Scratch (musician)

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Birth name Kyle Jones
Born Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) beatboxer, human turntablist
Associated acts The Roots, Schoolz Of Thought, Dino 5

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.


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 Rope A Dope record label. It featured The Roots, Dice Raw, 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 The Roots in 2003.

He now continues to tour the world.[when?]

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.

Scratch has now[when?] released four songs on his Myspace but the album, which was promised to be released in August hasn't been released yet.



Studio albums[edit]

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 5[edit]

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