Marley Marl

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Marley Marl
Marlon Williams aka Dj Marley Marl.jpg
Marley Marl in Nottingham, England 1999
Background information
Birth name Marlon Williams
Born (1962-09-30) September 30, 1962 (age 55)
New York City, New York, United States
Origin Queensbridge, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer, rapper, record executive
Instruments Sampler, drum machine, vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Cold Chillin', Warner Bros., Def Jam Records, Barely Breaking Even

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. He is credited with influencing a number of Hip Hop icons such as RZA, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock.[1] 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.



  • 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)

Popular culture[edit]

Marl was referenced on Biggie Smalls' track "Juicy" as being one of Smalls' early influences.[2]


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