DJ Scratch Goes Into The Crates With An All-45 James Brown Mix (Mixtape)

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In one of the cooler reveals in Hip-Hop as of late, it turns out that J. Period was not alone in honoring James Brown this week. As the True Elements DJ went in on #The Legend Of James Of Brown, EPMD/Flipmode Squad alum DJ Scratch offered up a companion mix, The Big Payback: The 45’s, Vol. 1.

This mix examines the 7″ 45RPM records, largely released on the King and Polydor labels, that helped bring James Brown to the homes of the world. Few artists made greater use of the economical format, as “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business” is famous for his 45-edits of songs, including “The Payback,” as well as Hip-Hop staple “Make It Funky.”

Heads know how rare and significant a DJ Scratch mixtape truly is, as this highly-skilled, 25-plus year turntablist and producer is among Hip-Hop’s most revered scratch-masters, party-rockers, and technicians (remember “Aiiight…Chill”?). Dive in, and appreciate the crates, the knowledge, and the execution from a Hip-Hop giant, praising one of Hip-Hop’s most important figures of all-time.

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Related: J. Period Honors The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown (Mixtape)