What is a Zef Ninja Rap Rave Crew? Can a duo from Cape Town become internationally revered with a name that means "The Answer" in Afrikaans? All will be revealed in this wee little profile on Die Antwoord, quite possibly the most perfect balance between mainstream and bat-guano crazy.
Formed in 2008, Ninja and ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER combine elements of rap and rave with a South African counterculture movement called 'Zef'.
According to Ninja, "Zef is South African underdog kind of style. Zef has been an insult for long in South Africa. It's seen as an embarrassment. The thing is, the word kind of started transforming about 10 years ago. It's kind of abstract. For me, this is what zef was born out of: Rap overtook country music. Everything became super too-fast-too-furious, WWF information overload. And you're sitting in this little fishing village in the bottom of the world, and it feels like almost like an apocalyptic wasteland. It's like, kind of bad, but kind of like this apocalyptic debris that we've stuck together. People say trashy; it's not really trashy. It's not having money, but still fokken having style. So we kind of embraced that."
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