Marley Marl Featuring McShan* ‎– Marley Marl Scratch

NIA Records ‎– NI 1248
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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Published by MMI Publishing/West Kenya Music.

2nd Commercial Press (featuring McSHAN).

This version can be distinguished from the other 1985 pressing by MC Shan's credit, which appears on the other version as "featuring DJ Shan".

The definitive way to tell the difference between an original pressing and an unofficial reissued version is to look at the runout groove — only the original release has both the Sound Makers stamp on both sides and the "AMP" with a five-pointed star etching on side A.

Código de Barras y Otros Identificadores

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): NI 1248 AS
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): NI 1248 BS
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side A [machine-stamped + hand-etched]): *PRESSED AT SOUND MAKERS,*N.J. AMP ☆ NI-1248-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area side B [machine-stamped + hand-etched]): *PRESSED AT SOUND MAKERS,*N.J. NI-1248-B
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Otras Versiones (5 de 6) Ver Todos

Cat. nº Artista Título (Formato) Sello Cat. nº País Año
PBB-7005 Marley Marl Featuring MC Shan Marley Marl Featuring MC Shan - Marley Marl Scratch(7") Five Day Weekend PBB-7005 US 2010 Vender esta versión
NI 1248 Marley Marl Featuring McShan* Marley Marl Featuring McShan* - Marley Marl Scratch(12", Promo) NIA Records NI 1248 US 1985 Vender esta versión
NI 1248 Marley Marl Featuring M.C. Shan* Marley Marl Featuring M.C. Shan* - Marley Marl Scratch(12", TP) NIA Records NI 1248 US 1985 Vender esta versión
NI 1248 Marley Marl Featuring DJ Shan* Marley Marl Featuring DJ Shan* - Marley Marl Scratch(12") NIA Records NI 1248 US 1985 Vender esta versión
NI 1248 Marley Marl Featuring DJ Shan* Marley Marl Featuring DJ Shan* - Marley Marl Scratch(12", RE, Unofficial) NIA Records (2) NI 1248 US Unknown Vender esta versión


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16 de diciembre de 2018
editado about 1 month ago
Before commenting on this 1985 record, I have to contextualize what the hip-hop landscape was like up to that point.

Between 1979 and 1982, for example, Rap groups recorded "real bands", that is, they used bass and drum riffs to imitate sounds that would come from famous samples in the minds of people who frequented hip- hop. When Grand Master Flash recorded "The Adventures" in 1981, it was the first time people heard "a record in another record".

Over time, Rap's process of composition improved and the music became more diverse. The bands disappeared and the studio equipment began to dominate the productions. That was the age of the drum machine. It all started with the roland used in "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force in 1982. In that period, it also symbolizes a special moment in the production of hip-hop: the rite of passage between the sound made by "bands "for electronic drums such as Oberheim DMX, Linn Drum and Roland Tr-808, and in 1984, some sounds had only electronic drums, rap and scratch; the sounds of this Electro Rap song added melodies created by synthesizers and vocoders in this equation, but what dominated was the heavy beat.

DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC had the idea of ​​using the song "Scratchin '" from the Magic Disco Machine group as an element in the development of their scratch. Again, we were listening to a record in another record. The idea of ​​Jam Master Jay, in a way, inspired the sampling boom of the following years; the technological advent of emulator samples pieced together this idea in the mid-1980s. But another artist was definitive in the rite of passage from the era of drum machines to samples: Marley Marl.

Marley Marl was very important in shaping the way modern hip-hop records are created. After all, he is the artist who introduced the sample of hip-hop production. And this discovery was the result of an accident. An accident that made Marley Marl widely recognized in the history of hip-hop through his pioneering in the art of samples.

During his internship at Unique Studios, Marley Marl did some stunt work. And among them, he remixed Captain Rock's singles as "Cosmic Blast" in 1984; when doing the remix, realized that the box beat was picked up by the sampler. While playing the sample over a beat, he realized that in the sampler, the drum beat sounded better than the original beat. At this point Marley Marl realized the importance of his discovery. In this way, he realized that he could use drum riffs from any record of his collection, from a Soul / Funk classic like James Brown, or from a record from another country; everything could be incorporated into a musical creation with the advent of the sample. At that point, he left his internship position in the studio, bought three samplers, and set off to start producing records following the sample's musical premises. Then began to look at the modern sound of hip-hop.

This record - "Marley Marl Scratch" - symbolizes the beginning of this form of hip-hop production. In this case, Marley Marl experienced a great drum loop from a James Brown song then superimposed with another drum loop from another song by James Brown. And their contributions made a strong impact on hip-hop, from Mc Shan to Roxanne Shante, from Big Daddy Kane to Kool G. Rap, and changed the status quo of that moment.

One note: Many have said over the years that Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock" track, released in 1982, was the first to use samples; but anyone who searches deeply will see that "Planet Rock" uses elements of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" through composite melody through synthesizers, not through samplers; other people say that "1982's" Fearless Four "Rockin 'It" has samples from Kraftwerk's "Mean Machine". However, this theory has not been proven and I have my doubts about it, given that the technology at that time did not allow sampling in this way. Between 1984 and 1985, however, the samplers allowed this musical evolution. If you have any theory, history or comment on this, please share here in this review.



2 de abril de 2018
There are indeed two versions of the Original pressing, both with sound maker stamps and one saying DJ Shan and one MC Shan. I have both and owned them at least 20 years I never noticed the difference until people started talking about the bootleg.


21 de septiembre de 2011
id be shocked if they where coz theres none on eny promo and ya think there would reissue 2007-8 my mate had them shipped when they bootleg them thanks


18 de abril de 2006
editado over 12 years ago
The bootleg of this says DJ Shan on it; originals say MC Shan. However there are also originals which say DJ Shan! Check the runout groove for the Sound Makers stamp to check whether its an original or not!