Pioneering Hip-Hop producer Marley Marl suffered a heart attack yesterday (June 5) sources told AllHipHop.com.
While details are sketchy, sources said Marley Marl, born Marlon Williams, is in a New York area hospital and is in stable condition.
Marley Marl is one of the most influential producers in the history of Hip-Hop.
In the early 80’s and 90’s, Marley crafted seminal records for rappers like Eric B. & Rakim, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, TLC, Masta Ace and Kool G. Rap.
Marley Marl’s Juice Crew was also involved in rap’s most famous feud with KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, a beef which produced a number of classic Hip-Hop singles like “The Bridge” by MC Shan and KRS One’s answer record, “The Bridge is Over.”
Marley Marl and KRS One have since ended their feud and released an album together titled Hip-Hop Lives, which was released last month via Koch Records.
Representatives for the producer would not release any details as of press time, but asked fans to pray for Marley Marl’s speedy recovery.
According to the most recent statistics released by the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) rank as the number one killer of African-Americans, with 1 in 5 suffering from some sort of CVD.