Die Antwoord – “Ten$ion”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 Once more, we’re back with Die Antwoord – and this is their second album following “$O$” and a limited edition version on vinyl, so what the hey, I like Die Antwoord and I like vinyl.

 So, the album opens with the song “Never Le Nkemise Pt. 1” – and it’s mostly an instrumental besides the small bit of Afrikaans vocals, and then Ninja having his little rap in the song. It does pick up some, and it’s alright, it’s not one of my favorite Die Antwoord songs, the musicianship is good though. After that comes one of my more favorite Die Antwoord tracks, “I Fink U Freeky” – which starts off with Yolandi singing, and some pretty good beats going on in the back. Die Antwoord’s music has really good beats, and the vocals are really good too – I especially like this song for it’s beat. It slows down for a moment and then Ninja comes in with his amazing rap part, and this part is what really makes this whole song, it starts to pick up speed and this guy just hits all the right notes, and everything is absolutely perfect. After that comes a little 9 second skit titled “Pielie” and it’s in Afrikaans – anywho, “Hey Sexy” comes next, and it’s Ninja rapping, really bassy. Yolandi comes in, and she too, raps, and it’s pretty good, I just mainly love the beats on most of their songs when I can’t really understand their vocals. Then after that we go onto another personal favorite of mine “Fatty Boom Boom” – and immediately, the beat and vocals are off the wall intense! Yolandi begins the song, and then Ninja comes in and his rap lyrics are intense, “Nowadays, all these rappers sound exactly the same – it’s like one big inbred fuck-fest, no I do not wanna stop, collaborate or listen” – right there is the one line that ultimately narrates 98% of todays rap music and it’s spot on, these two are the truest form of rap music. This is rap music I can listen to and enjoy. There is then an interlude titled “Zefside Zol” which reminds me of that rap Andy Milonakis does at the end of the movie “Waiting…” – I think it’s the same beat maybe? The A-Side closes with another one of my favorite Die Antwoord songs, “So What?” – which just is an intense rap from these two documenting their rise to fame, and well, it’s perfect. Ninja’s vocals and lyrics are great, Yolandi coming in to compliment his vocals are great. This song is a pretty great one, I like everything about it, even that part when Yolandi is all like “oh my god, oh my god, oh, oh my god” – and the fact they name drop Neill Blomkamp a lot.

 The B-Side opens with skit “Uncle Jimmy” and it’s just kind of odd and creepy. BUT then we go onto my favorite Die Antwoord track “Baby’s On Fire” and from the opening beats, to Yolandi saying ‘boom’ and the overall lyrics are just great. Once more they name drop Neill, and I love the lyrics and the little rhymes they have in their raps. It’s really great. Absolutely great song. “U Make Ninja Wanna Fuck” comes next, and well, it says the song title quite a few times, and the lyrics and raps are kind of reminiscent of an early Eminem – but not really, just the speed of the rap I guess? It’s a good song, other than the fact that Ninja raps the title over and over. Then there is a little sung part, by a girl, who I don’t think is Yolandi singing “smack my chest” and then Ninja quotes Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” and it’s kind of really great! “Fok Julle Naaiers” comes next, and I believe the title in English meant “fuck you…” something, I don’t remember, but the beat on this track is pretty good, the vocals are kind of repetitive when Yolandi is singing, Ninja comes in dropping the f-bomb a whole bunch, and he goes off into a rap – and it’s pretty good. This is a good song overall though. “DJ Hi-Tek Rulez” comes next, and well, it’s basically “DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass” a few times, and quite a few drops of the word ‘faggot‘ it’s not really the best song, it’s actually kind of annoying. The album ends with “Never Le Nkemise Pt. 2” and it’s minimal trance music, but it’s actually so good, I absolutely love this as an ending track to this album, it’s fantastic! This minimal trance / techno stuff is really great, and the beats these two have is off the wall insane.

Interesting Facts:
Limited Pressing.

Track Listing:
A1 – Never Le Nkemise Pt. 1
A2 – I Fink U Freeky
A3 – Pielie (Skit)
A4 – Hey Sexy
A5 – Fatty Boom Boom
A6 – Zefside Zol (Interlude)
A7 – So What?

B1 – Uncle Jimmy (Skit)
B2 – Baby’s On Fire
B3 – U Make A Ninja Wanna Fuck
B4 – Fok Julle Naaiers
B5 – DJ Hi-Tek Rulez
B6 – Never Le Nkemise Pt. 2

Zef Recordz

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Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Vocals – Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Uncle Jimmy & DJ Hi-Tek
Backing Vocals – Zwaai, Zimi, KimPossible, Donnie & Kamal Sacranie
Producers – Ninja, DJ Hi-Tek, Yolandi Visser
Grappie Deut – Leon Du Toit
Electric Guitar – Louwtjie Rothman
Percussion – Barry Van Zyl
Vocal Clip on “Fatty Boom Boom” – Slap Chip
Giggie – Uncle Neville
Recorded & Mixed by DJ Hi-Tek
Mastered by Matthew De Nobrega
Photography – Ross Garrett
Design – Poesbek

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