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The incredible interweb hype surrounding Die Antwoord’s breakout Enter the Ninja video (closing in on 8 million views) has led to a five-album Interscope deal, beginning with this reissue of last year’s online full-length. It’s more a compendium of Die Antwoord highlights than a new album, although the new Diplo-produced single Evil Boy (featuring another outlandish video) points to the band’s potential to tap into multiple demographics (club-pop-rap) simultaneously. The South African rave-rap crew is onto something. Its beats pack major punch, Ninja’s rhymes have a perfect mix of hardcore conviction and deadpan ridiculousness (just call him the new Eminem), while female foil Yo-Landi does the sexed-up, fashion-forward tough-girl like nobody’s business. While they borrow from everywhere, Die Antwoord are freaky fresh, and bound to be huge.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Podworthy: Evil Boy
You can check out this review over on the MontrealGazette.com website.