We’ll soon find out if Die Antwoord’s next album will be their last. Last September, Ninja told Exclaim! that in one year’s time, the South African rave rap duo would be calling it quits. “Die Antwoord dies on that day,” he said. “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.“
On Tuesday, Die Antwoord revealed that their next album will be called The Book of Zef. An email from the group’s publicist called it their “final album,” which contradicts an earlier Instagram post from Yolandi Visser, in which she claimed that the group has no intention of splitting up.
"Die Antwoord is not breaking up. The journalist ‘Daryl Keating’ who wrote an article stating that we are breaking up totally twisted our words an[d] took what we said completely out of content with his latest article,” she said of the Exclaim! piece.
So what does one of the most unique creative forces in music have in store for us if they’re not knocking out albums? The group will “continue to create in musical spheres and otherwise, chasing directorial dreams, releasing a movie, touring, whatever it feels like,” according to a recent profile in Billboard.
“Music is the reason I get up in the morning, I fucking love it, but sometimes it’s cool to turn something into a limited edition experience,” Ninja said. “It’s quite magnificent if you can put out five fucking strong albums … We just wanna say 'those are those five Die Antwoord albums, and they never lost their erection.'”
That kind of unbridled enthusiasm is all over their new album’s lead single “Love Drug,” which combines their trademark rapid-fire wordplay over a Technicolor beat. The accompanying lyric video is an acid trip waiting to happen but you’ll probably want to save the drugs for the extensive world tour they just announced. Just kidding, don’t do drugs. Unless you really want to.
Watch the video for “Love Drug” below.