$O$

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$O$
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Studio album by
Released12 October 2010[1]
Recorded2008-2009
GenreAlternative hip hop, rave
Length68:03 (original release)
LabelIndie/Cherrytree (re-release)
ProducerDJ Hi-Tek
Diplo ("Evil Boy" on re-release)
Die Antwoord chronology
$O$
(2010)
5
(2010)
Singles from $O$
  1. "Wat Pomp?"
    Released: 6 June 2009
  2. "Beat Boy"
    Released: 2009/10
  3. "Enter the Ninja"
    Released: 9 August 2010
  4. "Fish Paste"
    Released: 2010
  5. "Evil Boy"
    Released: 28 September 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(69/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
One Thirty BPM(87%)[4]
Pitchfork Media(5.5/10)[5]
Robert ChristgauA−[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Spin(7/10)[8]
The A.V. ClubB[9]
NME(5/10)[10]

$O$ 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 6 June 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 9 August 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 19 September 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.[11][12] 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.[13]

In an interview with Xeni Jardin, Ninja mentioned that he considered the album to be the first in a five-album plan.[14]

Track listings[edit]

Digital release
No.TitleLength
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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 109
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[19] 21
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[20] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "$O$ - Die Antwoord | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Reviews for $O$ by Die Antwoord". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  3. ^ "$O$ Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  4. ^ McMullen, Chase (13 October 2010). "$O$ Review". One Thirty BPM. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  5. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (20 October 2010). "$O$ Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Die Antwoord Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian (12 October 2010). "$O$ Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  8. ^ "$O$ Review". Spin. Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  9. ^ Hyden, Steven (12 October 2010). "$O$ Review". Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  10. ^ "$O$ Review". NME. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  11. ^ Coetzer, Diane. "Die Antwoord Confirm Interscope Album Details". Billboard.com. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  12. ^ Phillips, Amy (2010-09-10). "Die Antwoord Unleash Interscope Debut LP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Die Antwoord - $O$ (File, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  14. ^ Jardin, Xeni (12 March 2010). "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.
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - $O$ by Die Antwoord". Apple, Inc (US Store). 12 October 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Die Antwoord Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Die Antwoord Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  18. ^ "Die Antwoord Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  19. ^ "Die Antwoord Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  20. ^ "Die Antwoord Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2010.