The O.G. Turntablist/Producer DJ Scratch Remixes Nas’ It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Audio)

Back in 1994, DJ Scratch was relatively quiet. Transitioning from his run as EPMD’s DJ, the New Yorker was gearing up to work closely with Busta Rhymes on establishing a sound for the Leaders Of The New School front-man’s next wave, Flipmode Squad.

Heads in ’94 did hear Scratch however, check in on DJ Premier’s voice-mail on Hard To Earn’s “Aiight…Chill” interlude. There, he was gonna show Premo some pointers behind the boards on how to build out some of his routines and scratches.

Twenty years later, a highly-accomplished turntablist and producer, Scratch goes back and attacks a record he’d like to have produced (from an album that DJ Premier extensively worked on). Taking on Nas’ single “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” Scratch offers a different look than that of Large Professor (who had two mixes), with some hard drums of his own.


This hails from Scratch’s Scratchmatic July 4 release. That should be a firework of its own.

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