If you caught their performance of “I Fink you Freeky”on The Late Show with David Letterman, what you saw was a taste of what’s to come for this fresh South African rap-rave Zef (Zef is fused hip-hop, electro, and rave music that’s also a South African cultural thing. It’s like poor, but stylish and modern… like the kid with the faded yellow JNCO jersey you bought weed from in high school.) group. Consisting of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek (who I assume produced the Mortal Kombat theme song, but don’t quote me), this group brings beats that are hard and lyrics that make almost no sense to Americans (lyrics are in Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English), but are catchy to say the least. Oh yeah, and David Choe is good friends and sometimes fills in as the live drummer.
Do I find Yo-Landi attractive? Yes, no, maybe, yeah probably… in a very David Lynch-ey kind of way. Just look deep into those black contacts and observe the high ridden straight bang mullet. Yes. Is her voice really that mousy? It appears so. I’d just hate to wake up in the middle of the night to relieve myself, walk across the hall and see her standing there lifelessly at the end of it. I would probably scream like a girl, dash back into my room, grab a rosary and become super religious. And, as much as I want to say that Ninja is a trashy looking dude with a flat-top mullet, catfish ‘stache and horrible tattoos—who always wears novelty Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Boxer shorts (only)—the dude has some serious moves and lyrics. I mean check out his weird arm flails in the video above. I wish I could be that confident in my not-giving-a-fuck-ness. His rhyming style is hard to pinpoint, but it’s fluent like a foreign language.
Their first mainstream hit off of their album $0$ was “Enter the Ninja.” I wasn’t a fan of Dance Dance Revolution, but apparently the chorus is a sample from the dance/seizure inducing techno game (I also found an alarm clock of a flower and dances to this song in Chinatown). The group followed $0$ with Ten$ion, which upon my first listen, was raunchy, dark, real weird (like “hey man, let’s get weird tonight” kind of weird), and had an undertone of what the kids call the dark carnival kinda vibe. Basically, it’s ICP for the non-ICP lover with a completely different clientele of dance music and hip-hop lovers. The track “U Make a Ninja Wanna Fuck” even has a recurring juke vibe to it.