In Control, Volume 1

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In Control, Volume 1
In Control, Volume 1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1988
GenreHip hop
LabelCold Chillin'/Warner Bros.
ProducerMarley Marl
Marley Marl chronology
In Control, Volume 1
In Control, Volume 2: For Your Steering Pleasure
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] The album is broken down track-by-track by Marley Marl in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[5]

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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Droppin' Science" (Featuring Craig G) – 4:59
  2. "We Write the Songs" (Featuring Biz Markie & Heavy D) – 5:25
  3. "The Rebel" (Featuring Percy Tragedy) – 3:46
  4. "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" (Featuring Masta Ace & Action) – 5:42
  5. "The Symphony" (Featuring Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane) – 6:06
  6. "Live Motivator" (Featuring Percy Tragedy) – 4:45
  7. "Duck Alert" (Featuring Craig G) – 4:12
  8. "Simon Says" (Featuring Masta Ace & Action) – 4:02
  9. "Freedom" (Featuring MC Shan) – 4:27
  10. "Wack Itt" (Featuring Roxanne Shanté) – 4:45


Guest performers


Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 163
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 25


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 14, 1989). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  3. ^ - In Control, Vol. 1
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  6. ^ Muhammad, Ali Shaheed; Frannie Kelley. "Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling". NPR. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Marley Marl Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Marley Marl Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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