Scratch- In a world of a million and one DJs, what factor makes one really stand

By Gus Bode

With so many turntables and so little skill, some have even tried to

dye their hair color in a desperate attempt to get people to notice them.

Yes, this may work for the ladies, but unfortunately, you will never be dope.


While deejaying might boost your sex life, there are cats out there that would

rather be turntable nerds who are part-time sci-fi weirdoes. “Scratch”

takes you on a journey through the turntable revolution and where it is

headed in the future.

I don’t think I have ever seen a DJ documentary that was so concise and

accurate in my life. During the whole movie I was blurting out statements

like, “Right On!” and “That’s right, you best believe dat!”


The best part about this video is how thorough the information was. As you

can see, the turntable revolution has been splitting in two

different directions – digital and analog. There are two kinds of DJs.

There are the kinds who only mix tracks and expect buttons and electronic

devices to create all their sounds, and then there are DJs who depend only on

their manual and technical skills. “Scratch” only focuses on the manual

skills of scratching records and flipping beats. They go so far as to

explain the art of crate digging.

“Scratch” successfully shows how the household record player has transformed

into a musical instrument. Think about how many people buy records

nowadays, and then think about the fact that the turntable has been

outselling the guitar since 2000.

The movie starts off with the old-school idols and chronologically climbs

up to the new-school cats such as DJ Z-Trip and DJ Shadow. Everybody has a

different opinion about how they flex the turntables, and each perspective is

equally valuable. The demonstrations will blow your mind and keep your

eyeballs glued to the TV.

The whack DJs have no need to watch this video and feel frustrated because

the bonus features on the DVD has DJ Q-bert teaching the basic techniques of

scratching. Even if you are not a DJ, this is a film you can enjoy and be

educated by. Wouldn’t you rather be able to tell what a dope DJ and a whack

DJ sound like rather than judge them by their hair? I know I usually do

album reviews, but this documentary gets an honorary mention.

You can cop a copy at Check it out. Especially if you

think the Burger King DJ is raw.