Monday, June 21, 2004

2 music documentaries from Alie

I've recently seen two music documentaries that are strong overviews of hip-hop music, the hip-hop DJ and where this music came from and where it is going. Scratch is my favorite because you want to buy about every song you hear, but Welcome To Death Row is a great saga & learning tool...

A feature-length film that explores the world of the hip-hop DJ. From the birth of hip-hop, when pioneering DJ's began extending breaks on their party records (which helped inspire break dancing and rap), to the invention of scratching and "beat-juggling" vinyl, to its recent explosion as a musical movement called "turntablism,".

The film features some of the world's best DJ's, whether they're famous for solo scratching, competing in international DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up. Check out performances and interviews with DJ's Q-bert, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys) Rob Swift and the X-ecutioners, Cut Chemist & NuMark Jurassic 5), DJ Craze, The Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Babu (Dilated Peoples), DJ Krush, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), and others, along with "old-school" innovators like Afrika Bambaataa and GrandWizard Theodore (who is widely acknowledged as having invented the idea of scratching vinyl in the first place).

SCRATCH had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a 2002 Independent Spirit Award by the IFP.

Must-see hip hop video chronicles the untold story of Suge Knight's notorious Death Row label and its superstar acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dog, and Tupac.


At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Welcome to Death Row documentary a while ago and thought it was damn good. Suge Knight is one guy that I would never want to cross...


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