The debate about whether or not a scratch DJ is a "real" musician should be over by now. It's been well over 20 years since Grandmaster Flash first started working over the instrumental sides of disco 12-inches at Bronx block parties, a little less than that since Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" first brought scratching to the pop charts, a decade since Bay Area DJs first graduated from pause tapes to turntables, and five years since underground collectives like the Invisibl Skratch Piklz proved it was art, and pop acts started figuring DJ tweaks into their hit-bound productions. Not that it's been an easy climb to credibility, particularly among old-schoolers: In the same way a discombobulated Pete Seeger tried to take an ax to the power supply when Bob Dylan played old folk songs electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay tried to cut off the Piklz's power supply during their "Peter Piper" routine at the... More >>>