Skratch Bastard Bastard's Business

During the 2001 "Scribble Jam DJ Battle" in Cincinnati, OH, a 1200 Hobos DJ by the name of Skratch Bastard knocked hip-hop heads on their asses when he flipped Buck 65's classic "Centaur" track into the unforgettable "Imperial Death March" from Star Wars. Many in attendance thought this Halifax, NS, DJ had been robbed when he took second place. It appears the Bastard is trying to prove that he can do it all as a DJ with his first album, Bastard's Business, and without a multi-track. The album begins with the title song, a nearly nine-minute live routine that has cuts and scratches but lacks the flare of actually being there and watching it. There are also two live mixes of hip-hop that clock in at around 25 minutes each, featuring tracks by Mystic, Mobb Deep, Biz Markie, M.O.P. and more. The play list is mostly nice, with some good blends, but an inability to skip from song to song makes it less appealing. In between the live mixes are the two original treasures, an Orakull freestyle that might be "take it or leave it" for many listeners and a must-hear collaboration between Kaleb Simmonds on the beat box and Skratch Bastard on the cuts. It's no wonder Kaleb is in such high demand in the Haltown. Sadly, it's a short highlight at a little over two minutes. And by isolating each of the components into sections ("live routine," "live mix," "collaboration," "freestyle," "live mix"), Skratch Bastard prevents his album from obtaining any cohesiveness, seeming like a bunch of fragments, which it probably is. Why couldn't he just mix the freestyle and collaboration along with the juggling and cutting into the two live mixes? Isn't it possible the peanut butter might taste good with the chocolate? (Independent)