In Control, Volume 1

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In Control, Volume 1
In Control, Volume 1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1988 (1988-09-20)
ProducerMarley Marl
Marley Marl chronology
In Control, Volume 1
In Control Volume II (For Your Steering Pleasure)
Singles from In Control, Volume 1
  1. "The Symphony"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Droppin' Science"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

In Control, Volume 1 is the debut studio album by American hip hop record producer Marley Marl of the Juice Crew. It was released on September 20, 1988 through Cold Chillin' Records with distribution via Warner Bros. Records.

The album compiles ten studio recordings by fellow Juice Crew members and artists affiliated with Marley Marl. It showcased his style of hip hop production and sampling at a time when he became one of the first super-producers in hip hop music.[3] The album is broken down track-by-track by Marley Marl in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[4]

The opulent cover stood in contrast to Marley Marl's real living conditions: "I was still living in the projects. I was paying like $110 a month for my rent, free electricity. So New York City Housing Authority kind of co-produced some of my earlier hits".[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Droppin' Science" (featuring Craig G.)4:59
2."We Write the Songs" (featuring Heavy D. and Biz Markie)5:25
3."The Rebel" (featuring Tragedy Khadafi)3:46
4."Keep Your Eye on the Prize" (featuring Master Ace and Action)
5."The Symphony" (featuring Master Ace, Craig G., Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane)6:06
6."Live Motivator" (featuring Tragedy Khadafi)
  • Chapman
  • Williams
7."Duck Alert" (featuring Craig G.)
  • Curry
  • Williams
8."Simon Says" (featuring Master Ace and Action)
  • Clear
  • Williams
9."Freedom" (featuring M.C. Shan)
10."Wack Itt" (featuring Roxanne Shante)4:45


  • Marlon "Marley Marl" Williams – main artist, producer, mixing
  • Craig "Craig G" Curry – featured artist (tracks: 1, 5, 7)
  • Marcel "Biz Markie" Hall – featured artist (track 2)
  • Dwight "Heavy D" Myers – featured artist (track 2)
  • Percy "Tragedy Khadafi" Chapman – featured artist (tracks: 3, 6)
  • Duval "Masta Ace" Clear – featured artist (tracks: 4, 5, 8)
  • Action – featured artist (tracks: 4, 8)
  • Nathaniel "Kool G Rap" Wilson – featured artist (track 5)
  • Antonio "Big Daddy Kane" Hardy – featured artist (track 5)
  • Shawn "MC Shan" Moltke – featured artist (track 9)
  • Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden – featured artist (track 10)
  • George DuBose – photography
  • James Colosimo – logo design


Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 163
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 25


  1. ^ Witt, Chris. "In Control, Vol. 1 - Marley Marl | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 14, 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  3. ^ MacInnes, Paul (June 13, 2011). Marley Marl becomes the first super-producer, due to In Control, Volume One. The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  4. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  5. ^ Muhammad, Ali Shaheed; Frannie Kelley. "Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling". NPR. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Marley Marl Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Marley Marl Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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