Die Antwoord’s first album ‘$.O.$.’ was a fun little novelty record from some truly batshit crazy South Africans who rhyme in both English and Afrikaans. There were some good tracks on the album, like the song that put them on the international map, “Enter The Ninja”, but overall the record was a little blah. Aside from a few standout tracks the rest of the album was pretty forgettable.
I like their second album ‘Ten$ion’ a lot more. The beats are better, their lyrics are catchier and everything’s a whole lot more memorable. Everything sounds like a rave on crack. Take this video for “Baby’s On Fire”, which is just fucking crazy/awesome. I mean, like, what the hell? This video is amazing. Not only is the song bangin’, with its ready for the dancefloor acid house beats, but the video is also this hilarious little mini-movie featuring Ninja as an older brother wanting to keep his little sister Yo-Landi Vi$$er away from the local hoodrats. The video and song just explodes with personality. This is seriously one of the best music videos I’ve seen in a while.
Equally weird and random is this video for “I Fink U Freeky”. Die Antwoord isn’t for everybody, but you can’t help be a fan of this stuff if you seek out the weird and bizarre. You have to be a little freeky to like this stuff, but if you do you’re going to have a ball with it.