The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
So, I first got introduced to the music of Die Antwoord through their appearance in the movie “Chappie” (which is a really good movie by the way.) and after seeing the movie, I started checking out their songs, and one thing lead to another, here I am, with their debut album – on vinyl.
So, the album opens with the track “In Your Face” which opens with some weird audio, sounds like kids talking and then the music comes in, and Ninja begins to rap. After Ninja does his little intro Yolandi begins to rap, and this girl can really dish out those beats, she’s pretty good. These two are pretty great. After that we go onto the track “Enter the Ninja” which is actually like one of my favorite Die Antwoord tracks, and kind of their anthem. Immediately from the music, to Yolandi’s vocals, the song is absolutely fantastic. Ninja’s rap is tight too. This guy has some mad rhymes and just let’s it all out, these two absolutely rock. Then comes Ninja’s little spoken word part “Fuck, this is like the coolest song I ever heard in my whole life. Fuck all of you who said I wouldn’t make it, who said I was a loser. They said I was a no-one, they said I was a fuckin’ psycho, but look at me now: All up on the interweb” and it makes the song at least 10 times cooler. The A-Side closes with “Wat Kyk Jy?” which I really don’t know what is being sung and rapped, but apparently the title translates to “What are you looking at?” and with the really good beat, and the way the vocals are performed, it makes sense. Anyways, it’s a good song, and I like it.
The B-Side opens with the song “Evil Boy” which is half sung in Afrikaans, and half in English. They got mad beats and great rhymes, “everyone go ‘whooaaa’ like a Thunder cat!” – I love that line. Now we got Yolandi’s rap part, and she is pretty great at what she does, it’s really great. Then comes Yolandi’s rap, “Rich Bitch” and it’s a good track, it has a good beat, and Yolandi has some great lyrics. After that the track “Fish Paste” and Ninja lets out some more mad rhymes while Yolandi supports him on the backing vocals, the beat is pretty great too. I’m loving this album so far. The B-Side closes with “$copie” and I love Yolandi’s intro, she has a really good voice, I’m really, really fond of her voice, then Ninja begins to rap, and he just goes with these crazy ass raps, and the beat is always good in all their songs.
The C-Side opens with “Beat Boy” which also starts off with Ninja addressing DJ Hi-Tek to drop the beat, then Ninja begins to rap, and then Yolandi comes around with the chorus, and it’s honestly my favorite thing ever. Just this entire intro to the song is great. The song is actually so good because it has a great beat, the vocals and lyrics are fantastic, plus the lyrics actually tell some sort of weird story, and it’s a weird one. The C-Side closes with the song “She Makes Me a Killer” and Ninja just goes right into it with this song, and there is some weird spoken word parts by a girl named ‘Sophie’ – but hey, the beat and the rap is good. I like how some of the female parts are sung by Ninja, and then it goes on with the rap. It’s a pretty good track.
The D-Side is the song “Doos Drunk” which is more or less sung, and not really rapped, but it’s sung like they are drunk, and the chorus is more like a viking choir. It’s different. I do love these two though. They’re so creative and unique with their lyrics. After that, the album closes with the hidden title track instrumental piece “$O$” and it’s alright, I prefer when they rap and sing, it’s much better.
A1 – In Your Face
A2 – Enter the Ninja
A3 – Wat Kyk Jy?
B1 – Evil Boy
B2 – Rich Bitch
B3 – Fish Paste
B4 – $copie
C1 – Beat Boy
C2 – She Makes Me a Killer
D1 – Doos Drunk
D2 – $O$ (Hidden track starting 8:52 into “Doos Drunk”)
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