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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Marc 7 ...
Himself - Jurassic 5
Afra ...
Himself
Carlos Aguilar ...
Himself (as DJ Quest)
Akil ...
Himself - Jurassic 5
The Allies ...
Themselves
Almighty K.G. ...
Himself
...
Herself (as DJ Shortee)
Dread Archie Jr. ...
Himself (as D.O.A.)
Babu ...
Himself - Dilated Peoples / Beat Junkies (as DJ Babu)
...
Himself
The Beat Junkies ...
Themselves (as Beat Junkies)
Jon Bernson ...
Himself
John Carluccio ...
Himself - Director
DJ Craze ...
Himself
Frank Cuevas ...
Himself (as DJ Cue)
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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. Written by Doug Pray

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hip hop | turntable | rap | d.j.

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7 November 2001 (France)  »

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To create the "scratched" sequences in the film (where a person during an interview suddenly speaks as if the film itself is being scratched), director Doug Pray sent audio clips which had been recorded onto vinyl to DJ Q-bert, who scratched them, and sent the recordings back to Pray. Pray then edited the interviews to match the scratched sound. See more »

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Apologies and respect to the many great DJ's and others who we were unable to be included in this film. See more »

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Features The 26th Annual Grammy Awards (1984) See more »

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Summer Madness
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Written by Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Ronald Bell, George Funky Brown (as George Brown),
Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Claydes Smith, Alton Taylor,
, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas), Richard Westfield
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"wicka wicka wicka"
5 July 2001 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

-That's pretty much the whole soundtrack to this film. I just saw this baby at the Munich Film Festival and it rocked the house. Director Doug Pray is never seen in this documentary, nor I think he is even heard, but he has done a very intimate look into the lives and history of the "mixer." He has segmented his film into about eight chapters and then his motley group of enthusiastic interviews will be spiced throughout according to what they are talking about. I was never big into "scratching" but the film does a wonderful job of keeping elementary for those who know little, and infusing in-jokes for those who are experts themselves in this area. Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys is in this film, but it wasn't until after the film that I could name several heavy hitters in the industry (DJ Shadow, Q- Bert, etc). The extreme fascination for turntables by these talented and quirky DJs is evident in their explanations of what their music means to them. The film also sheds some gratifying light on these guys (and one woman) to be classified as musicians. Pray doesn't let his film idle and if there exists a slow scene it is soon re-energized by hardly ever ceasing music. If nothing else, this film will increase your slang vocabulary. I have to get back to "digging", so I'll end this review. See it, it will be of interest. Good stuff man. Good stuff.


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