Die Antwoord

South African rave-rap terrorists Die Antwoord, who became global viral sensations last year and who somehow turned that into an Interscope contract, have parted ways with their major label, claiming that Interscope was doing its best to turn them into something more pop-friendly. Instead, they’re planning to self-release the new album TEN$ION on their own label Zef Recordz. And with that announcement, they’ve given us a new video called “Fok Julle Naaiers,” a title that translates to “Fuck You All.” The black-and-white clip doesn’t have the same eyeball-exploding weirdness that the group’s earlier videos brought, but not a lot would. Instead, the black-and-white video mostly features bare-chested dudes, many of them with bad tattoos and firearms, staring down the camera. There’s also a whole lot of scorpion/tarantula/butterfly/worm action.

With the new video, they’ve also uploaded a new clip in which rat-mustached frontman Ninja explains that they aren’t homophobic and that the elaborately latex-masked DJ Hi-Tek (at least, I hope that’s a mask) is gay. Figure it all out for yourself and watch both videos below.


(via BoingBoing)

If you didn’t know, pretty much all of Hi-Tek’s ridiculous and incendiary lyrics are direct quotes from this amazing, perplexing Mike Tyson press conference.

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  1. Die Antwoord, Odd Future and Lana Del Rey World Tour 2012

  2. hahaa. You want a group who’s first single off their new album translates to “Fuck all y’all” to tone it down? What did the label expect them to do?

  3. i love ninja’s tattoos. they give a sense of immediacy and sincerity that full color six session tattoos could never deliver.

  4. Amazing how Dj H-Tech has been announced as gay..as a way to state that the band is not homophobic!
    You know, the same DJ Hi-Tech that has not featured in any of the main videos…and when he has- has been represented by multiple people.

    I am not buying that crap for one moment!
    Their previous track ‘Evil Boy’ featured the line; ‘Listen here, you fokken asshole, i don’t want to go to the bush with you, i am not gay’!

    An amazing u-turn to declare that their ever-changing DJ is now a gay man!

    • In south africa among the traditional tribal culture there it’s a rite of passage for a young man to go into the bush with an elder and perform a rite in which they do some crazy circumcision thing basically scarring the young man for life. if you don’t go through with this, you are branded as an “evil boy”. that line was a blast on the irony that these tribal people are VERY homophobic despite the fact that they take these kids into the bush to touch their junk. he was making fun of them.

      Maybe you’d buy the line if you knew what you were talking about.

      • ^^^^^^Exactly what I would have put. Do the research or stop complaining, Tivert. The depth itself of the song, ‘Evil Boy’, is fantastic- I love Die Antwoord’s orientation and outspoken views.

        • IT IS bullshit that excuse he makes. and just focusing on the word fagot is bullshit too. this is some dark sociopathic music with a thin BS explanation and you fell for it . there is no DJ hi tec! and even if he a real person and was gay, ranting about how you’re gonna fuck someone in the ass and humiliate them is NOT COOL, period. Rape is not cool. calling people fagots or any name and telling them you’re gonna rape them is not cool. where is the world at people? are we so desensitized that this is the only thing the “flips shit” and gets us thinking?? Someone screaming in your face that they are going to rape you?

          fuck all you fuckers!

          • Lou you are delusional, snap out of it. This tune basically quotes Mike Tyson’s words did you listen? Freedom of speech is being perverted with zionistic rhetoric and methods now being used by the gay agenda., the feminist agenda, and the environmental movement. Its a ruse.

  5. In “evil boy”s lyrics evil boy (not ninja or yolandi), uses “i don’t want to go to the bush with you” to refer to the older members in the community performing dangerous circumcisions on teen boys to make them “men”. To him, not only does circumcision by an older man with a dirty knife sound risky and painful, but also kinda gay.

  6. Excuse me, but your translation of ‘Fok julle naaiers’ is incorrect. It doesnt simply mean fuck you all. The word ‘naaiers’ actually means people who have sex, or who fuck, more appropriately. But at the same time, a ‘naaier’ can also be a person who is a wanker, an asshole, or something derogatory like that.

    So my own translation to English (to get at the proper meaning) would be something like ‘Fuck you wankers’.

  7. Some of best friends are South Africans…

    Even if DJ Hi-Tek is gay, and they are best friends, and every one loves every one in South Africa – I still get to be bothered by the word “faggot”. I don’t even have to be gay to do so!

    I also tire of the “don’t give words power” ideology – it’s a veiled, loose form of “blaming the victim” (at least with the same logic) that is far more insidious than outright bigotry because it’s frequently adopted by self-proclaimed progressive people.

    I’ll admit, I stopped watching the video at DJ Hi-Tek’s part because I really don’t like hearing the word ‘faggot’ repeated – it makes me nervous/anxious. But knowing those were quotes from an interview with Mike Tyson makes me interested again and I wish that was the only explanation and not that lame-duck, half-handed explanation (which it was never touted as an apology but it sort of seemed like a forced one – did they apologize in it? I’m not watching it again.)

  8. Alex Vermitsky  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2011 0

    Should’ve gotten Max to DJ. Missed opportunity.

  9. these guys are trippin me out man

  10. Halloween already happened right? Only now did I realize that I should have dressed up as Yo-Landi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord. Next year?

  11. Ferns, I think if you’re taking these lyrics and mind fucking them to death, you probably shouldn’t be listening to any music. Unless of course, it has no lyrics or sound more like a pbs morning show for children. It sounds like you need to RELAX. If the word faggot makes you queezy, you’d better stay indoors because it’s still used loosely around the world. Dont be so uptight and quit over-analyzing.Youre ruining it for the rest of us.

  12. Ferns, I’m guessing you’re a cultural studies or sociology student.
    I had to smirk at the “I’m not homophobic, my best friend is gay.” Used as a dodge SO often. But my guess is he didn’t think to *not* use those words because it’s exactly the way he described it, maybe people are more relaxed about language in SA.

    Having been the victim of homophobic bullying for my entire adolescence, I adopted a similar stance as DJ Hi Tek towards the word. I made it my own too.

  13. It is VERY likely that those lines come from Mike Tyson that had a freakout about 10 years back. Check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pViMzR_ylXg and see how they based it on that.

  14. For those speculating that DJ Hi-Tek’s part are inspired by the Mike Tyson rant, I’d way that DJ Hi-Tek is functionally doing a cover of Mike Tyson.

    • IMHO the bit of trivia that they borrowed those words from mike tyson, does not make this some sophisticated cultural reference. big fuckin deal. those ugly words (straight from Mike tyson’s prison experience no doubt) should have faded with the moments he spoke them, not dredged up and set to music and amplified across the internets

  15. I am a faggot. I am a cock sucking, shirt lifting, pillow biting queer. Yep, I am a FAGGOT. say it loud y’all, ain’t contagious….F A G G O T! People need to get over themselves, seriously. The whole ‘give words power thing’ is not tired – it’s true. Someone can only make you feel inferior if you give them the power to do so – I grew up in rural right wing South Africa and I’ve never, EVER let anyone have the kind of power of me….so really….everybody get.a.grip! It is, after all – just a word.

    • AMEN!!! YOU GO YOU LIL’ COCKSUCKER YOU!!! I’M NOT GAY BUT WAY TO TELL IT BUDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER… KEEP SHIT REAL AND DON’T MAKE THINGS MORE THAN THEY ARE YOU FUCKING MORONS….

      BY THE WAY DO ANY OF YOU FUCKS ACTUALLY LIKE THIS MUSIC ??? I DO BECUASE THESE GUYS SAY WHAT THE FUCK THEY WANT AND DO IT HOWEVER THEY WANT AND I FIND THAT REFRESHING IN A WORLD (AS TERRIBLE AND DARK AS IT CAN BE) SO FULL OF BLEEDING HEART FUCKS WHO THINK EVERYTHING SHOULD BE POLITE AND POLITICALLY CORRECT. GOOD CAN’T BE GOOD W/OUT A BAD PRESENT TO MAKE YOU APPRECIATE IT THE WORLD NEEDS A BALANCE SO QUIT YOU CRYING PEOPLE!!!

  16. Not to be a stickler here, but “they,” as far as I know, DON’T call South Africa “the rainbow nation”…do they?

  17. so, does everyone agree ferns is an idiot. cool.

    i think words only have the power of association negative or positive.

    and if a word makes you uncomfortable… maybe you need to venture out of your comfort zone a bit.

    • Fern’s not an idiot because he/she is uncomfortable. but it’s not about the word “fagot”(don’t waste your time arguing about that) Yes, a word by itself only has the power you give it, but more to the point a word has power because of the context it’s used in! and this is the point that no one seems to acknowledge:
      The context that “fagot” is used here is so fucking ugly and dark, anyone who is not brutally desensitized would find it truly offensive. If you re-sensitize yourself for a moment and listen again, you will notice that YOU, the consumer of this lovely tune/video, is being threatened with with RAPE and humiliation, over and over. How is that cool? and even if you don’t take the “lyrics” to be directed at yourself, how cool is it to be enjoying listening to someone one else being dominated and threatened with rape. It’s only human to be uncomfortable when assaulted verbally and threatened with being “fucked in front of everyone”. you are the idiot spencer if you didn’t notice the song assaults YOU as it’s listener. and most people are uncomfortable when they are being assaulted or threatened, or maybe you’re just really tough.

  18. die antwoord and odd future I can see but Lana Del Rey??? dont see the connection there. PLEASE ODD FUTURE AND DIE ANTWOORD TOUR> FUCK YES PLAY NY AND ILL BE HAPPY AS FUCK

  19. So what if Hi-Tek may or may not be gay? Does it really matter, or change anything at all? Okay.. great, maybe hes gay. Where do we go from here? Anywhere? Or we having a childish game of calling out the faggot?

    Seriously I don’t get it, whether or not someone is gay doesn’t change anything at all. No one here considers anyone else’s opinions important to anyone else at all, so why even bother trying? Out of all the shit you could have against this group, you play the “faggot” card.

    Are you that stupid?

  20. seems to me that rap is about brutality and male domination as well as sexuallity. Even before I heard that Tyson rant, I thought it was a flip on that kind of language and behavior. He’s saying ‘this is what I do, I love this “faggot” shit, deal w/ it’…I think it’s cool, even though it’s hard to listen to. Die Antwoord is flipping all kinds of shit. I love it!

    As good friend of mine likes to say “just cause a guy sucks cock doesn’t mean he can’t kick your ass!”

  21. I think most of you miss the point of this group all together – #1 There is no “DJ Hi-Tek” he is just a made up person – they actually have several people that work as “DJ Hi-Tek” and several more that appear as him in the videos but for the most part.. its Ninja and Yo-Landi – #2 Die Antwoord is a group that does things BECAUSE it trips your mind – everything is done on purpose to get you thinking outside the box because so many people are walking around like robots in this world. Their music and visuals is a way of saying “Wake up motherfucker” and THAT is why they are so awesome and talented, because not a lot of artists can do that anymore, but they manage it over and over again.

    • who cares??? what you should be asking yourself is, does it sound good? do i like or empathize with the lyrical content and will i download it? after that what else really matters?

  22. The fact that people are trying to be hard and love this ugly song is sad. and it’s not about the word “fagot”(don’t waste your time arguing about that) Yes, a word by itself only has the power you give it…
    OR the power of the context it’s used in!
    and this is the point that no one seems to acknowledge:
    The context that “fagot” is used here is so fucking ugly and dark, anyone who is not brutally desensitized would find it truly offensive. If you re-sensitize yourself for a moment and listen again, you will notice that YOU, the consumer of this lovely tune/video, is being threatened with with RAPE and humiliation, over and over. How is that cool? and even if you don’t take the “lyrics” to be directed at yourself, how cool is it to be enjoying listening to someone one else being dominated and threatened with rape. If I was gay I’d be furious about this song, as I believe most homophobia stems from the male fear of being raped and humiliated.. doubly pissed off by the rumor that there is no dj hitec and that this bullshit excuse Ninja gives for the use of that word being OK is that DJ hitec is gay. This song does nothing good for gay men and their struggle against homophobia and hate.

    And the bit of trivia that they borrowed those words from mike tyson, does not make this some sophisticated cultural reference. big fuckin deal. those ugly words (straight from Mike tyson’s prison experience) should have faded with the moments he spoke them, not dredged up and set to music and amplified across the internets for lovely children to enjoy on every continent.

    At the same time I guess you can’t be that surprised or offended when you clicked on a song titled “fuck all you fuckers”. The world is a mixed bag, what we put our attention and energy grows. I think die antwoord are incredibly talented artists, but in my opinion they are spreading darkeness, and disturbance, they aren’t “flipping” anything. I think if people are not “awake” it’s because they are heartbroken and deafened my the brutality, apathy and ugliness we see around us (particularly in the media), turning up the volume on that ugliness to wake you up, like die antwoord does, is not helping anything IMHO. It just ups the ante on acceptable levels of hideous behavior. Where can we go from here? what will the next video be like? if we keep going this way, what will it take to “wake people up” in 5 years? will we get to watch DJ hitec actually raping his cell mate?? Remember, this is our culture’s entertainment. Who needs more art who’s take away message is “life is creepy and disgusting”.
    Shocking people is not that hard, inspiring them to make the world a better place is. I wish die antwoord would use their talents and intelligence to help the world, instead of bullshitting about flipping shit and anything more thatn securing their fame by any means necessary. Fok Julle Naaiers!

    • LOU! MY DUDE!
      wtf are you crying about? point? acknowledge? hideous behavior? our culture?
      first who gives a shit whether or not there IS a point, and if there is why should anyone “acknowledge it” ?
      second what hideous behavior? it’s A FUCKING MUSIC VIDEO not actual footage of a rape or two dudes bangin’ in a bush, and even if it was and you don’t like it or don’t want your kids to see it….well that’s simple DON’T WATCH IT!!! and turn on the parental controls you sniveling do gooder pussy!!! Oh and the third and final thing you said about “our culture” and our taste in entertainment. You can’t be serious. This music stems from south African culture and the only reason we Americans see it is because the internet is worldwide and this shit shocked enough people to get them talking about it, thus it’s popularity. What part of actual American culture can you point to that even comes close to a resemblance?
      dude you’re an idiot.

  23. dj hi tech is them making fun of mike tyson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9G1ra9xrU0

  24. blah blah blah why in the fuck are you people reading so much into this shit and analyzing the lyrics like some kinda do gooder censor who feels he/she has to spout their “righteous” opinion about what’s right and wrong… look people your crying and ranting won’t change a thing, so kwitcherbitchin. who fuckin’ cares it’s edgy, sounds funky, and it’s FUCKING ENTERTAINING!!! on top of all that it’s a form of art just like any other and open to the interpretation of who ever views it. so all these OPINIONS (and that’s what they are) don’t mean shit from an objective stand point.

    love always,
    REALITY

  25. It’s a good music. Good lyrics. Good taste. They pop out, you can’t deny it. It’s designed to piss off squares like the ones in these comments. I like it. I like how it pisses them off. It’s working. Every time the lame system is shaken and squares are disturbed I AM THE HAPPIEST MAN ALIVE!

  26. Or in American: “Fuck you Fuckers”

  27. Actually, the translation came from my South African boyfriend. Fuck You Motherfuckers is what it means.

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