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 are known for their High Concept
videos and having a dedicated cult of followers.Albums So Far:
- $O$ (2009)
- Ten$ion (2012)
- Donker Mag (expected February 2014)
They have been championed by Xeni Jardin of popular website Boing Boing.
Die Antwoord and their music contains examples of:
- Black Eyes of Evil: In "I Fink U Freeky". Yo-landi also had them during NYC Fashion Week 2013.
- Bilingual Bonus: They frequently rap in Afrikaans. "Evil Boy" also features a verse in Xhosa. "Fok Julle Naaiers", off of Ten$ion, translates to "Fuck All You Fuckers."
- Black Comedy Rape: DJ Hi-Tek Rulez
- Boastful Rap
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Yo-Landi's persona in the video for "Baby's On Fire"
- Catch Phrase: "Zef."
- Cluster F-Bomb: Frequently.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Yo-Landi.
- 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 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".
- 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".
- 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).
- "Fatty Boom Boom" has a reference to District 9. They're apparently fairly close friends with Neil Blompkamf.
- Ninja's mustache(?) looks kind of like a Klingon's.
- 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(?), 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.
- To Ludacris in "Hey Sexy".
- 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: Averted. Yo-Landi loves them, and they frequently show up in her parts in videos.