Die Antwoord Gets Freaky at Myth in St. Paul
As the Midwest starts to swiftly cool down, Die Antwoord came all the way up to Myth Nightclub in St. Paul, MN to heat up what’s left of summer. A phenomenally talented group from South Africa, Die Antwoord is “the answer” to what is unique. This trio of singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Ninja, and DJ Hi Tek have a sound that no one could duplicate. Walking up to Myth, it was overwhelming how huge this place was, as well as how many people were flocking to it. It was assumed that the show would sell out, but this show was oversold. Impossible to move from one spot to the next, the staff struggled to keep people off of the stairwells, chairs, railings and walls. People were practically climbing on each other to get to see the stage, and it seemed dangerous if an emergency were to arise. Eager to see the full show that Die Antwoord had to offer, the packed crowd was distracting. All gripes aside, the show was about to begin. The build into this event was long. Ambient sounds and creepy tones radiated through the venue until a face appeared, Leon Botha, and the noise got louder. For those unfamiliar, it was just a freaky face. To true fans of Die Antwoord, it was their way of bringing tribute to an amazing artist and dear friend who passed in 2010. Then, DJ Hi Tek walked on stage and the crowd went nuts. Of course, he started with a song that stated “DJ Hi Tik gon’ f**k you in the ass” repeatedly until Ninja and Yo-Yandi arrived. Die Antwoord brought an instant energy that did nothing but build the entire night. They played huge hits like “Pitbull Terrier.” Ninja put on the iconic mask from the song’s music video and proceeded to crowd surf. When they played “Rich Bitch,” Yo-Landi had her own personal twerk dancer on stage to wow the crowd. The dancers at this show were phenomenal, took the word twerk to an entirely different level, and brought a true African style to their dance. Once “Evil Boy” started, a giant blow up Evil Boy with a member larger than his entire body expanded on stage and stuck around for the rest of the show. Die Antwoord’s stage presence is truly rap-rave. DJ Hi Tek shined with each drop and he was extremely versatile, transitioning from 90’s- style trance to dubstep. The diverse crowd of rap lovers, creepy goth kids, and kandi ravers were all uniquely satisfied throughout the night. As the show continued, Ninja and Yo-Landi showed off their Zef style by romping around stage in nothing but their underwear, still accompanied by dancers. Ninja’s raps were true to their style and declared that they were going to do what they wanted, disregarding anyone’s rules. The group closed out the show with an incredible version of “Enter the Ninja,” when Ninja and Yo-Landi’s daughter Sixteen joined them on stage for a choreographed dance. The entire show was an amazing journey that never got old. Some people follow Phish across the country on their tours, this writer might start following Die Antwoord.