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My Year of Mixtapes Week 19, Part 2: Kraftwerk's Influence on the Rest of Us

My Year of Mixtapes Week 19, Part 2: Kraftwerk's Influence on the Rest of Us

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B.O.S.E., Mc ade, 6BLOCC, Techmaster P.E.B., Frank De Wulf presents B-Sides Vol. 1 and more.

...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 1977, said pop tunes have been picked up by New York disco DJs, who were always hunting for something new and different and odd and pulsating and yadda yadda yadda. Among these were the first wave of hip hop DJs (Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, etc.), who absolutely ate the stuff up. As Detroit techno legend Carl Craig said, "Kraftwerk were so stiff, they were funky."

So thanks to Kraftwerk (and others, don't get me wrong), you suddenly had a sea-change in the fledgling hip hop... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2009/10/week-19-kraftwerk.html)

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