Is this the Year of South Africa? I’m not sure, but they do have the World Cup and Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for The Answer). I don’t know much about Die Antwoord beyond the facts that they are from Cape Town and they are effing hilarious. I can’t tell if they are being ironic or absolutely dead serious. If it’s the former, it’s pretty funny; if it’s the latter, I might just pee myself laughing. Check out their website.
Die Antwoord consists mainly of rappers Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. They burst onto the scene recently due to the online success of the video for their song “Enter the Ninja”. Now they have an album called $O$ (seen, with ridiculous cover art, at left), they are going to make a video with the dude who did District 9, they might work with Diplo, and they are signed to Interscope Records.
Will Die Antwoord be remembered in 10, hell, even 2 years? Most likely not. But I’m feeling them. This might be exactly what we need right now. Let’s have some tracks, shall we?
Rap + Electro = Rap-rave.
Rap-rave + Bangs + South African ne’er-do-wells = Comedy.
Die Antwoord = Like totally ruling me right now.
UPDATE: Behold the coolest interview ever via VICE Magazine Online.