November 12, 2011

Song Review: Die Antwoord's "Fok Julle Naaiers"


Between all the white noise and arguing over the merits of Odd Future and Lana Del Rey, it's easy to forget how these two acts follow a particularly different path to fame perfected by the original Internet music meme sensations, Die Antwoord. In 2010, the South African rave-rap trio of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek captivated the attention of the music world through a few weirdo viral videos and gimmick songs, but since releasing their debut album, $.O.$., the novelty of their shtick has taken a dip. That taken into consideration, Die Antwoord's follow-up may be more vital to their long-term relevance than anything else that they've done. Earlier this week, the trio announced that they've severed ties with the big wigs at Interscope over creative difference and will be releasing their second LP, TEN$ION through their own label, ZEF RECORDZ. As for the album's lead single, "Fok Julle Naaaiers," it all comes down to a matter of personal taste. In English, the song's title translates to "Fuck you all" with lyrics riddled with curse words over a dubby beat likely directed toward major label puppet masters and critics alike ("Motherfuckers tell me to slow my roll / But sorry no can do / My style is so brand new / I try to make understand it / I'm here to steal the fuckkin show 'cause baby I'm a bandit...") and a controversy-inducing closing verse by the openly gay DJ Hi-Tek who spits out that other f-word like its commonplace while threatening sodomy. Another polarizing and eye-raising listen that still sounds unlike any other rap group out there, "Fok Julle Naaiers" is Die Antwoord as usual (with another bizarre eye for detail in the single's video to punctuate their point.) However, it wouldn't be totally unsurprising if many listeners had their fill of these Cape Town natives' attention-getting antics at this stage, too.

Die Antwoord - "Fok Julle Naaiers"

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