George Spivey (EPMD/ Jay Z), US DJ.
This man is know to be one of the greatest DJ's in the history of Hip Hop. When it comes to turntable bypass surgery, DJ Scratch has NO equals. He is the man who provides the flamboyance to Jay Z's & now 50 Cent's stage show. Through the years with EPMD, Scratch has been driving audiences into a frenzy with visual and technical routines far beyond mortal DJ's. For example; Disrobing down to his undees without missing a beat or, his most famous routine cutting Big Daddy Kane's "Friday the 13th Imma play Jason" line as he emerges from beneath the set wearing a hockey mask. If that's not enough, he is the only DJ to be granted a 20 minute solo performance at every concert.
DJ Scratch has performed in every market throughout the world; such places as, Latin America, US, Canada, Africa, Australia, Switzerland, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Amsterdam, Norway, China & Japan. DJ Scratch is one of THE MOST Recognized & Respected Exhibition/ Tour & Club DJ's in the world.
Shortly after winning the New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy in 1988, he joined the RUN DMC Run's House World Tour. Scratch was befriended by the late RUN DMC's DJ, Jam Master Jay. He and Jay exchanged techniques and Jay liked Scratch's style. When the tour ended Jay recommended Scratch to EPMD because the group needed a DJ with flair. After the group saw him do his tricks at the first show, they hired him on the spot.
Scratch has appeared in the movies; "Juice", "The Original 50 Cent", "Fly By Night", "Rhyme & Reason" & the blockbuster director Spike Lee's controversial film "Bamboozled". Also Coca Cola commissioned Scratch to produce & star in their 1st DJ commercial, "3 DJ's".
Since then Scratch began to pursue his second love, producing. He is known mostly by his timeless DJ anthems "Funky Piano" and "Scratch Bring It Back". Scratch has produced tracks on 75% of Multi Platinum Artist Busta Rhyme's four (4) Albums (All 4 albums went DOUBLE PLATINUM) thanks to Scratch's knowledge of what the world yearns for in music. Some of DJ Scratch's accolades include the Grammy nominated single "Gimmie Some More", as well as the hits "Do The Bus a Bus", "Party Going On Over Here" & "Cha Cha Cha". His long production roster includes Multi Platinum & Gold selling artists such as, 50 Cent, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Snoop Dog, DMX, Beanie Segal, Cassidy, Method Man & Redman which makes DJ Scratch responsible for the sale of over 50 Million albums.
Currently, DJ Scratch is filming a Scratch-umentary celebrating his illustrious career that spans over 20 years. Some of the featured artists in this documentary are EPMD, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, M.O.P. Grandmixer DXT, Grandwizard Theodore, DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Redman & Kid Capri are just a few of the Hip Hop elite that embraced Scratch's amazing talents.
Scratch has always preached to the new generation of DJ's that in order to become a complete DJ, you must "crawl before you walk". Meaning that a DJ should learn to mix & blend before you learn to scratch & cut. By learning in this order will give you the ability to master all sectors of Djing.
"SO ALL DJ'S SHOULD, START FROM SCRATCH"