Kraftwerk formed in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1970. Drawing inspiration from Detroit punk bands like MC5, the group created their own wildly inventive sound birthing electronic music in the process. Two guys from Dusseldorf who listened to punk rock seem unlikely influencers for American Black music, but Kraftwerk’s sound is as responsible for the aesthetics of hiphop production as any group of musicians outside of the genre. The New York Times writes about the past, present and future of Kraftwerk today. Although the duo has parted ways, Ralf Hutter is still performing under the name Kraftwerk, and expects to put out a new album due later this year.