Well, I guess we can stop blaming Interscope for something. Die Antwoord
has officially divorced the label over creative differences concerning their new album TEN$ION
. If it only had to do with the normal creative differences, like lead singles and string arrangements. Die Antwoord turned down a million dollars to keep a few choice phrases in their "music," including considerable amounts of words beginning with F and ending with lawsuits.
The band now plans to release their new album via their new label Zef Recordz, and are struggling to release the video they made for first single "FOK JULLE NAAIERS," and it's legitimately terrifying and the worst. Mostly because of what DJ Hi-Tek will do. I'll give you a hint; you might have trouble walking.
Remember. Cannot be unseen. Cannot be unheard. APPROACH WITH CAUTION. SOMEHOW ADULTS MADE THIS.
The "video" of their first "single."
An interview explaining the split.
If you've completely lost your mind as well, you can download the song here
There was a time when Die Antwoord had a few things going for them—a good amount of buzz, doing something perceived as different, and a slightly edgy disposition based on a few unique, workable tent-poles: grossness, big beats, and "zef" style rapping (4 tha kids!). These are the off-kilter things that made them internet-famous, and won them money from an actual group of adults trying to make more money and definitely weren't on a lot of heroine.
But how does this pass as art anymore? The intersection of shock value, fame, and valuable creativity has always been a tough sea to navigate, especially considering how edgy our favorite "classic rock" stuff seemed to our parents and how tame it seems to us now. But I'm sorry, there is a big difference between mentioning free love and drug abuse in your devil's music (via metaphor), and straight up telling the audience you are going to anally rape them. I bet even even Tyler The Creator winces when he watches this.
It's shit like this that makes me go with "lose my hearing" in every game of 'Would You Rather?', no matter what the other option is.
"Would you rather lose your hearing, or have a lifetime supply of pizza/rainbows?"
"Is Die Antwoord still making music?"