In Control, Volume 1
|In Control, Volume 1|
|Studio album by Marley Marl|
|Released||September 20, 1988|
Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.|
|Marley Marl chronology|
In Control, Volume 1 is an album by hip hop producer Marley Marl of the Juice Crew, released September 20, 1988 on Cold Chillin' Records. The album compiles ten studio recordings by 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. The album is broken down track-by-track by Marley Marl in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.
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."
- All tracks produced by Marley Marl
- "Droppin' Science" (Featuring Craig G) – 4:59
- "We Write the Songs" (Featuring Biz Markie & Heavy D) – 5:25
- "The Rebel" (Featuring Percy Tragedy) – 3:46
- "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" (Featuring Masta Ace & Action) – 5:42
- "The Symphony" (Featuring Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane) – 6:06
- "Live Motivator" (Featuring Percy Tragedy) – 4:45
- "Duck Alert" (Featuring Craig G) – 4:12
- "Simon Says" (Featuring Masta Ace & Action) – 4:02
- "Freedom" (Featuring MC Shan) – 4:27
- "Wack Itt" (Featuring Roxanne Shanté) – 4:45
- Guest performers
- Big Daddy Kane
- Biz Markie
- Kool G Rap
- Craig G
- Heavy D & the Boyz
- Masta Ace
- MC Shan
- Roxanne Shanté
- Percy Tragedy
|US Billboard 200||163|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||25|
- Allmusic review
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- Tower.com - In Control, Vol. 1
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- Muhammad, Ali Shaheed; Frannie Kelley. "Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling". NPR. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Marley Marl Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
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