South African freak-rap trio Die Antwoord premiered their new video for "I Fink U Freeky," off second album, Ten$ion, yesterday, and it's just as weird, if not weirder, than their previous efforts.
Looking like the unholy spawn of Tim & Eric and David Lynch, the black-and-white video features a grimy, Pauly D-coiffed Ninja (which sounds a lot tougher than Watkin Tudor Jones) rapping and dancing in his underwear, and Yo-Landi Vi$$er giving a shout-out to "sexy boys, fancy boys, playboys, bad boys," as DJ Hi-Tek pumps out his club-ready techno beats. The group's trademark trailer-trash, or "zef," style is prominently represented by rats and dirty, creepy kids (including a snake-draped cameo from Ninja and Yo-Landi's daughter, Sixteen), but there's also a dead lion, snakes, paper clothes, and a kid with a small elephant trunk for a nose. In other words, par for the course for the Cape Town oddballs.
Die Antwoord (who are recording on their own label, ZEF Records, after leaving Interscope) are quietly blowing up, getting ready to tour the U.S. and Canada before heading off to Australia's Future Music Festival, where they will perform with Skrillex and Fatboy Slim. They were recently tapped by fashion designer Alexander Wang to be a part of his spring campaign, and they're planning a feature film called The Answer, described as "a high energy, totally next level, rap-rave feature film…[akin to] District 9, but just with more rave and more rap."