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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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Soundtracks

Know the Ledge (Juice)
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Written by Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) & Rakim (as William Griffin)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"wicka wicka wicka"
5 July 2001 | by shaft21See all my reviews

-That's pretty much the whole soundtrack to this film. I just saw this baby at the Munich Film Festival and it rocked the house. Director Doug Pray is never seen in this documentary, nor I think he is even heard, but he has done a very intimate look into the lives and history of the "mixer." He has segmented his film into about eight chapters and then his motley group of enthusiastic interviews will be spiced throughout according to what they are talking about. I was never big into "scratching" but the film does a wonderful job of keeping elementary for those who know little, and infusing in-jokes for those who are experts themselves in this area. Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys is in this film, but it wasn't until after the film that I could name several heavy hitters in the industry (DJ Shadow, Q- Bert, etc). The extreme fascination for turntables by these talented and quirky DJs is evident in their explanations of what their music means to them. The film also sheds some gratifying light on these guys (and one woman) to be classified as musicians. Pray doesn't let his film idle and if there exists a slow scene it is soon re-energized by hardly ever ceasing music. If nothing else, this film will increase your slang vocabulary. I have to get back to "digging", so I'll end this review. See it, it will be of interest. Good stuff man. Good stuff.


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