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Marcel P. Black / Press

“The label “conscious rapper” can be almost a slur, but that doesn’t faze rapper Bryan Marcel Williams, who makes music under the name Marcel P. Black. “I don’t care. Nobody criticizes mainstream rappers for glamorizing black death or black violence, misogyny or rape,” Williams said. Williams, a 32-year-old Southern University Graduate from Oklahoma, has been rapping since his cousins taught him LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad,” at six years old. At 18 years old, Williams started recording music with rap group The Outland. The son of a social worker and a juvenile probation officer, social issues have always been on his mind.”

Gordon Brillon - The Advocate

“This rap artist hopes to send youngsters positive messages through his lyrics A spitfire lyricist who treads on an ardent love for history and a desire for social justice, Marcel P. Black dropped his first solo EP just three days before his first child was born. Now, nearly five years later, the married dad of two has not slowed down. “Fatherhood affects everything,” Black says. “It makes me take a lot more things seriously.” Black has released five EPs and two full-length records since 2010. Recorded a year ago and released last fall, Black Collar is his most personal collection of songs to date. It’s a real statement record about where he is in his life as a 31-year-old who wants to influence young people drowned in the sounds and often-negative messages of modern hip-hop. Black says he approached the album as a grown man. “It was real work,” he says. The acclaimed indie was celebrated recently with a raucous performance at Lagniappe Records.”

Jeff Roedel - 225 Magazine

“There are a lot of things that the "P" in Marcel P. Black can stand for, and judging by "Black Collar" I can say all of them are fitting: passionate, positive, productive, persistent, preacher, pro-black, potent and powerful. One bio describes Black as "gangster rapper meets baptist deacon" and I think that sums up his style nicely - but if it doesn't then the song "Work" and the interlude before it certainly do. Black vows that you can be smarter, sexier or more talented than him - but you will never ever work harder than he does. "I wake up early in the mornin while the rooster steady callin Ain't no time for sleepin late, gotta put some food up on these plates For my babies and my wife, gotta get my people straight... And there's guap to be got, so I gotta get it poppin So I gotta stay sharp, never ever am I sloppy When I'm out'chea on the block, tryin to take it to the top"”

Steve Juon - RapReview.com

“Family man. Historian. Story-teller. Artist. These words describe the persona that is hip hop artist Marcel P. Black. Combining conscious hip hop with street edge and southern comfort, Black delivers music that is much more than a simple song. Having grown up in the streets and pulpits of Oklahoma, Black moved to Louisiana to attend Southern University, and began making waves. Merging classic styles of hip hop with the nostalgia of profanity-free rhymes, Black offers music that true hip hop lovers can enjoy. On WAX caught up with Black while he was on break in Oklahoma.”

Margeaux Johnson - On Wax Magazine

“Marcel P. Black's Trap Hop EP informs listeners about the other side of trap music. Marcel P. Black wants to clear up any misconceptions about the trap mentality. The Oklahoma/Louisiana repper has plenty more to say about today's hood condition. With Trap Hop EP, Black goes solo this time around. The EP's main focus: the monetization of hood violence and how lack of education and mentoring leads to the ongoing struggle against violence within the "trap".”


“Local MC and Ardmore, Okla. native Bryan Marcel Williams, better known as Marcel P. Black, is putting a brand new twist on the constantly changing genre of hip-hop.”

Patrick Gunther - Dig Magazine