Yesterday marked 11 years to the day since the passing of Jam Master Jay.
It’s wild that it’s been that long.
How fitting, then, that Crate Diggers was able to catch up with DJ Scratch (@DJScratch), he who was introduced to the world via the legendary JMJ.
In fact, fuse (@fusetv) released a teaser video with an exclusive outtake that highlights the friendship and respect between the two DJs.
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I was privileged to see Scratch perform with a freshly reunited EPMD in NYC at the 2007 Rock the Bells festival.
Peep my shitty video which predates the superior smartphone camera technology of today:
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Each episode of Crate Diggers is special in its own right but every once in a while, they manage to link with an artist who is sitting on an extremely impressive collection.
When you see the amount of red and blue vinyl he has from the 70s and 80s, it really is mindblowing.
I didn’t even realize they were pressing coloured records like that back then!
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Dude has LL Cool J (@llcoolj) test presses, possibly the most ridiculous Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) I’ve ever seen, as well as acetate discs (or dubplates or lacquers or whatever else you nerds wanna refer to them by) so rare that there can’t be any more than a handful of people in the world lucky enough to be holding these pieces within their collection.
Of course, he also has 45s for days and gives viewers a friendly reminder to step their 12″ single game up!
I don’t wanna spoil too many of the surprises as this episode was a real treat and Scratch comes across as a very informed and humble dude.
And extended props to Crate Diggers itself – programs like these will be vital in maintaining and extending the lives of the vinyl and digging cultures.
Pearls of wisdom at the end of the episode as we become privy to a choice conversation with Grandmaster Flash (@DJFlash4eva).
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To check out the entirety of the Crate Diggers playlist, go here.
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