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Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962 in Queens, New York City), better known as Marley Marl, is an influential producer. He was the house producer of the Juice Crew, which, in addition to Marley Marl himself, included: Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rap, MC Shan (his cousin) and Masta Ace, and produced songs for outside artists including King Tee and LL Cool J.

He was also an important figure in the careers of Eric B. & Rakim, as he engineered & mixed their first hits, “My Melody” and “Eric B Is President”. Marley Marl was one of the pioneers of in hip-hop. He debuted as an producer, but his records became more sample-heavy, as can be seen by comparing the MC Shan LPs Down By Law (1987) and Born To Be Wild (1988). The rhythms became less electronic, with drum machines becoming less prominent. Marl started his career working for Tuff City Records. He debuted with his own track called “DJ Cuttin” in 1985, released under the pseudonym NYC Cutter. In 1994, Marley Marl was referenced on Biggie Smalls’ track “Juicy” as being one of his early influences.


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  • FCA19795

    After all these years, still hard to find a posse cut doper than 'The Symphony'.

    26 Jan 9:46pm Reply
  • Saragis_007

    West End Mixtape Sessions -> instant fav

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • outrenoir

    yeah, it's the same with a lot of other classics. i know hip-hop fans respect the roots they just don't seem to listen to them...? in controls still sound great...

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • VeX08

    Unfortunate at the lack of plays.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IxCLuTcH

    If Premo think you are the best to ever do it, you are the best to ever do it.

    10 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk


    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Hurracayne_dre

    The Producer Who Influenced Your Favorite Producer! 3rd the late Paul C

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    The Producer Who Influenced Your Favorite Producer! (I mean, Pete Rock???...)

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jashoova

    The Man Marley Marl (Rob Swift Remix) Is the shit!

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • tunnelvison

    The Producer Who Influenced Your Favorite Producer ! 2wice that premo's biggest influence

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • Music-Ninja

    The Producer Who Influenced Your Favorite Producer !

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • shanterusan

    The charts are a mess, wish people would tag properly!

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ckypissdrunk

    Ran the late 80s

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TheSocs


    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • C_Sick

    Never any doubt about Marley Marl dropping science!! Science is the word... since this is where Hip Hop was at its finest and where we wanna take it back to.. I guess his music is futuristic as well, there for, science!!

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • delcielo

    nice tunes

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • viyano

    uh uhh

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • muzikistruth

    marly marl changed the way of hip hop production forever.with an sp 1200 and minimal sampling time he created his own little band inside a drum machine bringing classic james brown sounds into hip hop any sample based poducer has in hip hop no matter how many hits or how much money they make must bow down

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Aaroneepap


    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Invalidation

    It got to be funky if you're gonna be on it!

    7 Aug 2008 Reply
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