Years before the mini-series Will It Blend? became a mass phenomenon on the Internet, German high school buddies Philipp Grütering and Malte Pittner formed the refreshingly controversial Deichkind to conduct a few blending experiments of their own. Hailing from Bergedorf on the outskirts of Hamburg, Grütering and Pittner teamed up with producer Sebastian Hackert and DJ Phono in 1997 to breathe some fresh life into the country's somewhat conservative rap scene -- only to find out that the scene itself wasn't quite ready for Deichkind's idea of reform. The outfit's first concerts (art-hop in Low German!) more often than not ended with the MCs fleeing the stage, ducking tomatoes and half-empty beer cans.