Recently in news headlines for his work in the music industry is Marley Marl after receiving the “I Am Hip-Hop” award at the BET Awards with Eminem praising his work, while LL COOL J and Rakim paid tribute to the DJ during the BET Hip Hop Award.
Marley is also making headlines for his contribution to the hip-hop genre of music that he has worked on for a long time after gaining interest in music. Born in New York City on September 30, 1962, Marley Marl, originally Marlon Lu’Ree Williams, is a professional DJ, rapper, and record label founder.
The hip-hop singer has been a music sensation for a long time and has finally received recognition for his work in the industry. Marley started his career with an interest in electronica while interning at Unique Recording Studios, where he had the opportunity to experiment with very expensive samplers, including Fairlight CMI.
Marley became a DJ for DJ Mr. Magic, a hip-hop radio DJ after he heard Marley’s remix of Buffalo Girls by Malcolm McLaren. In 1984, Marley had his big break with Roxanne Shante’s hit track “Roxanne’s Revenge,” followed by “Marley Marl Scratch” featuring MC Shan.
Marley, with Mr Magic, started Juice Crew, an American hip-hop collective that had several New York-based artists housed by Cold Chillin Records, owned by Tyrone Williams. The Juice Crew started gaining attention from mainstream publishers, with magazines like Spin writing about the Crew having produced some of the genre’s most uncompromising and toughest music.
Well, everything isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Marley had to file a suit against Cold Chillin for unpaid royalties, and for people unaware of what royalty is, it is a legally binding payment a company has to give to an artist for using their music and works.
Some of Marley Marl’s known music albums include In Control, Volume 1, Re-Entry, Hip Hop Heroes, Best Of Cold Chillin, Operation Take Back Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop Lives. Marley Marl is currently single and focusing on his career as a DJ.
Marley Marl’s Net Worth
The Symphony and Oochie Wally singer, Marley Marl is suspected to enjoy an estimated net worth of $5 million, most of which comes from his career as a successful DJ and record label founder. Marley worked as an in-house producer for Cold Chillin and used to earn $250,000 per year for his work in production during his years with Juice Crew in Cold Chillin.
Marly has an estimated earning of $866,666 on a yearly basis, with $72,222 every month. The DJ makes around $16,666 on a weekly basis and $2,374 daily. Marley earns a large part of his net worth through royalties, for which he had to sue Cold Chillin Record label.
Marley enjoys a massive following on social media platforms, with 56 K followers on Instagram, which he uses to his advantage. Marley uses his Instagram to keep his fans updated on his upcoming events and music to entice them into buying tickets to events featuring Marley as a DJ.
The DJ and record producer has done a tremendous job in the industry for a long time with his unique approach towards Hip-Hop music. One of the prime sources of income for Marley is from the sale of tickets to events featuring the talented DJ as their DJ, and well, who doesn’t love Marley’s music?
A part of Marley’s income also comes from the sale of merchandise featuring the DJ and lines from his well-known music. A significant part of the DJ’s income is contributed by the royalties for his previous works.
Some Known Albums Of Marley Marl
1. In Control Volume 1
Released on September 20, 1988, In Control Volume 1 was the debut album of Marley Marl, the DJ who went on to create a sensation for several years. The album featured songs like Droppin Science, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize, Wack Itt, Freedom, and The Symphony.
Released on November 2, 2001, it was the fourth album released by Marley Marl via Barely Breaking Even. The recording session for the album took place in Chestnut Ridge’s House Of Hits and Paul’s Studio. The Hip-Hop album had a runtime of 56 minutes and featured songs like Do U Remember, Live Ova Beats, Hummin, Big Faces, So Good, and Lost Beat.
3. Hip Hop Lives
Released on May 22, 2007, Hip Hop Lives was a collaborative album by Marley and KRS-one, the American rapper. The recording sessions yet again took place in House Of Hits in New York and Los Angeles’ Westlake Recording Studios. The album had a run time of 46 minutes and featured music like It’s Alive, I Was There, Over 30, Kill A Rapper, and All Skool.