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From Kraftwerk to Hip-Hop

by Mosi Reeves

From Kraftwerk to Hip-Hop

About this playlist

Kraftwerk wielded an enormous influence on the early years of rap music, particularly during the electro-rap era of the early '80s. You may know about Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and its sampling of "Trans-Europe Express" and "Numbers." But this playlist hints at how pervasive the German electronic pioneers' sounds were then, from World Class Wreckin' Cru's Dr. Dre quoting "Tour De France" on "Surgery" to the Fearless Four using "The Man Machine" on "Rockin It." Relatively newer artists have used Kraftwerk sounds, too, including Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek ("It's Alright"), Busta Rhymes and Pharrell Williams ("Light Your Ass On Fire"), J Dilla ("BBE (Big Booty Express)") and Timbaland ("Bounce").

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