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Scratch (2001)

The story of the hip-hop DJ from the birth of hip-hop to the invention of scratching and "beat-juggling" vinyl, to the more recent "turntablism" movement. Underdogs and virtuosos who have radically changed the way we hear and create music.

Director:

Doug Pray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Allies The Allies ... Themselves
A-Trak ... Self - The Allies
Craze Craze ... Self - The Allies
D.J. Infamous D.J. Infamous ... Self - The Allies (as Infamous)
J. Smoke J. Smoke ... Self - The Allies (as J-Smoke)
Develop Develop ... Self - The Allies
Spictakular Spictakular ... Self - The Allies
Afrika Bambaataa ... Self
Almighty K.G. Almighty K.G. ... Self
The Beat Junkies The Beat Junkies ... Themselves (as Beat Junkies)
DJ Rhettmatic DJ Rhettmatic ... Self - Beat Junkies (as Rhettmatic)
Tommy Gunn Tommy Gunn ... Self - Beat Junkies
Melo-D Melo-D ... Self - Beat Junkies
DJ Curse DJ Curse ... Self (as Curse)
Bullet Proof Space Travelers Bullet Proof Space Travelers ... Themselves
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Handz Up (QD III Remix Instrumental)
Performed by Whooliganz
Written by Scott Caan, Leor Dimant, B-Real (as Louis Freese), The Alchemist (as Alan Maman), Howlett Smith
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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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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Release Date:

7 November 2001 (France) See more »

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DJ-haye Hip-Hop See more »

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$289,885

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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