The lead vocalist of South African rap combo Die Antwood says the band’s latest angry song shouldn’t offend people with its ‘faggot’ lyrics… because the words are spoken by DJ Hi-Tek, who is gay himself.
The song Fok Julle Naaiers from the band’s new album Ten$ion contains the lyric: ‘DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass / you can’t touch me faggot / you’re not man enough.’
“Our manager Tony in LA was a little concerned that some of the words we use in the video would upset some people in the USA – especially DJ Hi-Tek’s use of the word ‘faggot’,” explains Die Antwood’s lead vocalist Ninja in a video which seeks to preempts any controversy which may be created.
“DJ Hi-Tek is gay,” he explains, “so there you go, now you all know.”
Ninja adds: “Hi-Tek says the word faggot doesn’t hold any power over him. Hi-Tek says faggot all the time. He’s taken that word and made it his bitch.
“Just to be fucken’ clear – Die Antwood are not homophobic. Some of my tightest homies are gay, like for instance DJ Hi-Tek, who happens to be one of my best friends in the entire universe.”
Some people in America are very sensitive to certain words, but South Africans take a more relaxed view, he concludes.
The situation has meant the band, who visited Australia for this year’s Big Gay Out, has now split from its record label Interscope Records, and must release their latest album independently.
Take a look at Ninja’s pre-emptive faggot lyric explanation below, and marvel at his artful little doll collection and striking tattoo…
So what’s all the fuss about? Listen for yourself – here’s Die Antwood’s latest song Fok Julle Naaiers, which loosely translates from Afrikaans to English as “Fuck All Your Fucked Things”:
What do you think? Just because one particular gay guy isn’t bothered by a certain word, does that mean he shouldn’t be mindful of others’ concerns?
Are DJ Hi-Tek’s lyrics OK because he’s gay? Let us know below…