Fans of hip-hop will doubtless know Doug Pray's Scratch and Kevin Fitzgerald's Freestyle: The Art Of Rhyme. The former is a documentary paying tribute to the art of DJing and features Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike, Cut Chemist, Dj Shadow, Rob Swift, Z-Trip, Jurassic 5, and dozens more. Freestyle focuses on the task of the emcee, with an equally impressive cast that includes Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, Aceyalone, Divine Styler, Tupac Shakur, and others. Both films have become something like classics since their release, and essential elements of a true hip-hop head's library.
Taking that into consideration Palm Pictures has packaged both these films together and included a third disc that includes 298 minutes of bonus features that cover DIY DJ lessons, battles, deleted scenes director's commentary, and more. Now all we need is Pray's recent film Infamy in the package and our picture of hip-hop culture will be complete.
Scratch vs. Freestyle is out November 7 on Palm Pictures.