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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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Carlos Aguilar ...
Himself (as DJ Quest)
Akil ...
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Almighty K.G. ...
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Dread Archie Jr. ...
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Babu ...
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John Carluccio ...
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Frank Cuevas ...
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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 Wild Style (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock the Bells
Performed by LL Cool J
Written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith), Rick Rubin
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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If it itches....
27 August 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

...scratch it. Just as African's created rhythms with the jawbone of an ass and Virgin Islanders welded oil drums into ear pleasing steel bands, so did urban DJ's itch to scratch in the pursuit of new methods of creative expression. "Scratch" is a wholly unnarrated documentary which will take you to the heart of the hip-hop/rap movement and explore the genesis of turntablism, the art of scratching vinyl, and the ultimate DJ/MC contempo entertainment expression. The film reveals some surprisingly intelligent and articulate "Scratchers" with startlingly unique abilities in concert and competition where the beat meets the street. Good stuff for anyone interested in grass roots or ghetto gutter movements in sound art. (B)


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