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Album Review

Primal scream therapy is fine, but there are days when dropping trousers, turning up the rave music to a deafening levels, and spraying cake batter about the kitchen while screaming vulgarities in the Afrikaans language is the only solution. For those days, Die Antwoord's debut album $o$ was the lone available soundtrack, since their sophomore effort Ten$ion had dead spots where one might awaken from this beautiful nightmare and catch their shameful selves in the mirror, but happy mania days are here again on Donker Mag, so crack open some glow sticks and get that loincloth out of the dryer. Coming on strong with that quirky, kewpie doll hook from singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er and those wonderfully dumb, wonderfully wicked lyrics from rapper Ninja, the opening "Ugly Boy" is the first sign that the drugs are all good on the South African duo's/electro-freakshow's third album. The title of the following "Happy Go Sucky Fucky" confirms it, as the track's 2 Unlimited-meets-Ministry construction then underlines it. On the off-kilter dark carnival dubbed "Raging Zef Boner" Ninja barks "You can kiss my black ass" because this white man's rump is, undoubtedly, filthy. Grind time comes when the ludicrous "Rat Trap 666" suggests they've joined both the G-Unit and Three 6 Mafia cliques with lurching 808 drum machines and special guest DJ Muggs in tow, while the slick and sick ballad "Strunk" might be the duo's greatest conceptual moment, coming off as the Residents producing Janet Jackson and offering amorous couples a pillow talk number great for slithering off to the bedroom. Big boomy booty club tracks like "Pitbull Terrier" and "Cookie Thumper" can't lose in these acid calamity surroundings, while the skits and interludes broaden the Die Antwoord mythology, but feel free to enter here, as not understanding what "zef," "dwank," or any of this means is actually the key to becoming an Antwoord insider. As inspired, awful, and awesome as their debut, the only bummer about Donker Mag is that H.P. Lovecraft, H.R. Giger, and H.R. Pufnstuf didn't live long enough to hear it.

Customer Reviews

Die Antwoord <New> Sound?

Let me preface this by saying I am most definitely a die hard Die Antwoord fan. I have been pumped for this album since they first announced that they were working on it. After listening through it a few times I am still not sure whether I like it or not. Firstly, the songs are very different from anything Die Antwoord has produced in the past. There is much more singing incorperated and it leaves you with a dewy/misty/dream-like feeling after most of the songs. This pairs very well with Yolandi's signature style, but I felt like Ninja kind of seemed out of place. The album also relies a lot more heavily on more repetitive pop-y beats than many of their previous albums, giving it a much more "polished" feel than what is typically associated with their sound. It has lots of beauty, but also it is not so much a "hype" album like many of their previous rap-heavy "zef style" tracks.
In summary, the album is very different from their previous stuff. Not my favorite album but I'm still a hug fan. Can't wait to see how their sound continues to evolve!

Pros: stunning, wonder-land like feelings dripping off many of the tracks. Yolandi's talent is highlighted excellently by this style
Cons: loses some of the "raw", gritty, edgy sounds associated with other Die Antwoord albums.


Even if you don't like Die Antwoord, you like Die Antwoord. This album is FKN AMAZING. Buy it now.

Classic Waddy

This is a great album. I can tell some people are confused by it.
I read comments saying "not as gritty as their previous work" and "Hope they get back to their roots on the next album". Those people have no idea who "Die Antwoord" really is.
Die Antwoord is a concept, just like everything else Waddy has done in the past. I highly suggest, if you are a fan, to delve into their earlier work.


Formed: 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Coming from Cape Town, South Africa, the hip-hop duo Die Antwoord struck Internet viral gold with their video hit "Enter the Ninja," but they're really conceptual artists Watkin Tudor Jones and Yo-Landi ViSSer presenting their "inner zef." Before assuming the roles of Ninja and Yo-landi ViSSer for die Antwoord, the two were involved with satirical projects like MaxNormal.TV -- who wore three-piece business suits and delivered motivational hip-hop -- and the Constructus Corporation: a hip-hop fantasy...
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