the documentary Scratch opens in theaters nationwide this week,
it will seek to dispel the perception that rap is a monotonous form
of music performed by untalented people. Scratch is a film, which
focuses on the life of DJ's and rappers, who maintain loyalty to
the original fathers of rap in their music.
Scratch portrays the unknown underdogs and serious virtuosos who
are radically changing the way we hear, play and create music. Without
them, the way we hear hip hop on the radio would not be the way
it is today and will be 20 years down the road. The film allows
the people, us, to know what it is really like in the hip-hop world.
It shows the people who the real pioneers in scratch were and gives
them credit rather the "frauds" heard on the radio. By
depicting the life of these DJ's, the audience is cut in to what
the game of hip-hop really revolves around and that there is a certain
authenticity to this game.
This ground-breaking form of music first came about in the middle
of the 1970's. People began putting down their Motley Crue tapes
and began running to the music store to pick up the latest Public
Enemy LP or Grand Master Flex LP. This new and innovative style
of music received the sobriquet RAP for Rhythm and Poetry. Initially,
RAP was a way for the black and Latino urban communities to express
themselves artistically. However, as Rap rose through the ranks,
the original pioneers were overlooked by the mainstream media and
weren't given the credit that they in effect deserved.
this new form of music emerged in urban America, it also brought
two other essentiallycomponents: break dancing and graffiti. Graffiti
is the urban method of expressing oneself artistically, however,
using spray paint on walls rather than a brush on canvas. Writers
such as Cope2, KRSONE who gained his fame through rap began filling
the streets with this new kind of art. People from these communities
also expressed themselves through dance. But this dance deviated
from their traditional roots of dance because it involved a certain
amount of strength and it was performed to RAP. Break dancing, as
people came to know it, required that one support himself in the
air while doing various movements with his or her body. However,
this form of dance lost interest even as both Graffiti and Rap gained
Today rap is perceived by many as an untalented, monotonous form
of music. Hip Hop critics say this is due to the major labels placing
too much on sex, money, drugs, and violence. Many critics of hip
hop feel that rappers are no longer concerned about giving out a
positive message and expressing their true selves, they are more
focused on rapping on what will catch the publics' eye, and keep
their pockets filled.
Throughout the video, the idea of how what the radio plays is superficial
in relation to the rest of hip-hop because all the radio plays are
the same beats and rhymes recycled. At one instance in the film,
a new up and coming DJ, DJ Qbert, begins scratching without using
the mixer. As you may or may not know, the mixer is an essential
part in the making of hip-hop music. Without the mixer, the DJ cannot
mix two records together. The film allows the radio fiends to become
aware of the men who were the pioneers in hip-hop such as The Grand
Wizard Theodore who invented the scratch.
The film Scratch depicts the life of several DJ's in the game, from
Jazzy Jay to The Grand Wizard Theodore, who created the scratch.
The documentary is trying to reach out to the hip hop communities
from all over, West Coast, East Coast to, Asian, white black, let
the listener into what is the real hip hop movement. So go out there
and support it. Go out and see it with a friend that has no clue
about the hip hop world.