The duo, who sold 26,000 copies of their debut Interscope LP $O$, reportedly called it quits when conversations began about making their music more mainstream-friendly.
“So anyway. Interscope offered us a bunch of money again to release our new album TEN$ION. But this time, they also tried to get involved with our music, to try and make us sound like everyone else out there at the moment.
So we said: ‘U know what, rather hang on to your money, buy yourself something nice…we gonna do our own thing. Bye bye,” wrote the rappers on their online diary.
Record executives were also allegedly not happy with Die Antwoord’s choice for the album’s first single, F*k Julle Naaiers, deeming it “too hard”.
A representative at Interscope told Billboard.biz yesterday that the label is still “currently in discussions” with the pair.
Die Antwoord’s new album, Ten$ion will now be released on their new independent label, Zef Records in January 2012.
Cape Town rappers Die Antwoord will help visual artist Anton Kannemeyer to open his solo
exhibition After the Barbarians in the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York
on October 13.
Kannemeyer’s new work includes pen and ink drawings,
lithographs and two large paintings of Die Antwoord’s Yo-Landi Vi$$er and
After the opening of the exhibition, Die Antwoord will perform for
guests at the Ace Hotel in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan.
Die Antwoord – Enter The Ninja music video, from the $o$ album. More at http://www.dieantwoord.com
Directed by NINJA and Rob Malpage