Playing tracks by
Kraftwerk and Kraftwer.
It's come to my attention that a lot of people still aren't up on Kraftwerk. This group of steely Germans was the most important and influential mainland European music act of the 20th century, period. (I am prepared to go to the mat over this statement.) Without them, there would be no techno, no synth pop, no new wave, and most importantly NO HIP-HOP. Just take a moment to imagine how different the world would be with no hip hop.
Ok so now that you're done with that little mental exercise, I know a fair chunk of you (those who aren't already familiar with the story) are like "WAIT A SECOND CHRISSY, what the hell do a bunch of square-ass Teutonic stiffs have to do with hip hop?" Well here's the short version:
Square-ass Teutonic stiffs start out as proggy art-rock band, get into electronics, start making their own instruments and by 1974 are making super-rigid 100% electronic pop tunes. By... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2009/10/week-19-kraftwerk.html)