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Marley Marl

A fact generally glossed over by anyone who isn’t a historian, Marley Marl innovated production by discovering the idea of sampling drums. Changing the way hip-hop was made forever, he was the man behind golden age powerhouse Cold Chillin’ Records. Producing full albums for the likes of Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, his most notable hits include “The Symphony” and “Eric B. is President,”, not to mention all of LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out. Other formerly popular acts to benefit from Marley’s influence were Roxanne Shante, Lords Of The Underground and Capone-N-Noreaga.

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