Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er.
Die Antwoord ("The Answer") is a South African satirical rap group, with lead MCs Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja
and Anri du Toit a.k.a. Yo-Landi Vi$$er
. DJ Hi-Tek often appears with them, but has not been confirmed to be either a real musician or an actor in costume.
One of the many musical projects Watkin has had. They started as Max Normal, later Max Normal.TV, doing "motivational raps" in Power Point presentations in local festivals. This eventually morphed into Die Antwoord, finally catching the attention from international media.
The group uses "zef" imagery, which That Other Wiki
defines as "a white, lower-middle-class subculture that glorifies cheap stuff". They're known for their High Concept
videos and having a dedicated cult of followers.Albums So Far:
- $O$ (2009)
- Ten$ion (2012)
- Donker Mag (2014)
They have been championed by Xeni Jardin of popular website Boing Boing.
Next they're slated to appear as supporting leads in Neill Blomkamp
's robot epic, Chappie
Die Antwoord and their music contains examples of:
- Appropriated Appellation: The word "zef". In an interview Ninja said: "Zef is like dirt, itís like scum, there was no zef movement before we came along. It was an insult, itís like eurghh, talking shit about people. (...) Itís the blackest joke, Yo-landi just being like, ĎLetís be zef.í She started telling me all this zef slang and Iím like, ĎJesus, they swear so bad.í She started swearing and swearing and saying Ďwe zefí, which is like saying ĎIím a piece-of-shit scumbag, Iím that person you hate, Iím that thing youíre embarrassed about.í"
- As Themselves: In Chappie they are a pair of lowlife rappers who "adopt" the title robot.
- Asshole Victim: The racist wheelchair seller the duo shoots in Umshini Wam.
- Ass Shove: Anies rather unceremoniously does this to Yo-landi at the end of the "Cookie Thumper".
- Black Eyes of Evil: In "I Fink U Freeky". Yo-landi also had them during NYC Fashion Week 2013.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: "Raging Zef Boner", though it's also slightly subverted in that most girls are too scared to go near it:
''Girls wiggling, giggling, telling me I'm the man
But everytime I take off my fucking underpants
Some girls start crying some girlies run away
And I'm like "what the fuck man, okay?"
Just relax yourself baby it's gonna be okay
It's not my fault I was born this way
- "Evil Boy" also claims this about uncircumcised penises. Yes, really.
- Bilingual Bonus: They frequently rap in Afrikaans. "Evil Boy" also features a verse in Xhosa. "Fok Julle Naaiers", off of Ten$ion, translates to "Fuck All You Fuckers."
- The Afrikaans in "Cookie Thumper" reveal how Yo-landi's been trying to stop Anies having anal sex with her.
- Black Comedy Rape: DJ Hi-Tek Rulez chants that said DJ will "fuck you in da ass".
- Boastful Rap: Most of their songs.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Yo-Landi's persona in the video for "Baby's On Fire"
- Brief Accent Imitation: In "Zars" Ninja goes different South African accents such as Zef, English and Afrikaans.
- Brick Joke: A rare literal version! In the 2011 short film Umshini Wam, Yo-Landi chants "I'm old enough to bleed/I'm old enough to breed/Old enough to crack a brick in your teeth while you sleep." A year later, the "Baby's on Fire" music video ends with Yo-Landi hurling a brick at Ninja's face as he holds her latest boy-toy at gunpoint.
- The Cameo: The video for "Ugly Boy" is crammed with them: Jack Black, Marilyn Manson, Flea, Dita Von Teese, and model Cara Delevingne.
- Catch Phrase: "Zef".
- Cluster F-Bomb: Frequently.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Yo-Landi.
- Death Glare: Ninja's default expression, as seen above.
- Do Not Call Me Watkin
- Dying Moment of Awesome: The owner of the wheelchair store, from their "Umshini Wam" short film. He might have been a bigoted old prick, but it takes balls of steel to stare into the barrel of a gun and say: "No. Fok YOU!" Doubles with Villainous Valour.
- Fanservice: Intentional or not, Yo-Landi is scantily clad in most videos.
- Fan Disservice: She's also usually covered with filth and/or wearing creepy makeup prosthetics and/or freaky contacts that cover her whole eyes and/or covered in unsettling animals like rats and giant moths and/or doing things like using the toilet and/or making Nightmare Faces. Ninja is all fan-disservice all the time.
- Fan Community Nickname: "Zeflings".
- Gag Penis: The video for "Evil Boy"; the EVIL THING in "Fatty Boom Boom" has two of 'em.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: As the page image shows, Ninja towers over petite Yo-Landi.
- "I Am" Song: "Enter the Ninja."
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In the "Baby's On Fire" video, in which Ninja manages to miss a non-moving human from five feet away.
- Intercourse with You: "Beat Boy", "U Make A Ninja Wanna Fuck" and part of "Evil Boy".
- The song "Sex" on Donker Mag
- Incest Subtext: Played with in the video for "Baby's On Fire," in which real-life married couple Ninja and Yo-Landi play brother and sister, and Ninja chases every single boy Yo-Landi wants to hook up with out of her room with gradually intensifying weapons.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The drummer in "Fatty Boom Boom" has Ninja's favorite words written on him; they include "peace", "care", "love", "play", "respect", "kindness", and "joy".
- Mama Bear: "Do Not Fuk Wif da Kid" indeed.
- Mood Whiplash: Played for Laughs in the short sketch "Dont Fuck Me":
Ninja: [very menacingly] Don't fuck me, Tony. Don't you ever try to fuck me.
Yo-landi: [in background] Ninja, who are you speaking to?
Ninja: [completely normally] Oh, just leaving a message for Tony.
- The Movie: "Umshini Wam",a short film they did with Harmony Korine.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: The video for "Baby's on Fire" plays with the Double Standard this trope creates: Ninja sleeps with every floozy in town, but flips out the moment Yo-Landi tries to have a sex life.
- Older Than They Look: Yo-Landi is 28, but looks 15/16 at most. Ninja is almost 40 and still looks like he could be in his early-mid twenties.
- Protest Song: "Evil Boy," against the Xhosa practice of ritual circumcision of adolescent boys, often with dirty tools and without anesthetic.
- Refuge in Audacity: Any of their songs fall under this. If you have a working knowledge of Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans... HOO BOY!
- Rich Bitch: They have a song with this title.
- Shirtless Scene: Ninja. Even when he's wearing a shirt in "I Fink U Freeky" it's got holes for his nipples.
- Shout-Out: To pop culture and their favorite artists, plus:
- "Rich Bitch"'s video could be a parody/homage to Sublime's "Wrong Way": both have girls trapped in poverty with their horrible father and brothers and take the wrong way out — "Wrong Way"'s heroine is forced to become a prostitute who hooks up with the wrong guy while Yo-landi sets her house and family on fire.
- "I Fink U Freeky" seems to take at least a little inspiration from the photo of two inbred South African brothers (lower right).
- Indeed. The video was produced by photographer Roger Ballen, who took that photo of Dresie and Casie.
- "Fatty Boom Boom" has a reference to District 9. They're apparently fairly close friends with Neil Blomkamp; see also As Themselves.
- Ninja's mustache(?) looks kind of like a Klingon's.
- "Raging Zef Boner" starts off with Yo-Landi asking what Ninja's going to do today. Same thing he does every day: kick some zef raps. Try to take over the world.
- Of all things, there's a Azumanga Daioh reference at the end of "Girl I Want 2 Eat U" - specifically, one of Osaka's cooking segments from the dub.
- Two words: Aphex Twin. From Ninja having the Aphex Twin symbol tattooed on his arm, to "Ugly Boy" being sampled from Aphex Twin's "Ageisolis" and the grinning mask from his "Windowlicker" video being featured in the vid for "Ugly Boy", it's not hard to tell that these two are big on Aphex Twin.
- "Flame on, mothafuckas!" in "Baby's On Fire".
- Something Else Also Rises: In "Evil Boy,"
Even though you lying down, I can make you stand up! -
- Stealth Parody: They are actually a satirical musical project, one of the many Watkin and Anri already had, but a lot of people, including even media specialized in music, are not aware of that fact. Overlaps with Stylistic Suck.
- Take That: "Fok Julle Naaiers", which is a shot at... everything, really.
- To Lady Gaga directly in "Fatty Boom Boom" (she had asked the duo to open for them in South Africa - the pair responded by having a fake Lady Gaga drag queen get chased around South Africa, pull prawns out of her vagina, and eaten by a lion); to Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Akon, and Pit Bull plus Gaga as a multiheaded Beast of Revelations-type monster with two giant Gag Penises that's shitting out The Black Eyed Peas on a mural titled "EVIL THING", which is getting shot by Archbishop Desmond Tutu's automatic Bible).
- To Dr Dre's headphones in "I Fink U Freeky". Reportedly, they have beef with the director in charge of marketing Dre's headphones.
- Pitbull later gets his throat torn out in the MV for (what else) "Pitbull Terrier".
- To Ludacris (specifically, mocking his collaboration with Justin Bieber) in "Hey Sexy".
- Parts of "Ugly Boy"'s music video inverts Robin Thicke's Blurred Line's video, complete with the dancing. Except this time, Ninja's the one getting naked.
- Tears of Blood: Yo-Landi, in the "Ugly Boy" video.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
- The Voiceless: DJ Hi-Tek, who never speaks and almost always wears some sort of mask.
Ninja:...when Hi-Tek walks in the motherfucking room like: "..."
- You Dirty Rat: Yo-Landi loves her rats, and show them off in a few music videos - often in grimy situations.