DJ Scratch is nicely rooted in Hip-Hop tradition. As a member of EPMD, he produced the tracks “Funky Piano” and “Rampage” from 1991’s Enterprise As Ordinary. He additionally labored on a remix for “I’m Mad” along with being the duo’s official DJ. He later linked up with Busta Rhymes and began producing for Flipmode Squad, LL COOL J, Q-Tip and plenty of extra. Evidently, he’s been round. However regardless of his huge data of Hip-Hop, he thinks there are some discrepancies that must be mentioned.
Not lengthy after MC Sha-Rock sparred with Debbie D over first feminine MC claims, DJ Scratch had a message for the OGs. On Saturday (March 18), DJ Scratch shared a Fb standing that learn: “All the primary era of Hip Hop from all New York Metropolis boroughs want to take a seat in a room & get this historical past sorted out accurately.”
The publish produced a cascade of feedback from individuals who had been primarily in settlement. Many agreed Hip Hop was older than 50 however nonetheless gave credit score to Kool Herc. As one particular person wrote: “Coming from the surface trying in, I believe the tradition is older than 50, however Herc’s occasion can nonetheless be acknowledged because the seminal second. That was the Genesis second.
“Everyone can’t be known as a Founder however the contributions of males like Grandmaster Flowers needs to be acknowledged. All the Boroughs want their house and recognition as contributing to the beginning of the tradition however DJ Kool Herc’s social gathering nonetheless is acknowledged because the second the others by the way birthed.”
Unsurprisingly, that remark additionally sparked a debate and somebody shortly identified Flowers wasn’t thought-about a Hip-Hop DJ. One other commenter introduced up DJ Hollywood, who remains to be labeled a “disco” DJ to today. It’s these nuanced arguments that DJ Scratch clearly thinks must be resolved.
Hip Hop formally turns 50 on August 11, the identical date in 1973 Kool Herc and sister Cindy Campbell threw the Again To Faculty social gathering at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. within the Bronx.