Under the helm of
editor-in-chief, Jerry Barrow Scratch magazine has rapidly gotten the attention
of the mainstream with its emphasis on the audio portion of Hip-Hop.
While, DJ’s and producers prevail, the magazine has added a
feature familiar to Hip-Hop fan, Blokhedz comic series.
The self-proclaimed "street-adventure" comic series
will be a recurring feature in the magazine beginning with the current issue
with Nas and J Premier on the cover.
"Blokhedz has already secured itself as the Hip-Hop head’s
answer to the superhero call of distress. For years rappers have been poising
with their different monikers as alternate personalities," Nicole Duncan-Smith,
Blokhedz comic producer, told AllHipHop.com. "Blokhedz has with characters
that range from the DJ to the MC to the hood dude that just makes you laugh
The union between the two publications was a natural fit, according
"[We all] rep with authenticity and fervor. Linking with
Scratch was a natural because the very essence of their vision gives life to
the pages of the comic," Duncan-Smith said.
Barrow agreed and stated that Scratch would continue to explore
the relationship between the rapper, the DJ and the producer.
"Scratch is committed to the art of making hip-hop. Period.
We cover the creative side and the business side," he said. "Artists
like Kanye [West], Dr. Dre, Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri have blurred the line
between producer and MC for years, we’re just reflecting that more.
"Producers like talking about beats, but they also want
people to know their story,” Barrow continued. “I want to give the
readers both. On the other side, there are MCs who would like to talk about
how they make their albums; they’ll have voice in Scratch as well."
Although the current issue has been out since late November,
the Nas/DJ Premier issue could be the highest selling edition of the magazine.
He both legends were enthused about being featured together.
"Nas was really responsive because it was a genuinely great
idea to pair him with DJ Premier. He beat Premo to the studio for the [photo]
shoot," he said.
In addition to Nas, Premier and Blokhedz, the current Scratch
issue features provocative stories on Marley Marl, DJ Muggs & Gza and the
making of Bad Boy’s Biggie duets album.
Blokhedz, which was created and illustrated by Mark and Mike
Davis, has continuously old out since its debut in early 2004.
According to Blokhedz
writer and producer Brandon Schultz, the company plans to publish books and
manufacture toys in the image of Blockhedz’s characters.