Detroit rapper Daniel Dewan Sewell popularly known as Danny Brown during an appearance on the podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cave, said that the South African Afrikaans rapper, Ninja sexually assaulted him in Paris by sitting on his lap and attempting to kiss him.
In the interview, Brown alleged that Ninja who is the lead rapper of the group Die Antwoord tried setting him up with his female group member and girlfriend Yolandi being used as bait to seduce Brown into sleeping with Ninja.
The n***a was sitting on my lap trying to make out with me, and it freaked me out,” Brown said. “I played this show and then my DJ had an afterparty. [Ninja] tried to put it on you with Yolandi [the fellow member of Die Antwoord] like, ‘You know what I’m saying? My b***h ready to…’”
Brown later said that Ninja asked what hotel he was staying in, to which Brown refused to share. Instead of taking Brown’s no for an answer, Ninja allegedly responded, “‘Don’t worry, I’ll find you.’” “That’s what started making me pound drinks because I’m like, ‘I might have to stab this n***a tonight,” Brown continued. “Because if this n***a knock on my hotel room door, bro, it’s gonna be a big deal.”
Die Antwoord is a South African alternative hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008 and made up of male lead vocalist Ninja and female counterpart Yolandi.
Die Antwoord’s male vocalist, Watkin Tudor “Ninja” Jones, was part of the South African hip-hop scene for many years, fronting acts such as The Original Evergreen, MaxNormal.TV and The Constructus Corporation. Their debut album $O$ relates to their earlier work, specifically Good Morning South Africa.
They made it to international success in the US after their video for the single ‘I Fink You Freaky‘ went viral on several music stations in 2013.
They have been very controversial since their rise to stardom due to their eclectic style and use of shock value in both their lyrics and videos. At one point the duo were accused of appropriating Lady Gaga‘s style and this led to a feud between the duo and Gaga.
Brown isn’t the only person making allegations towards Ninja. In 2019, Australian artist Zhenai Sparkes accused the South African artist of sexually assaulting her in 2013. Also in 2019, Dionna Dal Monte said that Ninja sexually assaulted her in 2014.