The History of Scratching Records

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Scratching records is the techniques of taking a song and pushing the record back and forth to make a cool and unique sound. Learn about the rising popularity of DJ scratching in the 1980s with help from a professional saxophonist in this free video on music and DJing.

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Hey. I'm DJ Jazz B and I just want to explain the history of spinning records. Starting back in the late eighties and the early nineteen nineties, people, DJs used records to put on shows obviously. And it became a, just was a cool sound to actually scratch the records. And it went from just a couple of guys, DJ Flash, Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince and all those guys. They would be scratching records and it became really popular. And djing is a huge industry now. So actually scratching records is the technique of taking a song and just pushing the record back and forth. It makes that cool sound and it's also used for mixing other songs into each other. So that's what we do as DJs and that's the history of scratching records.


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