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Scratch Review


Excellent
At the core of the documentary Scratch is an infectious love of the art form and world of the hip-hop DJ. While in the wrong hands this characteristic could spell certain doom and a pandering, hero-worship approach, director Doug Pray digs so deep into the history and layers of the subculture, that one can't help but gleefully be scooped up for the ride.

Told in strokes broad enough to educate the layman but equally sharp and succinct to satisfy the aficionado, Scratch comprehensively covers its terrain. Not to be confused with the world of mainstream rap music, the film's scope explores the roots of the hip-hop revolution in the late 70s, its thrust into mainstream pop culture, courtesy of Grandmixer DXT's influential performance on Herbie Hancock's 1984 hit "Rockit," and the strong life it enjoys today thanks to the current slew of "turntablists" and "beat-jugglers."

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