Marley Marl is unquestionably one of the greatest producers and DJs in hip hop history. His influence and importance to hip hop are undeniable, and his innovative productions and pioneering use of sampling helped define the genre.
In the second installment of Marley Marl ‘Classic Recipes,’ he shows you how he produced “Eric B. Is President” in 1986, the debut single for legendary hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. Marl talks about meeting Rakim for the first time and discusses the collaborative process with Eric B. that would yield one of the most influential hip hop tracks ever.
Marley Marl drops knowlegde about history in the making, “limitations made us what we were. We made classic hip hop in the projects, in the living room, no studio, and a 4-track. So it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at. Sometimes limitations are good.”