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Tag Archives: Marley Marl
It’s been over a week since I’ve updated this site. Like I’ve said before, I sometimes get overwhelmed by the daily grind. For the handful of cats who regularly check out Plug One, as well as the hundreds of heads who have visited it recently, apologies for stepping away for a minute.
A lot has happened, most importantly Marley Marl’s heart attack. According to an Allhiphop.com story, Marlon "Marley Marl" Williams suffered a heart attack on June 5 and was transported to a New York hospital, where he is convalescing. For those that don’t know Marley Marl’s history, the 44-year-old musician is one of the greatest beat makers in history, one of a handful that is fully deserving of G.O.A.T. status.
Marley Marl’s latest release is Hip Hop Lives, a long-awaited pairing with KRS-One.
Over a year after the announcement, KRS-One and Marley Marl have set a release date for their historic collaboration. According to an Allhiphop.com news item, Hip-Hop Lives will drop via Koch Records on May 22.
Hip-Hop Lives marks a coda to a legendary beef between one of hip-hop’s greatest MCs and one of its greatest producers. With beats by Marley Marl, who had just made his mark with Roxanne Shante’s "Roxanne’s Revenge," MC Shan released his seminal "The Bridge" in 1986 as a tribute to the two’s Queens hometown. KRS-One, then a fledgling MC in Boogie Down Productions with the late Scott La Rock, answered with "South Bronx." The two went back and forth — MC Shan dropped "Kill That Noise," and KRS-One put out "The Bridge Is Over," one of the greatest dis songs of all time. The two camps have long since patched up their differences.