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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:

DJ-haye Hip-Hop See more »

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Sound Mix:

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 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Rapper's Delight
Performed by Sugarhill Gang
Written by Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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If it itches....
27 August 2003 | by =G=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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