One of the most active affiliates of the Quality Control label, Marlo, aka Lil Marlo, emerged from Atlanta in 2017 with output beside close friend and labelmate Lil Baby. He has since issued three solo mixtapes, including The Real1 (2019), and has appeared on both of QC's Control the Streets compilations.
A lifelong Atlantean, Marlo, born Rudolph Johnson, didn't consider getting involved with music until multiple acquaintances remarked that he should become a rapper. Fueled by his experiences on the streets, he was a quick study. He took part in a slew of Quality Control releases issued during the latter half of 2017. These included Lil Baby's Harder Than Hard track "Ride or Die," the full-length Lil Baby collaboration 2 the Hard Way, and a solo mixtape entitled The Wire. Additionally, he had two slots on the number five Billboard 200 entry Control the Streets, Vol. 1, featured with Lil Baby and Gucci Mane on "The Load" and showcased alone on "Live Like Dis," the finale. Within six months of 2018, Marlo was behind two more solo tapes, 9th Ward God and The Real1. The next year, he branched out with a verse on Yella Beezy's "Big Shit" and connected with City Girls and Offset for "Soakin Wet," a preview of Control the Streets, Vol. 2. Marlo died in an auto accident in Atlanta on July 11, 2020 at the age of 30. ~ Andy Kellman