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Scratch

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Doug Pray

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About the Movie

While rappers may be the most visible musical exponents of hip-hop culture, it's the DJs (or "turntablists," as some prefer to be called) who generate the funky beats and cut-and-paste musical structures that have made hip-hop the dominant musical phenomena of the past 20 years. Scratch is a documentary that examines the role of the DJ in hip-hop music, from the pioneering work of old school hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaata and Jazzy Jay to contemporary masters like noted trip-hop musician DJ Shadow and award-winning turntablist group Invisibl Skratch Piklz. The film also explores how DJs turned the turntable into a musical instrument, the increasingly elaborate techniques involved in "scratching" (manipulating vinyl discs, turntables, and tone arms to produce different sonic effects), and how different turntablists dig up the rare and elusive LPs from which they draw the samples that they craft into new songs. Scratch was directed by Doug Pray, who previously examined a different musical phenomenon -- the Seattle rock scene that spawned the grunge explosion -- in his film Hype!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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93%
  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Dense, exhilarating documentary. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Does what a fine documentary does best: It extends a warm invitation into an unfamiliar world, then illuminates it fully and allows the larger implications of the journey to sink in unobtrusively. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Feb 24, 2007

Fresh: Not only an exuberant portrayal of hip-hop's self-healing, it's a compelling meditation on the future of making music in America. – Ed Morales, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Pray's subjects can wander off into arcane Dennis Miller-esque rants, but he manages to hit the high points and most of the major personalities. – Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

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