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Skratch Lessons: Joe Cooley

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[MUSIC]
All right,
this next combo was a really popular combo
back in the day.
Late 80's, 88, 89, 87.
DJ Joe Cooley was the king of this style,
and he even named the scratch after
himself, the Joe Cooley scratch.
So what it is, is chirps and swirls.
Chirps, swirls, chirps,.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So let's recap on what a chirp is.
A chirp is, you, let the sound in, leave
the fader open.
All right?
You let the sound in,
and turn it off at the end.
And then on the reverse it comes back in.
Alright?
[MUSIC]
Just fade it out.
Add that is a chirp.
Do it quieter.
So, soon as the sound comes in, you turn
it off.
And then come back here.
And just do the reverse of that.
[SOUND]
But
for those of you who scratch the other
way.
You know, I, I scratch reverse, as you've
noticed.
But if you scratch this way they would be.
[SOUND]
Same concept, you know?
You turn the fader off, soon as the sound
comes in.
[SOUND] And do the opposite.
[SOUND]
You just,
you do your swirls with the chirps.
[MUSIC]
And a swirl.
Let's recap again what a swirl is.
A swirl is, is a tear.
One forward and two back, all right?
So that tear is one forward, two back, one
forward.
Right?
Just, it's just fast.
[SOUND]
Right, that's a swirl.
So, sharps and swirls, the Joe Cooley
scratch.
Even call it the what was it called, Miami
scratch back then, you know.
They usually scratch the that temple like
120, you know, all the Planet Rock,
electro type music back in the late 80's,
they would scratch that.
It was a really popular scratch.
DJ Mann used to do it.
MC Shaydee is DJ, Tomb is a big producer
now.
Magic Mike, he made a ton of records with
that style.
Bobcat, LL Cool J's DJ, everyone was doing
that style.
You name it.
And when we first heard it, it was you're
chance to rock with Joe Cooley.
Rodney O and Joe Cooley is the artist.
And look for Your Chance to Rock.
In that song you just.
There's this amazing scratch on this.
Like when I first heard it, I was like, no
way.
That's impossible.
How in the hell is that, you know, even
real.
And.
But that's what it is.
And you know, we finally figured out you
know, like, oh, okay, that's cool.
So that's Joe Cooley's first.
[MUSIC]
Oh by the way this it's sample right here.
[MUSIC]
That's what they used to use that Joe Cool
would scratch with a lot.
You can use any sound of course but that's
from a record Al-Naafiysh by Hashim.
Hashim, look for that record.
That's the original, it's time.
When you hear it you guys will know.
But yeah if you guys have any videos of
you doing this scratch,
we'd love to hear it cuz everyone's gonna
have their own variation of,
of this scratch and ever scratch.
So we'd like to see your videos and, you
know, like to reply to those too.
[MUSIC]
Joe Cooley scratch.
Chirps and swirls.
[MUSIC]