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Scratch: The Story of Hip-Hop Turntablism

"Havin' fun is what it's all about."

I still can’t believe how interesting this doc was. Usually when I’m watching any documentary, I surf the net or do something else to bide the time. Scratch, however, kept my attention 99% of the time – I had the laptop on for the first few minutes (habit).

Scratch mainly focused on DJing/turntablism/scratching, hence the name, but it was all hip-hop. It covered the important figures in the development of turntablism and the effect it’s had on hip-hop as a whole.

I’ve been reading Jeff Chang’s “Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop” and a lot of the material from Scratch tied into the book. The doc also really helped me put faces to some of the figures in the book – I suck at remembering names and what they actually did, unless I get a glimpse of their face.

Once you get into it, the rest is a breeze. I was actually wanting more at the ended, unlike most times, but it was definitely full of some good info.

Give a shout-out to your favorite DJ from this – I’ll post mine in the comments a lil’ later.

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Scratch Information:
Director: Doug Pray
Genre: Documentary, Music
Release Date: January 21, 2001
Runtime: 92 min
Featured Artists: DJ Qbert | Mix Master Mike | DJ Babu | Afrika Bambaataa | The Beat Junkies | DJ Jazzy Jay | DJ Shadow | DJ Z-Trip | Cut Chemist | […]
Interesting Facts: “In the DVD commentary, director Doug Pray says that he was having a lot of difficult arranging interviews with many DJs, until DJ Qbert signed on. After Qbert’s interview, DJs started calling Pray volunteering themselves.” –IMDB
Links: IMDB | Wikipedia

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