Skratch Bastid

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Skratch Bastid
Birth namePaul Murphy
Born (1982-09-02) September 2, 1982 (age 36)
OriginBedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresHip hop, turntablism
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active2001-present
LabelsFirst Things First
Associated actsDJ Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, Buck 65, Scratch, Shad, Pip Skid

Paul Murphy (born September 2, 1982), known primarily by his stage name Skratch Bastid, is a Canadian DJ and Juno nominated record producer. He is a three-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner.[1] URB has described him as "a DJ with more than mixing up his sleeves".[2] He is a global ambassador and judge for Red Bull's annual Thre3style DJ competition.[3]


Skratch Bastid's rise to prominence began with his 2003 Scribble Jam win, and his world class status was solidified with subsequent victories in 2004 and 2007.[4] He released a collaborative album with John Smith and Pip Skid, titled Taking Care of Business, on his own label First Things First Records in 2005,[4] and was the first-ever Canadian DJ to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year in 2008, for his work on Buck 65's album Situation.[5] He was nominated for the Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year in 2016 for his collaborative project with Afiara String Quartet, titled Spin Cycle.[6]

Since 2010, he has hosted daytime block-party style events in various cities called Bastid's BBQ.[7] Past headliners include DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Z-Trip, k-os and Grandtheft.



  • Taking Care of Business (2005) (with John Smith and Pip Skid)
  • Spin Cycle (2015) (with Afiara String Quartet)


  • The Spring Up (2013) (with Shad)


  • "I Ain't Lazy" (2005) (with John Smith and Pip Skid)
  • "Limoncello" (2016) (with Shad)


  • Blazin' (2003)
  • Better Ask Somebody (2004)
  • Get Up! (2007)
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed (2008)
  • 110% (2009)
  • The Entertainer (2011)
  • Soul Sisters, Stand Up! (2012) (with The Gaff)
  • Songs We Listened to a Lot in 2012 (2013) (with Cosmo Baker)
  • Songs We Listened to a Lot in 2013 (2014) (with Cosmo Baker)
  • Songs We Listened to a Lot in 2014 (2015) (with Cosmo Baker)
  • Songs We Listened to a Lot in 2015 (2016) (with Cosmo Baker)
  • Songs We Listened to a Lot in 2016 (2017) (with Cosmo Baker)



  1. ^ Fawcett, Thomas (March 15, 2013). "Review: Skratch Bastid & the Gaff". The Austin Chronicle.
  2. ^ MacArthur, Cayley (April 24, 2012). "Download: Three 6 Mafia, Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG vs Dazz Band – Let It Stay Fly (Skratch Bastid Blend) (MP3)". URB.
  3. ^ Lam, Erica (December 13, 2011). "Red Bull Thre3Style Behind-the-Scenes". The Style Spy. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Ferreira, Susana (June 2005). "Skratch Bastid Steps Up". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  5. ^ Acharya, Neil (March 2010). "Skratch Bastid - Music School". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  6. ^ Murphy, Sarah (February 2, 2016). "The Weeknd, Drake and Justin Bieber Lead 2016 Juno Nominees". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Li, Christina (May 25, 2017). "Hey, DJs: Skratch Bastid and Cosmo Baker". SF Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2017.

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