Saturday, November 28, 2015

A look back on "Black Collar" on it's 1 year Anniversary...

Today marks a year since my last album "Black Collar" dropped. In my personal opinion, it is my best work to date, & though it's only my second highest selling project (after "Trap Hop"), it is the most critically acclaimed. It got me on stages with Common & Jay Electronica, & it had me headlining my first 11 city tour that I booked myself, headlining/featuring in cities & states I'd never been to before.  It was the album that got me on the cover of 225 Magazine (a place where you never see rappers). It was the first project that had me in talks with record label A&R's, it was the project that ultimately led to my current situation with Grand Union.

In one particular interview, I told the interviewer that this album was my first "grown man" project, meaning, I didn't make it for myself, & people like myself, but it STILL was able to translate to people who don't live like me. It was the perfect mixture of Black empowerment raps, battle rhymes, soul bearing verses, fun loving family guy scenarios, and the turn up. I came into this project wanting to make a proper album that reflected who I am and what I stand for as both Marcel P. Black & Bryan Marcel Williams, the teacher, father, husband, friend, son, etc.

I pretty much made this album in vacuum. While "Trap Hop" was strongly influenced by the youth I worked with, and the music they listened too, I didn't care about any of that with "Black Collar." At the same time, I overstand that there couldn't be songs like "Bad Man" or "Break Bread" without "Trap Hop," & no "Revolution on The Radio" or "Another Way 2 Pray" without "Black Soul." "Black Collar" as an album is a sum of it all my 7 previous releases put together, finally finding the voice where I can create with 100% comfort. It was a project I never second guessed any songs, bc I fully felt I knew WTF I was doing. When I saw that the people bought into the concept of what "Black Collar" was an ideology well before the album dropped, I knew the project was gonna be successful. 

Now that I'm signed to Grand Union, I now again feel that pressure. Not the pressure, to go platinum, to sell out the first week, not to do a 200 city tour, etc., but I feel the pressure to create a better piece of art that touches people on a deeper level, that people find more enjoyment from, than this album I created from the depths of my soul that is "Black Collar."

Big s/o to all the producers that game me amazing production on the album, & HUGE SHOUT OUT to my engineer Tre Pullen III of Knuance World LLC. We did the whole album, but knew it wasn't bumpin, then went back & made a classic (I couldn't have done it without him). Most importantly, thank you to all my fans, fam, supporters who believed in "Black Collar 5 Point Program," & was able to apply to their everyday lives. There will never be a sequel to "Black Collar," but it's spirit will be in everything that I do from here forward. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix eh?



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grand Union Media "Presents One" Out Now

I'm very proud to announce the first album on my label, Grand Union Media, is now available on iTunes & all digital retailers right now!!! The compilation is title "Presents One," & it features songs from all the emcees on the roster, plus production from Statik Selektah, Hannibal King, J57, & even a guest verse from DMV heavyweight Substantial.


1. Fleetwood Fred- Shoot Like Me
2. Jabee- Exhausted
3. Chopps- 4 Horsemen
4. Stik Figa- High
5. Medaforacle- The Cycle
6. Marcel P. Black- Where I Stay (ft. Substantial)
7, Chopps- On Me
8, Fleetwood Fred- For My Hawks
9. Jabee- Fortune
10. Cash Lansky- Walking With The Universe

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Marcel P. Black signs with Grand Union Media Group

If you know me, you know I've been on this indie grind for a long time, & I'm still a work in progress. I signed my first deal when I was 19, got out when I was 23. In 2013, I was offered 2 deals, neither of them came to fruition. 

Today, I gladly announce, that I Marcel P. Black, have decided to take my talents to Grand Union Media Group, an upstart media group designed to empower indie artists by taking their art around the globe. I will be releasing my next album thru them, and much much more.

In addition to myself, Grand Union Media Group has a roster of dope emcee's from all over the country including, Stik Figa, Fleetwood Fred, Jabee, Medaforacle, Cash Lansky, & Chopp, all representing the South, East Coast, West Coast, & Mid West respectively. Our debut compilation EP "Presents One" drops on Thanksgiving day on all online digital retailers. It will contain original music by all of the above mentioned artists, & boasts stellar production from underground heavyweights as such as Statik Selektah, Hannibal King, & J57.

Allah Mahabe....

BR Hip-Hop Project Presents: "Hip-Hop Is Alive" (3 Year Anniversary Concert) @ The Spanish Moon Saturday December 12th

BR Hip-Hop Project Presents:

Hip-Hop Is Alive (Three Year Anniversary Concert)

Live @ Spanish Moon Saturday December 12th

Performances by:

Marcel P. Black (Baton Rouge, LA)

Supastition (Greenville, NC)

Jason Da Hater (Memphis, TN)

IL Duce (Baton Rouge, LA)

Made Groceries (New Orleans, LA)

All music provided by Go DJ Automatik

Doors: 9:00 PM
Cover: $10
Dress Code: Hip-Hop Fresh

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