die antwoord & max normal

boing boing (who hipped me to Die Antwoord in the first place) did a great follow up piece on the South African musicians. Oddly though, they don’t mention the most interesting fact (to me anyway) made clear in their research, which is that Die Antwoord is some kind of fake/satirical act. You can see the main rapper from Die Antwoord as his older incarnation, Max Normal, in the video above. Personally this doesn’t really change anything for me- I still think Die Antwoord is awesome, and a South African pretending to be a crazy chav rapper isn’t really less exotic to me than an actual crazy South African chav rapper. But, it does validate my suspicions about the group (didn’t their image seem a little too perfect? didn’t the hi-def videos seem unlikely?). Still….. I’m gonna hear the album when I get the chance.


3 Responses to “die antwoord & max normal”

  1. 1 rob
    February 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

    whoaaa… this whole thing is so confusing!

    but yeah, the production values for basically everything: the music, the videos, the art direction (that crazy avant garde room with all the faces tagged on).

    the whole chav gangster thing may not be his original image, but i wonder if they lied about the backstory too. like, living in a poor neighborhood with their parents and all that and being so poor that they are happy just to own a pc computer.

    if that’s the case they must’ve just been discovered by someone (stewart ridgeway) who was a talented director and knew how to spruce up their image.

    there’s also this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRy6pBpwVbk

    i’ll still think they’re pretty awesome either way, but especially if they actually are poor and talented.

  2. 2 rob
    February 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    the production values for everything were way to high is what i meant to say.

  3. 3 rob
    February 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    arrrrghhh. too*** high.

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