"When I was boy, I wanted to be a ninja. Now I'm a man and I'm a ninja," frontman (you guessed it) Ninja rapped to the crowd.
All three group members -- Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, friends since"forever" -- appeared in matching warm-up suits, with the tall lanky Ninja eventually stripping down to his all too familiar and now-trademark Pink Floyd boxers for most of the set. The trio, whose name translates from "the answer" in their native Afrikaans, commanded the stage like pros, rushing the audience from every direction. Early on in the set, they tore through their entertaining viral hits, like 'Enter the Ninja' with its painfully catchy "Aai aai aai/ I am a butterfly" refrain, delivered by its sole female in a nymph-like pitch.
"Yo, DJ Hi-Tek drop the Motherf---in' beatbox dog," Ninja screamed into the mike, sending the crowd roaring, on their all too familiar intro to 'Zef Side.' But despite Die Antwoord's two YouTube favorites, the group's two MCs seemed most comfortable when trading off on freestyles and verses on tracks still unfamiliar to the crowd. Quite possibly the most softly-hyped headliner at the festival, Die Antwoord had the most to prove of any artist playing Coachella 2010 -- and by God did they do it! For fans in the U.S., their following has now become much more than viral.