Meat Meet 10: Marcel P. Black
Sunday February 28th, 2021 4-6 pm
MARCEL P BLACK
The Non-Traditional Conscious Emcee
Performance and Interview
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From Houston Press (2020)
For the uninitiated, we asked Black to describe what he does. We got two answers.
“The short answer is my name is Marcel P. Black and I make conscious rap for gang members,” he said with a laugh. “The long answer is Marcel P. Black, born in southern Oklahoma, I came to Baton Rouge in 2002 for college and I’ve been here for the most part ever since. Grew up in the church. My father was a gospel singer so he was my first influence as an artist.
“I’m a country boy, but I’m a true-blue hip-hop head,” he continued. “I’ve worked pretty intensively in the community here in Baton Rouge as a youth development worker, mental health counselor, teacher – now I teach a hip-hop and social justice class. I’ve done a lot of work primarily with young black males, youth development and basically being a youth advocate. That’s kind of my focus and it pretty much is reflected in my music.”
From the pulpits and street corners of Ardmore, OK comes Bryan Marcel Williams I aka Marcel P. Black (the emcee). Once a member of a underground hip hop collective, Black ventured out into solo territories and has been on a steady mission to revolutionize the way you think of, listen to and view hip hop music. Though inspired by multiple musical genres and great emcees, Black’s greatest influence as a hip hop artist can be found within himself. An ever evolving entity, Marcel P. Black at one time or another has been a misguided soul influenced by gang culture, an athlete, a band geek, a militant and a mentor but at all times has been authentically a man, authentically him.