Die Antwoord have dropped another taste of their new forthcoming new album, Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid. “Fat Faded Fuck Face” is no where near as hard hitting as previous single “Banana Brain”, but it still has all the zef style for which the South African duo is known.
Over a minimal, stoned-out beat, Ninja drops drowsy bars after drowsy bar of heavy, often ridiculous disses. “Something crawled up your anus/ Died, that’s why your face is/ So fucked up,” Ninja raps during the hook. Yolandi Visser, meanwhile, takes on the role of abrasive, in-your-face antagonist, spending most of the song spitting out background bile. Check it out above.
Along with the new track comes some potentially bad news for Die Antwoord diehards: the band has seemingly set an expiration for September of 2017. “Die Antwoord dies on that day,” Ninja told Exclaim about the potential disbandment. “It’s all over. I feel beautiful about it. I’m not scared of the end. I’m a Ninja. I’m not scared of death.” Update: Visser has confirmed via Instagram that the group is not in fact breaking up.
Of course, the pair are noted tricksters, so this could all be one big misdirect. If they are going out, however, they’ll make sure to do so with a bang. Later this year they’ll throw an art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Modern Art Africa in Cape Town featuring the work of photographer Roger Ballen. “We want Roger Ballen to present us, ‘cos of all the influences we have, he’s pretty much hands-down number one,” Ninja explained, adding they refused to do the show without him. “He’s the one who spawned us. We are literally like his disciples, his visual disciples. We make music, he does visuals. We’re his children. He’s like our art master. He took the first ever photograph of us.”
Following that, Die Antwoord’s long-in-the-works film South African Ninja will finally see release. Though the film is a fiction, Ninja said the “hard and raw” production parallels the band’s own career in a “surreal” way. “That’s been our well that we’ve been drinking from and drawing from since the beginning of Die Antwoord. We actually started writing it before Die Antwoord. So, it’s been in the background for all of our ideas, which have all come from this film. It’s a South African gangster film that has African ninjas in it.”
We’ll have to wait and see if 2017 really brings the end of Die Antwoord. For now, look forward to Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid on September 16th and catch the duo on tour on these dates. There are also still two days to win tickets to their San Francisco show with Crystal Castles, so enter here.