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Editors’ Notes

The South African rap iconoclasts are more zef than ever on Ten$ion, making widely appealing art out of lowbrow culture. Bookended by rap-rock/dubstep stomper "Never Le Nkemise 1" and trance/dubstep hair-raiser "Never Le Nkemise 2," the album veers everywhere from nursery-rhyme raps to '90s dance to West Coast gangster boogie. Highlights include Yolandi Visser's baby-voiced toasting atop 2 Unlimited-style rave on "I Fink U Freeky," and the irresistibly naughty party-rap riff "U Make a Ninja Wanna F**k.

Customer Reviews

These guys are so fresh!

I don't know what to say about these guys other than the fact that they make me want to listen to them more. I don't know anything about them or what their schtick is, whether or not they're making fun of the way pop-culture is going, but I love it. They're simply brilliant. They're a series of creative minds running on meth overtime while drizzled in spray can paint. You think their music is catchy? Watch their videos like Fatty Boom Boom (first) and then Baby on fire.

Is good

Lets be honest, most American hip hop these days plays like the same thing over and over: the same lyrical themes, the same collaborations and the same chest beating machismo. After listening to the umpteenth rapper declaring themselves "the greatest" in a leisurely mid-tempo rap, hearing these odd balls from South Africa spitting rapid fire rhymes that send up hip hop tropes in a trashily satirical way is wonderfully welcome to music fans sick of Drake, Kanye and Jay Z. Although not prefect, it's so giddy in its destructive "the hell with it" attitude it's hard not to be sucked in. Not for everyone, but a fresh take on a stale genre.

Full Flex

A true work of art. 10 of the tightest tracks on this album to make you want to dance all night, but the whole album is really a well constructed emotional experience. Two of the 12 tracks seem to be included as tools to make you a bit on edge and uncomfortable. It sounds invasive and unpleasant at first, but actually these two awkward tracks are placed strategically to bring you down just enough to allow your endorphins to peak again on following tracks. You can not peak constantly, there must be ebbs and flows - waves of full flex, separated expertly with carefully imposed moments of doubt and uncertainty. Worth every cent!


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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