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Marley Marl
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Birth name

Marlon Williams


September 30, 1962 (1962-09-30) (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.


Queens, New York, U.S.


hip hop


CEO, DJ, record producer, rapper

Years active



Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros., Def Jam, Barely Breaking Even

Associated acts

Dimples D, Roxanne Shanté, Mr. Magic, Biz Markie, Juice Crew, King Tee, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Masta Ace, MC Shan, Nas, Pete Rock, Rakim

Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962), better known by his stage name Marley Marl, is an American DJ and record producer from Queens, New York. He is considered one of the most important and influential producers in the history of hip hop. He first rose to prominence as the leader of the supergroup Juice Crew. Marley Marl produced the majority of the member's debut albums, including Long Live the Kane by Big Daddy Kane, Goin' Off by Biz Markie, Road to the Riches by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and Take a Look Around by Masta Ace. Around the time of the releases of these albums, Marley Marl released his own album, In Control, Volume 1, which featured members of the Juice Crew and was moderately successful. The Juice Crew slowly disassembled in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Marley Marl would stop producing for the members.


  • 1988: In Control, Volume 1
  • 1991: In Control, Volume 2: For Your Steering Pleasure
  • 2000: Hip Hop Dictionary
  • 2001: Re-Entry
  • 2007: Hip-Hop Lives (with KRS-One)
  • 2008: Operation: Take Back Hip-Hop (with Craig G)