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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 ... 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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$289,885

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$289,885
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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

Edited into We Are the Robots (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance to the Drummer's Beat
Performed by Herman Kelly & Life
Written by Herman Kelly
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company & EMI Records, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Scratcher's Delight
29 October 2002 | by cd011b7032See all my reviews

Scratch is the story of scratch music's evolution from its birth in the late seventies/ early eighties to its ever growing musical status in modern day culture. Scratch tells the story of the music with the help of some of the most important scratch pioneers of the last 20 years, such as Babu (of Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies), DJ Q-Bert and Afrika Bambaataa amongst others. These interviews give us an incite about how the music was born and its growth. We also get helpful tips on the art of scratching from Q-Bert and Mix Master Mike (from The Beastie Boys).

I am interested in a lot of genres of music, jazz, rock, indie etc. but I have never invested much interest in scratching, sure I have all the classic rap albums, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem etc. and I have recently got into new hip-hop (a musical genre that uses DJs a lot) such as Dilated Peoples (who's performance in the film made my day), Blackalicious and Jurassic 5 (also featured), but I still had no idea of the art of scratching (or turntablism as it's referred to here), so I went into this movie no sure what to expect.

This movie is very similar to a lot of the documentaries that have been appearing in the last few years from America, such as Baadasssss Cinema (the story of blacksploitation films), The Backyard and Beyond the Mat (both about the growing popularity of wrestling). But the documentary it seemed to have the most in common with was American Pimp (the story of surprise, surprise American pimps). It was almost the same documentary, sharp editing, grainy camera work, loud soundtrack, sharp dialogue and the DJ's taking over the part of the flamboyant, over the top and eccentric pimps and matching them for madness on every level. And I was justified in my beliefs when I read in the credits that the film was produced by the two directors of American Pimp, Allen and Albert Hughes (who also directed Dead Presidents and From Hell) and later found out that the director of Scratch, Doug Pray was also the editor of American Pimp (he also edited Scratch).

It's not surprising that it is edited by the director as the editing is an important part of the movie and helps the music get noticed a lot more. He almost makes the footage like the music, rewinding it slowing it down, speeding it up and all sorts of other techniques, which although brilliant do give you a bit of a headache after an hour or so.

But apart from the moderate headache this is a very good movie that I thing will really change your opinion on scratching if you aren't a fan. And if you are a fan then this is a must see. Good direction, superb editing and an interesting subject matter, go and see it if you get the chance.

7 out of 10


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