Developed with creative input from music legend Quincy Jones III, CEO and chief creative officer of QD3 Entertainment and music producer for top artists Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J and Ice Cube, among others, Scratch combines free-form DJ tricks with great rhythm game-play. Scratch is set in distinctive urban environments and features songs from the biggest names in Hip Hop.
Featuring game-play similar to top-selling rhythm games, Scratch players use a realistic turn-table controller, the Scratch Deck, created by Numark, the world's largest manufacturer of DJ equipment, to manipulate music tracks in real-time. Players can choose from a diverse array of DJ personalities to make their way from garage DJ to scratch-master of the hottest nightclubs.
Scratch Deck combines two essential elements of the DJ and hip-hop experience - a free-spinning, touch sensitive turntable with a crossfader and 5 Akai Pro MPC-style drum pads. The turntable allows players to add their own style and manipulate the songs in real time, while the MPC-style drum pads give players the opportunity to perform and customize tracks by triggering samples using the very same pads that are the cornerstone of professional hip-hop beat production. Samples can either be pre-loaded into the game using 60 unique battle records that will ship with the software, or players can record and upload their own samples using a compatible USB microphone.
In addition to the features created by Numark, Scratch Deck also contains standard game controls found in music rhythm games. The turntable features a realistic surface that feels remarkably similar to a vinyl record. The drum pads and the crossfader also deliver an authentic and realistic music production experience. Left-handed DJs will appreciate that Scratch Deck is designed for use in right or left-handed configurations.
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ features 60 original and licensed tracks from the most popular hip-hop and R&B artists.
New licensed tracks include:
- Gifted – N.A.S.A. Feat Kanye West, Santo Gold, Lykke Li
- Looking Fly – Murs
- Skanky Panky – Kid Koala
- Iced Lightning – RJD2
- They Reminisce Over You – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
- Friends – Whodini
- Push It – Salt n Pepa
- Life in a Cage – The Knux
Previously announced artists and licensed tracks:
- Peter Piper – Run DMC
- Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz
- Hot in Herre – Nelly
- Mastermind – Deltron 3030
“In the development of Scratch, we have remained committed to creating a setlist that will inspire and impress dedicated fans of hip-hop,” said Quincy Jones III, CEO and chief creative officer of QD3 Entertainment. “As a long time fan and participant of hip-hop culture, I am very excited about the range of artists and various time periods represented in the game from old school hip-hop to today’s hottest new talent. It's been great having so much freedom in picking music that is true to the genre.”
Additional music from artists:
- Run DMC
- The Gorillaz
- Deltron 3030
The Scratch development team has collaborated with Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, who is providing creative and technical input for the game. Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will also feature music from Mix Master Mike’s upcoming album, set to launch later this year.
In addition to a heavy-hitting setlist, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ features distinctive urban environments, an array of customizable DJ personalities and a turntable style controller created by Numark, one of the leading manufacturers of DJ equipment.
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