"'Scuse me, I'm talking to you ma'am.....and called on the individual to save the world....
Aren't you sick of the non-biodegradable,
readily available products you're consuming?
And while I'm asking this I'm also kinda like assuming,
y'know, that every cultural revolution is sparked by an art movement."
"We have been sent to Earth....each in his own unique way....
during this dark hour
to help free the humans from the evil forces that are presently controlling them
Differentiate the holy men
From the phoney men
Only then will you see the patterns in the pandemonium.
Don't pretend it's all just gonna go away,
we here to motivate, don't be late,
coz you hold the fate of the planet in the palm of your hands."
"Make very clear distinctions between parasites and creators.....and had whimsical, science-fiction fables....
Be a creator instead of a second-hand artificial flavour.
Do not concern yourself with anyone's opinions of your methods
Save your own"
"You're travelling through an indefinite darkness,....like this delightful bedtime story, worthy of Roald Dahl....
absorbed by the gentle sentimental hum of your starship
There's always a lot of uncommon phenomena up on your monitor
All of a sudden a beautiful shot of Andromeda pops up, check it out."
"Me and my sister got this funny habit...and the sickest burn I've ever heard in rap...
Of getting busy like bunny rabbits
She's got the cutest little titties,
the tightest little butt you ever felt."
"I don't even need to hear you rap...shocking you in the middle of inspiring you...
I can tell you're crap
By your stupid mannerisms
You're the type of bitch that I used to fuck in prison.
What? Sorry. Was it, like, something I said?
It's so very easy to fuck with your head."
"Coz I'm on that African experimental gentle tripThat album became a source of energy to me, the way On The Road might be to a young guy that age, and easily my favourite album. It is called The Ziggurat and is by a South African outfit called The Constructus Corporation. The version I had (which I've lost) was one of a limited edition run of 1000, and was numbered on the inside cover. It's probably worth some money if I ever find it in my parents' attic. It is a concept album, telling the story of Random Boy and Kidtronic, two kids living in a corporate-controlled arcology in the future, playing around with virtual reality and subverting authority:
Cruise with the elements
Always keep it relevant
Meddle with your head a bit
Just for the hell of it."
"Stop looking at me funny
Look at yourself
You look stupid
Because you look like everyone else
I'm so so fresh
Like the long-life soya milk up on my shelf,
Indestructible pop terrorist"
"You can't even think of a single fresh idea on your own....and the whimsical alternate realities....
Look around, see what's hot, bite,
Regurgitate. Blurgh! Coz all your stupid fans eat vomit
Joy rider, slip-slide shiny on the outside
Siff on the inside
Now look at you, long time expired on the shelf
Why should I help you to lie to yourself?
When your enshrine mediocrity, think sloppily
Never do anything properly, copy me"
"Back-to-front bum demon! Run! He's got a bum for a face and a mouth for a bum!"....and motivation. In particular, there is a 'motivational speech' which appears on The Ziggurat as A Thousand Miles, on The Fantastic Kill as World Champion, and on Good Morning South Africa as Love Is.... I often listen to this to pump myself up. Potty humour is still present....
Funky rhymes - I got a dark selection
bottled, ready to start like my fart collection"
"I'm serious but I also need a bit of funSimilar to Crowley, Zappa, or James Joyce, Waddy Jones hits all our buttons: making us think, scandalizing us, being poignant, and then making a fart joke. This puts some people off, but fuck serious culture and fuck serious people. Waddy doesn't say stupid things because he's incapable of being smart. He is capable of being both smart and stupid, which is a broader range of capabilities than the serious-culture intellectuals. Swiss is a good example of their range. It has lyrics about the veils of the soul, and lyrics about snot.
So Ninja likes the girls who let him stick his penis up their bum"
"I'm kak-serious, bruh...and even...
I'm not as needy as you
I just need food, clothes, and shelter
Plus a little pocket-money so I don't have to ask for shit
And make art for a living til the fat bitch croaks."
"I'm gonna confiscate all your Beemers and your Benzes....in later works Waddy craves success and recognition and money....
To feed all the children
Yo move out my way
This is not just talk, bitch
I do what I say"
"I want a giant concrete fortress in a forest close to the ocean....and he's getting pretty bitter about the lack of commercial success and recognition....
that leaps up like a crystal explosion frozen in motion
Fuck being a communist stuck in a rut with no possible way out
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen but I'm ok now. "
"Supposed to be living that rap fantasy:The song Total Fuck Up is all about this theme....
chicks and tits and drinks and spliffs and arse and cars and drugs and hugs and love in tha club
Man, painted mansions,
lace panties on my face,
the finest designer vaginas
partying, partying, partying,
but I'm not even
Counting enough change here to buy the toilet paper
To wipe that look off your face
You know how we do
Dreaming 'bout the wealth and the power,
singing to myself in the shower"
"Fuck all of you who said I wouldn't make itBy 2012, in Hey Sexy, they have turned 180 degrees from wanting to confiscate your Beemers and your Benzes:
Who said I was a loser
Who said I was a no one
They said I was a fucking psycho
But look at me now
All up on the interweb
"Since we dropped zefside two years agoSo What is a happy, relaxed, at-peace celebration of having arrived at the shore of success. So's the track after it, Baby's On Fire, and the 2012 stuff in general. Whereas earlier works were about struggling to be great, to be fabulous, in 2012 they confidently assert that they have achieved greatness after years of struggle.
Freak every motherfucker who hears my flow
Know how to get the dough, know how to spend the dough
Rocking Alexander Wang from head to toe"
"This is itAnd they gloat over anyone who doubted they'd be successful:
A whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears
But it paid off, I finally made it
Here I am, living the dream "
"South Africa used to be the dwankyHere's So What:
Didn't notice me
Suddenly you're interested coz we're blowing up overseas
Making money, money, money, yes, yes, yes "
"We drop the type of beats that make you shut the fuck up and dance(Not that they weren't always esoteric before; even the Constructus Corporation work has some floor-fillers like Jellyfish. What has changed is the emphasis.) Here's what triggered this shift to more commercial music:
We drop the type of beats so good you're fucking stuck in a trance
In the overseas they like to say you're stuck in a trance
We drop the type of beats that make you fucking cum in your pants"
"I rapped for 20 years, never made a centBut it's not a total sell-out. They're still hitting on the same artistic themes as before. Some themes I didn't cover here, like psychic powers and sex, but the most important theme is that we each have the power to create a life in accordance with our artistic vision. Tik Tik Tik explores our power to shape our realities. In it, Yolandi's character leaves her family home and strikes out on her own. What life can she create? We see her take 'option A' at 2 minutes 4 seconds, where she meets a gangster and goes down a bad path. Then at 3 minutes 46 seconds, we rewind the timeline, and see how things would've unfolded when she chooses 'option B', where the gangster tries to talk to her, but she brushes him off, saying, "You smell like a Rastafarian. I don't speak to strangers, plus I'm a vegetarian."
Borrowed money from my mom to pay the rent
Now how'm I gonna get out this mess?
Yolandi shows me two stripes on the fucking piss test
Oh fuck, broke-ass Ninja gonna be a daddy
Little baby Ninja gonna need some nappies
Gave it my best shot, never pressed stop
Thank god Die moederfokken Antwoord went pop"
"You choose, you lose or you winThis theme is expressed over and over again, like in Rap Fantasy:
Choose your own adventure, option A or option B
Yes yes it's all up to you, so what's it gonna be?
You've only got one life, make sure you choose carefully
When you choose your own adventure - option A or option B
Inquisitive student of life
Or you win"
"Passion and power - the secrets of success.And in the 'motivational speech' repeated as A Thousand Miles, World Champion, and Love Is....
Passion comes from loving what you do.
Power comes from money.
But with great power comes great responsibility.
Remember: if you conceive and you believe it
You can achieve it"
"Here comes the best bit:...and...
invent your future,
then manifest it.
Keep yourself in check sir, don't forget it,
decide exactly what it is that you want
then go out and get it"
"I seen the future but I never got nothing in my handI love this image in Infinite Kif about how we can choose between alternative lives:
Except a microphone, big dreams, and a plan"
"I live on my own, like a dream come trueOne thing that makes Waddy's art so human and humane, though, is that he doesn't gloss over life's difficulties with this optimistic message. The message is that we have personal power in spite of all the bitterness and difficulty and struggle:
Who would have thought?
I'm like, "wow, this is incredible!"
All the other mes before me look into the future
With a big glow in the chest give me a round of applause"
"Sometimes it's toughRap Fantasy has plenty of bitterness and difficulty and struggle in it, and Sun on My Face paints an interesting picture of a distressed, mixed-up person who is nevertheless trying to design a new world:
And your mind is stuck
And your time is up
And your days are dark
And your friends are few
And your rent is due
And it all depends on you
Don't give up!"
"You're dealing with an alien being communicating through a human body.
Fuck the Illuminati, I'm Waddy,
a motherfucking one-man army,
they can't harm me."
Apart from the hero archetype, Waddy made other characters or personas in his art, like the way Bowie made Ziggy Stardust. There is Ninja, Rick Flare, and Max Normal, a 9-to-5 square who has a mind-opening experience and becomes a rap-prophet; his story is told is in Laf Nag. Waddy's a good mimic, and does a bunch of different voices in his vocals. There's are other fantastical bit-characters mentioned, like Eugene Terror, who I haven't quite figured out.
Waddy and Yolandi are constantly experimenting, trying out new things, in videography, in lyrics, in music, in visual art, trying to keep things "so so fresh, like the long-life soya milk up on my shelf". Check out You Are OK. Dig the way at 2 minutes 41 seconds, he says "DJ fuck cut the rapper up", and this is followed by a DJ cut-up of the rap in the song up to that point. William Burroughs would love everything about this: experimenting with time and form, while creating imaginative worlds filled with dark voodoo entities. It's fucking genius.
"All you men that keep losing sperm, what's up with that yo?
I'm on the track, fully stacked, like a thundercat. HOOO!"
"I got so much presenceThe Taoists believe that women get masculine energy from semen:
coz I stockpile my essence"
"Only a juice boostA huge theme of all Waddy's work is that art, music, rap, images, words, can turn us into new, better people, and that in turn can shape the world. When symbols create a new reality, guided by the will, there is a word for that: magick. In The Ziggurat, we get the sense that good and bad magick are fighting for the collective souls of humanity ("you hold the fate of the planet in the palm of your hands"). In later works, it's less about humanity as a whole, and more about each person as the pilot of their own life, but it's still about hypnosis and counter-hypnosis, or psychological warfare. This magick of images and music can change both our individual lives and the planet...
From my incredible edible genital protein
Will give her the power to escape these terrible savages"
"Showbiz? Just a bunch of flashy hocus-pocus.
Me? I'm still into good old-fashioned mass hypnosis"
"It's a real-life vibe-manipulator
Rocking our minds like a flight simulator"
"I specialize in mind-science,
The study of human behaviour in relation to the mind"
"Could I interest you in a little shot of neurolinguistic programming?
(Wow this beat is banging!)
Let me not leave you hanging
I got you all feeling very very lively
Bouncing around all bubbly
It might very well be something
I said that's got you all supercharged like this
Bouncing up and down like a bunch of grasshoppers
The one observing the crowd like an anthropologist
From inside this big old megalopolis
Everything I say's designed to make you feel marvellous,
So if you're not feeling this I'm not sure what the problem is."
"Lightning bolts, loop machines, brainwash amazingness
Pop terrorist, destroy all competitors
Dark nemesis, manipulate media"
"Beats banging in my head so I walk with a bump
In my own zone, my sweet reality
Got fuck all to do with your bleak reality"
"The Nazis didn't lose the war, that's a lie
No, no, they didn't lose, They just swapped sides.
Now there a lot more advanced with lot more money to spend
A lot more invisible, just like me.
F.U.C.K. T.H.E. U.S.A. G.O.V.E.R.N.M.E.N.T.
Empty vessels possessed by demons, spineless evil
Wars aren't won on the battlefield, they're won in the minds of the people"
"The mind's tricky, there's a lot of games it can playIt's easy nowadays to feel powerless in the face of a very powerful world order. Waddy's music never gives in to despair or apathy. He provides the motivation, the power, the hope that we can change the world. The reality-tunnel Waddy creates through his art is joyful, playful, sexy, funny, intellectual, sometimes macabre, and always full of hope and strength. Hot Water by The Constructus Corporation talks about sex, rap, and magick:
Tell me what's wrong, I'll make it OK
Life is a mind fuck, you can sing to the lord
But you just the result of everything you were taught
Very fancy when I do my thing to the drum
Ninja says, 'Everything you think you become'"