Marley Marl Recalls Making "Eric B. Is President” & "My Melody”

During a weeklong recording session, Marl also had a hand in producing records for Biz Markie and MC Shan.

Marley Marl previously stated that he produced the Eric B. and Rakim tracks “Eric B. Is President” and “My Melody” off 1987's Paid in Full, a claim Eric later denied. While he may have only served as engineer, Marl recalled giving Rakim a shot after Eric, his roommate at the time, asked for studio time to lay down tracks with the up-and-coming rapper.

“Eric B., he was my roommate with me over in Queensbridge. He used to see a lot of cats come in and really start bubbling. He was like, ‘Yo Marl man, I got some dudes who can do this too. Let me get a day in the studio,’” he told Brooklyn Bodega's Wes Jackson. “He was like, ‘OK, my man’s coming today.’ So we sitting and his man never showed up. ‘Yo, where’s your man at?’ The first man who never showed up was Freddie Foxx. Yo man, I got my other dude form Long Island. He’s dope, I’m telling you. That nigga nice. We’ll give you another shot.”

Over the next week, Marl ended up having a hand in the cuts “My Melody” and “Eric B. Is President,” as well as Biz Markie’s “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz” and MC Shan's “The Bridge.”

“Rakim comes in, rhyming slow, he made ‘My Melody’ first. So collectively, we both had the ideas for the song but I physically put it together. For ‘Eric B. Is President’ and ‘My Melody.’ We made ‘Make the Music With Your Mouth,’ ‘Eric B Is President,’ ‘The Bridge’... I used to call it the sound of the week, so I used to have the kick and snare in the sample. Whatever songs I was making that week had that kick and snare in it.”

Check the three-part interview below, where he also touches on his beginnings and helping to relaunching LL Cool J’s career.

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  • West Philly

    *more publicity* is what I meant

  • West Philly

    I sware...Marley Marl never gets enough credit for being one of the greatest Hip Hop producers of all-time. He seems to be the one legendary producer that always seems to get lost in the shuffle. Have they even honored him at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors yet? The man is a pioneer and has produced countless Hip Hop classics. I wished he would get publicity so younger Hip Hop fans would know just how amazing he was to fans my age.

  • insanemacbeth

    you can tell that MARLEY MARL produced the records, just by the way the kicks & snares are eq-ed, on both of those early RAKIM records. s.m.h.

  • Javier Martinez

    Thanks for posting my vids!!! This site is my fav and it's an honor. But peep the Vimeo page for the higher quality versions, my dude! Peace.

  • H.I.T.T.M.A.N.

    Marley Marl always had the talent & know how to make a beat crisp,bangin` & gutter all at once. What people give Dr. Dre props for in modern day Marley Marl was doin` in the mid & late 80`s. RESPECT DUE!!!

  • Mr Flamboyant

    True indeed. Just another example of Marley Marl's GOATness!!! And let's speak on the fraudlent Eric B for a minute. Eric Barrier might say this man is lying (Marley Marl) just as he will say that man is lying (Large Pro...refer to the ghost production statements and actual audible proof on Kool G Rap's Wanted Dead Or Alive LP)... but when you use that tool inside your skull, you'll realize that this nigga hasn't produced ish. Ever since his Eric B and Rakim days... and quite frankly, we know more and more daily that he didn't produced all of those tracks in the first place. And everyone wondered why the god Rakim said "And no I don't f*** with Eric B no more"... Shout out to the whole entire QB and Juice Crew and furthermore all of Queens. Queens has been solidifying their legacy and imprint forever and a day. Cats gotta remember that MC Shan actually provided the soundbed and platform for KRS-One and the Bronx simply by letting him battle. Peace.

  • Anonymous

    That is indeed a fact! Marley Marl is the G.O.A.T.! And the Juice Crew roster was insane with talent. But you youngsters wouldn't know about that so i'll let you guys get back to Odd Future, who's fucking Amber, beef-beef-beef, blah-blah-blah...

  • Alex Luzuriaga

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff,

  • Scorpion

    Those who are old enough know that Marley Marl is the GOAT! There is no Dr Dre, no Pete Rock, no Premo, nobody without Marley!

    • insanemacbeth

      to both SCORPION, and 'ANONYMOUS' ^^^^^^^, i'm not sure about the G.O.A.T. while MARLEY MARL had the best drumz eq-wise, at the time; CED-GEE was the best chopper of samples, especially on ULTRAMAGNETIC MCS' "CRITICAL BEATDOWN" album. MARLEY MARL is defo ONE of the reel (pun intended) all-time great hip-hop producers, though!

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Paid in Full was produced entirely by marley, a new sound where Rakim, Biz and shan's(juice crew) production was very simular, "circa 86" Would'nt expect alot of comments on such "ground breaking" moments in hip hop..the real golden era

    • Anonymous

      It's "pivotal" that these young artist's study Marley's work to enable them to understand hip hop in any kind of sense at all!!

  • Raidtimedope

    ch-check out my meldoy. can't be fucked with nigga!

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