Rockwell Noel Claims He’s Owed $7.5M From Hip-Hop Producer Marley Marl For Bootlegging
According to HHNLive, representatives of producer Rockwell Noel issued cease and desist letters to TuffCity Records and Marley Marl on June 1st for the bootlegging, counterfeiting and unauthorized release of two songs, “Taking U Out” and “Beat-U-Down” that were said to have played an integral role in the Queensbridge/South Bronx beef of the 80s.
Hip-Hop producer Marley Marl “Marlon Williams” who recently suffered a heart-attack on June 5, 2007, was the former producer of the Juice Crew (Marley Marl, MC Shan, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Craig G, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, DJ Polo) and recently released “Hip Hop Lives,” a collaborative album with hip-hop pioneer KRS-One, who was on the other side of the Queensbridge/South Bronx (Bridge Wars) beef along with Boogie Down Productions.
Reportedly, Rockwell Noel grew up in the same building as Marley Marl in Queensbridge and sources state that Rockwell Noel was the actual brains behind the creation of the songs, “Taking U Out” and “Beat-U-Down”.
Reportedly, Rockwell Noel was not compensated for the unauthorized releases and re-releases of the songs and representatives for the producer claim that he is owed $7.5 million in unpaid royalties.