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George Spivey (born June 21, 1968), professionally known as DJ Scratch, is an American three-time Grammy-nominated hip hop disc jockey (DJ) and multi-platinum record producer from Brooklyn, New York.[1]

DJ Scratch
DJ Scratch at a gig in Berlin in February 2008
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Spivey
Also known asJam Master DJ Scratch
Born (1968-06-21) June 21, 1968 (age 50)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1985-present
Associated acts



DJ Scratch was introduced to EPMD by Jam Master Jay at the Run's House Tour after DJ K LA Boss left EPMD. Impressed by his skills, the two designated DJ Scratch as their official D.J. by their second album Unfinished Business in 1989. His presence was felt with his powerful cutting and scratching techniques that are heard on various tracks. Aside from scratching, on Business As Usual, he produced the track "Funky Piano", "Rampage" and in 1991 worked on a remix for "I'm Mad" off the "Rampage" 12" single.

In 1992 Scratch produced "Scratch Bring It Back, Pt. 2 (Mic Doc)" and briefly worked with DJ Magic Mike after EPMD broke up. Soon Scratch made a name for himself as a producer for Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad off Busta's debut album in 1996. By 2003 DJ Scratch became a well distinguished and revered hip-hop producer after working with 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, DMX, The Roots, Q-Tip and other notable acts.

Scratch was the Resident DJ for three nationally aired TV Shows; Hip Hop Hold Em', Fox 5's Uptown Comedy Club and B.E.T.'s Rap City, The Basement. Scratch's film credits include Juice, The Original 50 Cent, Backstage, Fly By Night, Rhyme & Reason and Spike Lee's controversial film Bamboozled. In addition, Coca-Cola commissioned Scratch to produce & feature in their first DJ commercial, "3 DJs".[2]

In 2016, DJ Scratch helped fill in for A Tribe Called Quest's DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad on their final album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service due to Ali producing the soundtrack for the Luke Cage TV series with Adrian Younge at the time.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 1988 New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy DJ Champion
  • 2010 Master Of The Mix Winner
  • 2012 & 2013 Global Spin Awards Turntablist Of The Year



  1. ^ Price, III Ph.D., Emmett G. (210). Hip-Hop Culture. Coughlan Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 1-4296-4016-2. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
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First Master of the Mix winner
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