Review: Die Antwoord, “$O$”

Die Antwoord, $O$
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Die Antwoord’s much-hyped $O$ debut is bound to disappoint casual listeners turned off by the jackhammer rave beats of “Wat Kyk Jy?” and Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$ser’s quirky Afrikaans slang. But a closer listen to this surprisingly entertaining album will yield rewards. Yo-Landi drops some brutally funny sex rhymes on “Evil Boy,” while Ninja imbues “She Makes Me a Killer” and “Beat Boy” with shocking twists worthy of Eminem and Dizzee Rascal. Despite a brash and divisive image that recalls Prodigy in its glory years, Die Antwoord is really taking aim at youth culture, which it parodies in broadly irreverent fashion.

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