Shit's going down tonight at The Cannery Ballroom, I reckon. We've already talked plenty about headliners Die Antwoord and their plans to make a movie with Harmony Korine. And if you've ever read this blog before, you know a little bit about JEFF the Brotherhood, who gave us an MP3 from a new album of theirs that's out early next year. You know who else has an album coming out early next year? Rye Rye.
It's her debut record — seems a long time coming, since it's been three years since Rye Rye turned a bunch of heads with the schoolyard swagger showcased in "Shake It to the Ground," her collaboration with Blaqstarr. (Then again, she was, what, 16?) She had apparently never heard of M.I.A. or Diplo when she met them, but soon became a protege, touring with M.I.A., signing to her N.E.E.T. imprint and taking on some of her style (bright colors, wild prints, etc.). Anyway, I, for one, am looking forward to seeing her (finally), after missing her opening slot on the Kala tour and subsequently seeing her name appear and disappear from various lineups over the past few years. Here's D.P.R. on the zef side:
Imagine a land in which government-sanctioned racial segregation existed until the 1990s. Now imagine that, within that land, racial tension, relative national insularity and Western influence created a cultural movement by the name of Zef — a movement that focused on low-income social mores and a mish-mash of racial stereotypes. Now imagine that from that movement came a musical group — a hip-hop group, naturally — that was so outrageously caricatured that listeners across the globe had no idea whether or not these people were for real. Well, imagine no longer, because they're real ... well, they really exist, that is, whether or not they're being intentionally satirical. Their name is Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for "The Answer"), and they hail from South Africa, where Zef culture seems to have become something of a phenomenon. You might say Zef fans land somewhere between the American Juggalos and the British chavs etiquette- and appearance-wise, but one thing's certain: Die Antwoord's frontman, who goes by the name Ninja in this project, can spit white-hot fire that's as frequently indecipherable as it is fascinating and hilarious. Not to mention his female sidekick Yolandi Vi$$er's strangely sexy mullet. Looking for a spectacle? You got one. It's no surprise we hear they'll hook up with Harmony Korine for a project while in town. Baltimore-based M.I.A. protege Rye Rye appears in support.
9 p.m. at The Cannery Ballroom. This one will cost you $20, but something tells me it'll be worth it.