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Scratch (2001)

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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Doug Pray

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chali 2na Chali 2na ... Himself - Jurassic 5 (as Chali 2NA)
Marc 7 Marc 7 ... Himself - Jurassic 5
Afra Afra ... Himself
Carlos Aguilar Carlos Aguilar ... Himself (as DJ Quest)
Akil Akil ... Himself - Jurassic 5
The Allies The Allies ... Themselves
Almighty K.G. Almighty K.G. ... Himself
Shannon Ames ... Herself (as DJ Shortee)
Dread Archie Jr. Dread Archie Jr. ... Himself (as D.O.A.)
Babu Babu ... Himself - Dilated Peoples / Beat Junkies (as DJ Babu)
Afrika Bambaataa ... Himself
The Beat Junkies The Beat Junkies ... Themselves (as Beat Junkies)
Jon Bernson Jon Bernson ... Himself
John Carluccio John Carluccio ... Himself - Director
Cut Chemist Cut Chemist ... Himself - Jurassic 5
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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. | See All (4) »

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Documentary | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ди-Джей See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Graffiti Rock (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Hip Hop (Instrumental)
Written by Stic Man (as Clayton Angelo Gavin), Lavonne Alford, V. Williams & A. Mair
Performed by Dead Prez
Courtesy of Loud Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Now, who's the king of digging?
17 March 2007 | by Camera ObscuraSee all my reviews

The omission of Jazzy Jeff, the creator of the chirp and transformer scratch, raised a few eyebrows, but it's good to see he made it to the extras of the DVD after all. With SCRATCH, Doug Pray, who previously chronicled the grunge phenomenon of the '90s in HYPE (1996), made an excellent documentary about the world of the hip-hop DJ and the evolution of turntablism. His latest documentary, INFAMY (2005), explores contemporary American graffiti culture. After a couple of viewings four years ago, my DVD had been gathering dust ever since, but recently I watched it again and besides the subject material, I was surprised how well-shot and edited this documentary actually is. An immensely enjoyable soundtrack as well and not just talking heads, but lots of music, old school footage, parties, break dancing, you name it. One of the best things about the film, is that it mainly examines where the art of turntablism is today (in 2001 that is), without disregarding the pioneers of course. Good stuff.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10


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