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Die Antwoord’s “Baby’s On Fire”

Note: you’re going to have to login to Yotubes to watch this video.

Die Antwoord are back with their unending celebration of weirdness and the depravity of the human condition. Videos like this make me happy that Die Antwoord decided to split with Interscope and retain creative control of their work. It is so good. Totally worth signing in to watch.

And, if you’re a total vinyl geek like me, check out their current record at Insound. Ten$ion.

Die Antwoord’s “I Fink U Freeky”

Die Antwoord are back continuing their celebration of ugliness. Much has been written here on The Black Laser about the group, so I won’t waste your time. If you want to read what I’ve written, just click the “Die Antwoord” tag at the bottom of the post. But do watch the video and start to get excited for their next record. I am.

Die Antwoord’s “Fok Julle Naaiers”

Hell yes! Die Antwoord is back with a fresh single from their forthcoming record TEN$ION to be released on their new indie label Zef Records after a messy, public split from Interscope. You can’t blame them for leaving Interscope either since the label tried to water down Die Antwoord’s sound and image, to make them more pop-friendly. And that’s just plain wrong. Good on Die Antwoord for sticking to their guns and taking the artistic—if not commercial—high road.

The title of this track translates loosely to “Fuck you fuckers,” which is a perfect title. I was going to say the this video had a paucity of penises compared to their other ones, and then I got the end of the third minute and DJ Hitek came in with his “I’ll fuck you in the ass” section and all my worries about a lack of penises dissipated.

Die Antwoord’s “Rich Bitch”

This came out yesterday, so I assume that everyone on the internets has already seen it. Nevertheless, I wanted to share it with you all. Here it is.

Die Antwoord is back with “Rich Bitch” featuring my favorite electro hip hop hamster dressed in a gold cat suit taking a piss on a gold toilet. Keep is classy, Die Antwoord. If you get a chance to see these guys live, do it. Totally amazing show.

As always, this video could be considered not work safe if you work in a horrible place that frowns upon awesomeness.

Enter the Water Jug Ninja

Well, we all know who to call when suburbia’s water bottle population stages a coup and needs to be “dealt with”.

Besides the pure absurdity of this video (hello rainbow handle tape, did that come from a little girl’s tennis racket?), at least the music by The Black Laser favorites Die Antwoord is rad. You know what, fuck it, because you’ll get bored halfway through this video like I did, here’s the proper music video for “Enter the Ninja”.

And then there’s this.

Ninja Parade Slips Through Town Unnoticed Once Again

Thanks, Gardner!

Die Antwoord’s “Evil Boy”

Two words: PENISES.

If that didn’t clue you in, this video might be a little NSFW unless you work in a boner factory or something and penises are a common sight at your place of work.

And, in contrast, Die Antwoord has not disappointed at all. These guys get weirder and weirder with every piece of media they release and this video for Diplo-produced “Evil Boy” is no different. What they’re doing is some sort of insane genius art project involving the entire world and I love it. I am bummed I missed them when they played here at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I don’t even know what I was doing when I missed it. Working? Out of town? Stupid? Probably just stupid. God damn, I suck sometimes.

Enjoy this video in a place where you won’t get in trouble for watching. And check Yolandi’s fucking mean ass flows. Darkly wonderful.

Even The New Yorker has hit on the fire.

Sometimes the internet is a marvelous thing. What we were discovering just weeks ago has since completely blown up and spread virally. I’m, of course, talking about Die Antwoord, South Africa’s finest art. And even the stodgiest of the old guard, The New Yorker, has hit on their magnificence. Check it.

If authenticity is a vampire threatening to suck the fun out of pop music, the South African band Die Antwoord (“The Answer,” in Afrikaans) is a fistful of garlic. Go to the band’s well-designed Web site and you will find a goofy, vibrant ball of confusion. Die Antwoord was founded by a South African music-biz veteran named Waddy Jones (Ninja, here) who celebrates zef, which translates roughly as “common” or “redneck,” but which Jones claims is a synonym for “the ultimate style.” This dicey language game will be refereed by South Africans; everyone else can unravel the band’s musical preference for the nineties. (Vanilla Ice and Technotronic come to mind.) The band is better at generating questions than answers. What’s with the post-Keith Haring illustrations? Why does the band member Yo-landi Vi$$er look like both a model and a normal teen-ager? Is Die Antwoord a celebration or a sendup? Get ready for a fight about the legitimacy of the group and, hopefully, for an influx of more South African pop culture.

What’s next? The Wall Street journal reviewing The Behemoth’s next record? A four page article on Detroit Ghettotech in the Conservative Chronicle? An editorial in The Economist on the best places in Brooklyn to drink on a Saturday afternoon? Will the wonders never cease?!

Check the original here.

Thanks for the heads-up, Sarah!

Further information dug up regarding Die Antwoord

I’ve been rustling through the interwebs today and found out a little more about Die Antwoord. Apparently, the group is the brain child of Watkin Tudor Jones, aka NINJA. His career in South African hip-hop stretches back to the halcyon days of the mid-90s (remember those?) and across several different projects, such as Max Normal and the Constructus Corporation.

Now, I could go and rehash all the info I read, but instead I’ll just send you to the site where I read it.

How about some samples of their previous work?


Constructus Corporation

I’ve also learned about this concept called “zef” which is a South African word meaning something like “common.” Based on the description I got from Kameraad Mhambi’s blog post “What is Zef?” is that it’s like a blend of ghetto and trailer park sensibilities. Read the article though, it’s more informative than what I just wrote.

Where does that leave us with Die Antwoord? Exactly where we were before. They are still awesome. If these guys ever came to New York, I’d be in line an hour before doors. Seriously, I don’t care if there’s a whole scene in South Africa, this shit is fresh as fuck here in the States and I am into it. I need—NEED—the record. Need it so bad.