesn't hold any power over him. Hi Tek says faggot all the time. He's taken that word and made it his bitch," says Ninja of the F word. Below is the brand new video for the forthcoming album track that brought about the discussion. Note: DJ Hi-Tek's verse is the final one in song.
"We know what we are doing in a sort of mystical way" - Ninja
Check out this exclusive interview with Die Antwoord -- Ninja and Yo-landi break down zef style, vocabulary, discuss the American reaction to their video "Evil Boy" ("We aren't anti gay, we're anti supid people."), plus there's clips of their Amoeba SF performance too! Ninja even compares zef to Lord of the Rings! This is a true education in zef!
Watch and comment on the Die Antwoord video on YouTube.