$0$

comment
music_cd_dieantwood_cmyk.jpg
$0$
Composer: Die Antwoord
Conductor: Die Antwoord
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Release Date: 2010-10-27
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

Die Antwoord sound like they come from a place that’s a lot farther away than South Africa. On its debut album, the Cape Town trio spins hip-hop into a frothy blend of futuristic electro beats, outer-space bips and bleeps, and old-school boasting rhymes from a guy named Ninja. $0$ isn’t so much an album of songs as it is a collection of random ideas about what rap music might sound like on Mars. It’s scary, exhilarating, and at times downright baffling. And there’s no better intro to this freaked-out corner of the galaxy than opener “In Your Face,” where DJ Hi-Tek’s stomping beat occasionally stops for wordy rhymes that skitter between English and Afrikaans. In “Enter the Ninja,” chipmunk-voiced Yo-landi Vi$$er’s chorus (“I am your butterfly ... Be my samurai”) rubs harshly against Ninja’s speed rhymes. “Yo, what the fuck are you saying?” Yo-landi asks at one point. We have no idea, but you’ve never heard anything like it.

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.