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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Chali 2na ... Himself - Jurassic 5 (as Chali 2NA)
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
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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7 November 2001 (France)  »

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Ди-Джей  »

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

Soundtracks

Monkey Bars
Performed by Jurassic 5
Written by Akil (as D. Givens), DJ Nu-Mark (as M. Potsic), Chali 2na (as C. Stewart), Soup (as C. Henderson), Cut Chemist (as L. MacFadden), Marc 7 (as M. Stuart), Tony Maiden (as T. Maiden), Chaka Khan (as Y. Stevens), Bobby Watson (as B. Watson)
Courtesy of Word of Mouth Entertainment
Jurassic 5 appears courtesy of Interscope Records
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If it itches....
27 August 2003 | by 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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