$O$ (Die Antwoord album)

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$O$
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Studio album by Die Antwoord
Released 2009 (2009)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Alternative hip hop, rave
Length 68:03 (original release)
Label Indie/Cherrytree (re-release)
Producer DJ Hi-Tek
Diplo ("Evil Boy" on re-release)
Die Antwoord chronology
$O$
(2009)
5
(2010)
Singles from $O$
  1. "Wat Pomp?"
    Released: June 6, 2009
  2. "Beat Boy"
    Released: 2009/10
  3. "Enter the Ninja"
    Released: August 9, 2010
  4. "Fish Paste"
    Released: 2010
  5. "Evil Boy"
    Released: September 28, 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (69/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
One Thirty BPM (87%)[3]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Spin (7/10)[7]
The A.V. Club B[8]
NME (5/10)[9]

$O$ is the debut album by South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord. The album was initially a widely circulated internet-only release, and made available to stream for free on the band's website prior to Interscope Records signing the band. The song "Wat Pomp?" had a music video released on June 6, 2009, followed by "Enter the Ninja" (a track with previous exposure as a viral video on YouTube and other video-hosting services), which received an official release on August 9, 2010. "Fish Paste" and "Beat Boy" have also been released as promotional singles. "Enter the Ninja" debuted at #37 in the UK Music Charts on September 19, 2010.

Following the group's signing to Interscope in the US, it was announced that $O$ would be re-released in physical format with a different track listing.[10][11] Diplo produced one of the new tracks on the re-release, "Evil Boy", for which a promotional video was made available on 6 October 2010. The US iTunes digital release includes the previously hidden track "$O$" separately, a bonus track "Wat Pomp?" and an alternate version of "Evil Boy" titled as "Evil Boy (F**k You In The Face Mix)" not present on US physical release.[12]

In an interview with Xeni Jardin, Ninja mentioned that he considered the album to be the first in a five-album plan.[13]

Track listings[edit]

Digital release
No. Title Length
1. "Whatever Man"   0:33
2. "Wat Kyk Jy?"   4:36
3. "Enter the Ninja"   5:08
4. "Wat Pomp" (featuring Jack Parow) 4:08
5. "Wie Maak Die Jol Vol" (featuring Knoffel Bruin, Isaac Mutant, Jaak Paarl and Scallywag) 5:08
6. "Rich Bitch"   3:32
7. "I Don't Need You"   3:57
8. "Very Fancy"   2:52
9. "Dagga Puff"   4:40
10. "My Best Friend" (featuring The Flying Dutchman aka Ne0SA) 1:19
11. "Liewe Maatjies"   3:42
12. "$copie"   3:12
13. "Beat Boy"   8:20
14. "Super Evil"   4:01
15. "Doos Dronk" (featuring Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar) 3:51
16. "$O$"   4:00
17. "Jou Ma Se Poes In'N FishPaste Jar"   4:16
18. "Orinoco Ninja Flow" (Wedding DJ's Remix) 3:27
Total length:
68:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for $O$ by Die Antwoord". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "$O$ Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ McMullen, Chase (October 13, 2010). "$O$ Review". One Thirty BPM. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (October 20, 2010). "$O$ Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Die Antwoord Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (October 12, 2010). "$O$ Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "$O$ Review". Spin. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Hyden, Steven (October 12, 2010). "$O$ Review". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "$O$ Review". NME. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Coetzer, Diane. "Die Antwoord Confirm Interscope Album Details". Billboard.com. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Amy (2010-09-10). "Die Antwoord Unleash Interscope Debut LP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Die Antwoord - $O$ (File, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  13. ^ Jardin, Xeni (2010-03-12). "Die Antwoord to sign with Interscope, Neill Blomkamp to direct next video". BoingBoing. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - $O$ by Die Antwoord". Apple, Inc (US Store). October 12, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2015.