Scratch (musician)

Kyle Jones (born in Camden, New Jersey),[1] better known as Scratch, is an American hip hop musician who specializes in Beatboxing and vocal scratch sounds. He is best known as a former member of Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. He is well known in the hip hop and beatbox community for his outstanding ability to simulate the music of a Hip hop Turntablist using only his voice and loop machines.

Birth nameKyle Jones
BornCamden, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)beatboxer, human turntablist
Associated actsThe Roots, Schoolz Of Thought, Dino 5


Originally a member of Philadelphia based rap group, Schoolz Of Thought, he joined The Roots in 1998.

Scratch released his debut solo album The Embodiment of Instrumentation in 2002 on the Ropeadope record label. It featured The Roots, Dice Raw, Calente from the PBP’s, E.S.T of Three Times Dope, Cyph Born of Aphillyation, Bilal, Jill Scott, Malik B and M.A.R.S. Co-Op. After the release of his solo LP, he abruptly left

In 2004, Scratch contributed to Zap Mama's Ancestry in Progress on the track "Wadidyusay?".

Scratch is a member of Dino 5, who realized their first album Baby Loves Hip Hop in 2008. Scratch plays Teo, a Pterodactyl.

In 2009, he released an album titled Loss 4 Wordz, featuring artists such as Kanye West, Musiq, Damon Albarn, and Peedi-Peedi. He also appeared on British rapper GoldieLocks's EP titled Goldie's Oldies.



Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details
The Embodiment of Instrumentation
Loss 4 Wordz


Title Year Album
"Let's Go" (feat. Peedi Crakk)[4] 2009 Loss 4 Wordz

Dino 5Edit

Other appearancesEdit



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Station Zero DJ Tech 20 episodes


  1. ^ Allmusic bio
  2. ^ "the embodiment of instrumentation". Ropeadope Records. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Loss 4 Wordz by Scratch". iTunes. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Let's Go (feat. Peedi Crakk) - Single by Scratch". iTunes. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Turn On the Radio (Sweet In Stereo) [feat. Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson & Scratch] - EP by Something Sally". iTunes. Retrieved October 26, 2013.

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