IF YOU HAD ASKED ME TWO DAYS AGO WHETHER OR NOT HIP HOP WAS DEAD I would have said absolutely. Undoubtedly. Over. Done. Kaput. Not that I don’t like any of the hip hop out today… I just haven’t really heard any in a long time. Then recently my friend sat me down to watch this video and I witnessed the hardest motherfuckers I’ve seen in a long, long time. I was completely blown away. I haven’t heard hip hop like this for a long time. Die Antwoord (The Answer) hail not from the boogie down Bronx, but from Cape Town,  South Africa, of which I’ve heard stories of how hard life can be there, and I guess now I know. Hip Hop has had this… baby, lol I dunno and it was the most offensive, wildest, scariest shit I’ve ever seen. Fronted by what I believe is a rapping couple, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er and they’ve even got an openly gay DJ (Hi-Tek) who wears a frightening mask threatening to rape anyone who messes with him (if they dare to mess with a ‘real man’). BRILLIANT! I think it’s pretty amazing that this guy is in that world where being gay is just not openly accepted (and I mean Hip-Hop not Cape Town) and more bold than anything I’ve seen here in this country. Even the moronic Jay-Z is still babbling anti-gay nonsense in his songs to children and everyone just lets it slide because he’s Jay-Z and oh aren’t they an amazing couple they work so hard! – I hope DJ Hi-Tek kicks his ass right in front his stupid wife on the island he bought her with your money. I could go on about Zef and what it means but I’ll just cut to the music and let you get the crap scared out of you and your brain be insulted and your mouth hit the floor by what you’re about to see, and then I’ll post the wiki info for ya! – ENJOY.

Zef Recordz (2011-) Associated acts Jack Parow, Fokofpolisiekar, MaxNormal.TV, The Constructus Corporation, Leon Botha, Diplo

Website www.dieantwoord.com

Members: NinjaYo-Landi Vi$$er, DJ Hi-Tek

Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for “The Answer”) is a hip hop group 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 part of the South African hip-hop scene for many years, fronting acts such as The Original Evergreens, MaxNormal.TV and The Constructus Corporation. He is known for adopting different stage personas. In the case of Die Antwoord, his persona is Ninja: a vulgar and aggressive character who is very different from his previous incarnations. When asked whether Ninja was a character he said, “Ninja is, how can I say, like Superman is to Clark Kent. The only difference is, I don’t take off this fokken Superman suit.”


Die Antwoord was created as a group in 2008, consisting of performers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er (Yolandi Visser), and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on their official website. $O$ features Cape Flats rappers Garlic Brown (aka Knoffel Bruin), Scallywag and Isaac Mutant, and Jack Parow and Jaak Paarl (aka Jaak). In 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage (along with co-director Ninja) shot the video for their single “Enter the Ninja.” The video became popular on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the official Die Antwoord website. Their original South African hosting provider, Hetzner, disabled their hosting account following massive bandwidth overage caused by the traffic following the site launch. The group was forced to move their website to a US-based hosting provider to handle the traffic. The “Enter The Ninja” video also features the late Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist who was one of the world’s oldest and most well known survivors of progeria. Following the success of the video, Ninja and Yo-Landi were flown business class to Los Angeles where they signed a record deal with Interscope Records, home of artists including Dr Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. In April 2010, Die Antwoord performed their first international concert at the Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs, California, in front of 40,000 people.


Following this, Die Antwoord went on to perform songs from their debut album, $O$, all over the United States (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Texas, Nashville, Washington D.C, Baltimore, Seattle, Portland, and Atlanta). They went on to perform in Canada, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Serbia, Poland, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.


At the end of 2010, Die Antwoord won the Myspace ‘Best Music Video of 2010’ award for their debut video, Enter The Ninja.

In November 2011, Die Antwoord left Interscope Records over a dispute concerning their upcoming album and its lead single, Fok Julle Naaiers. Die Antwoord formed their own independent label, Zef Recordz, and will release their new album through it.


Die Antwoord performs music which incorporates many Zef elements and references. According to the band, Zef is a South African slang term that describes a unique South African style which is modern and trashy and also includes out-of-date, discarded cultural and style elements. Both Ninja and Yolandi have offered definitions of zef. Yolandi was quoted as saying, “It’s associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style.” Their lyrics are performed in Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English.


In an interview with Exclaim! magazine, the group revealed they have a five album plan. According to Ninja, “We’ll be dropping films between each of the albums, feature films… We have one we’re working on for next year called The Answer. It’s like the story of how Die Antwoord started. But that’s like, our power, and where our energy is at right now”

They have filmed a short film for the song “Wat Kyk Jy?” (Afrikaans for “What Are You Looking At?”) with American filmmaker Harmony Korine. The short film premiered at SXSW as “Umshini Wam” and features “furry costumes, wheelchairs, a music video breakdown, and plenty of zef slang”. The film is available online.


The single Evil Boy contained a verse by guest vocalist Wanga (a Xhosa rapper) in his native language, which rejects the traditional Xhosa passage to manhood achieved in part by circumcision, electing to remain uncircumcised; thus an “evil boy for life”. The video has garnered over 6.3 million views as of 16 Feb 2012.


The band began touring Europe in April 2010 and the USA and Canada later that same year. Shortly after, they joined the 2011 Big Day Out circuit which took them to New Zealand and Australia to much commercial success, sharing back-to-back, sold-out sideshows with English artist M.I.A..



EP singles

  • 2010 5 (CD, EP, Cherrytree Records)
  • 2010 Ekstra (CD, EP, Cherrytree Records)



4 thoughts on “DIE ANTWOORD

  1. aah, I don’t know what to say . . . I think I stopped taking rap seriously when it abandoned its critical commentary of the hideous, and began celebrating it as a lifestyle choice. The influence of the marketplace drives this kind of transformation and it quickly becomes something people, especially young people, do, rather than a critique of the way things are.

    Now that I’ve bored you to death, thank you for the music. I love that girl but, frankly, this stuff scares the hell out of me.

    • Yes! Exactly. They scared the crap out of me too! I LOVED IT. Thank you for reading it, and you never bore me. I actually fink ur quite brilliant. As the girl said, I fink ur freaky and I like you a lot!

      • I guess GHOST HUNTERS is about my terror-tolerance level these days. Anyways, what I think is brilliant about all this is that you can keep your fingers on the dance-pulse in cellars all over the city and keep an ear-out for what is about to happen next on the air/web waves of the entire planet. Shit, it may be urban swing-pop, for all we know . . .

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