Marley Marl

Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962), better known by his stage name Marley Marl, is an American DJ, record producer, rapper and record label founder, primarily operating in hip hop music. Marlon grew up in Queensbridge housing projects located in Queens New York. He is credited with influencing a number of hip hop icons such as RZA, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock.[3] He was also featured on Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid In Full" from their debut album which was also recorded in his studio. As a producer, one notable project was LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out. Marley Marl became interested in music, by performing in local talent shows, during the early days of rap music. He caught his big break in 1984, with artist Roxanne Shante's hit Roxanne's Revenge. Marley Marl is also responsible for starting the musical band Juice Crew alongside DJ Mr. Magic.

Marley Marl
Marley Marl in Nottingham, England 1999
Background information
Birth nameMarlon Williams
Born (1962-09-30) September 30, 1962
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active1983–present
Labels
Associated acts

Discography

Studio albums

Collaboration albums

Compilations

  • House of Hits (1995)
  • Best of Cold Chillin' (2001)
  • Marley Marl's House of Hits (released 2007)
  • Hip Hop's Hero w/ Nikal Fieldz (released 2010)

Marl was referenced on Biggie Smalls' track "Juicy" as being one of Smalls' early influences.[4]

References

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