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4. Dawn To-Day: A Chat with One of Hip Hop's Founders

Library Reading Room 150 Massachusetts Avenue

Jason Orr
CEO / Producer, FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival

Jason Orr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, marketing consultant, cultural arts curator and festival producer, most notably, FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival and Life Arts Documentary Film Festival + Music Conference.

He’s the director, writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade”, producer of the award-winning “Maynard” documentary on former Atlanta mayor and visionary, Maynard Jackson, producer/director of “Stepping Into Tomorrow’ and director of “Hoodwinked: The Nigga Factory,” a web series produced by Speech of Arrested Development.

Marley Marl
DJ, Producer, Air Personality, Music Publisher

No words have held truer for Marlon Williams aka DJ MARLEY MARL!  Who knew that “Queensbridge” would be the living estuary that became a Hip Hop Music Mecca, and the beginning of a career lasting until today.  The streets in the neighborhood read like the Wall Street Journal; information coming and going.  Word begins to bubble about this kid making beats and recording in his sister’s apartment.  Hip Hop is in its infancy and this was the beginning of real production as well as major outlets beginning to understand that radio listeners wanted something different.  In 1985, John Rivas aka Mr. Magic along with the show’s then producer Tyrone Williams or better known as “Fly Ty” and DJ Marley Marl, made an alliance that changed Hip Hop forever.  Here is where the legendary radio show “The Rap Attack” on WBLS was born.  More than a show, the energy that it channeled through its listeners helped galvanize a budding Hip Hop movement. Though these actions it set the foundation for one of the most successful Hip Hop labels yet to be born, Cold Chillin’ Records.  Marley Marl is synonymous with pioneering the DJ / Producer model.  His musical creations and the artists yet to be known had seemingly humble beginnings.  These artists that were born of the underground did not reside there for long. They would go from “around the way…to around the world!” Marley Marl would become know as the go-to man when it came to creating hit records.  From Eric B and Rakim to Roxanne Shante, Big Daddy Kane to the “Diabolical” Biz Markie. Marley’s production and executive prowess grew into a production deal with Warner Bros., and became a major influencer to many notable producers including but not limited to The RZA, DJ Premiere, Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor, and Pete Rock to name a few.  His discography includes such creations as “In Control Volume 1 & 2,” the notable “Hip Hop Lives” with KRS-One, and the mega-hit album “Mama Said Knock You Out” with LL Cool J.  Marley’s production catalog includes well over 1,000 produced and or written songs counting.  DJ Marley Marl still graces the airwaves of New York City every day at 12 noon on the legendary 107.5 WBLS, where his sound, style, and music still resonates on the soundtrack of “A City That Never Sleeps!”

Prince Charles Alexander - Moderator
Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music

Prince Charles Alexander is a sought-after recording and mixing engineer whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has multiple Grammy Awards and nominations. He holds an adjunct instructor position at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, has taught audio technology at the Institute of Audio Research, and is a frequent lecturer at the City College of New York in Manhattan.

He teaches advanced production and mixing at Berklee. From the early to mid 80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group, Prince Charles and the City Beat Band. Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.

Come and learn from one of Hip Hop’s finest, DJ Marley Marl, who not only rapped, produced, and worked with the hottest rappers in the game (Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, LL Cool ), but introduced the culture to The Art of the Sample: getting pieces of songs off vinyl records and into a drum machine.