When creating a hip-hop song, a certain formula can often be followed in order to obtain a successful outcome. Head nodding beat, in this case provided by Joe On The Track…check. Recognizable sample, insert Cee-Lo Green from his Goodie Mob years…..check. Notable guest appearance, say hello again to Kamikaze from Mississippi’s pioneer hip-hop duo, Crooked Lettaz. Bars as it pertains to conditions that are identifiable with a wide audience, Baton Rouge’s Marcel P Black offers that in abundance, so……..check. What you get here is “My Mind”, the latest song to get the video treatment off Black’s Cry Freedom out now on Grand Union Media. The video was shot on location in Jackson, MS, which Marcel P Black considers one of his second homes. If you have not had a chance to check out Cry Freedom, click one of the links below and listen. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Cop it and support someone who is out here speaking for his people. Also of note, the video was shot and edited by Theca Jones!
Click here: Marcel P Black – Cry Freedom
Marcel P Black links up with St. Louis emcee Tef Poe for the latest release from Marcel’s forthcoming Cry Freedom album. Joe On The Track, who produced the entire project, samples the unforgettable Terrible Tom theme song from the 1975 film “Boss N*****” which starred Fred Williamson and D’Urville Martin.
For those familiar with the movie, they would know that the pairing of Marcel and Tef Poe works perfectly. If the first single from the album, “Where I Stay”, is Marcel’s declaration of where he comes from, “Boss” is the complementary track for where he’s headed and who he’s bringing with him. This track definitely has that throw back Dead Prez feel to it, so you know the nod and repeat factors here are on 10. Both emcees come from the front lines when it comes to fighting police brutality against black men and women and as Marcel points out they are willing to take the fight all the way to the white house. If you are like me and grew up a fan of Public Enemy, PRT, Paris, The Coup, etc then “Boss” is not up your alley, it is your alley. I am definitely looking forward to what else is in store when Cry Freedom drops this summer.
Marcel P Black is preparing for the release of his next project titled Cry Freedom, which will be dropped on Grand Union Media Group this Spring. The entire album is produced by Baton Rouge producer Joe on the Track. While we await for the LP, Marcel drops some visuals for the debut track from it. “Where I Stay” features North Carolina native, Substantial, and a dope Pimp C vocal sample. The beat is funky, like really funky, like the kind of funky you would play for someone and their face would stay scrunched up the entire time they listen. Marcel’s signature street meets educator meets historian style is on full display here. While Substantial provides an excellent balance with his laid back and seamless rhyming patterns. Now, join me in eager anticipation for Cry Freedom to drop.
While in town for a couple shows, Marcel P. Black took time to discuss his latest project Black Collar, which is out now. While setting up for a performance at Offbeat in Jackson for Homework Town and Elegant Trainwreck‘s 2nd anniversary show, Marcel sits down with Garrad Lee (Homework Town Records) and gives us some insight into the the work that went in to and concept of the album.
Marcel P Black described his forthcoming album Black Collar as more about being a conscious brother trying to do right by my family, my community, & finances. The album is dropping on November 28th, also known as Black Friday to you victims of capitalism. Put this album on your Christmas list and provide a copy to all your friends. It is the gift which will keep on giving.
Below you will find the lead single and title track “Black Collar”, produced by Chi-town producer J Filly. The Oklahoma born, Baton Rouge resident breaks introduces us to his definition of Black Collar on this head nodding track. While you are waiting on Black Collar to drop head over to Marcel’s Bandcamp page and download his previous albums, you will not be disappointed.
Marcel P. Black will be delivering to the world his new album Black Collar this year. “Live My Love” is first track from it and is produced by Baton Rouge’s Tezz. Featuring gritty and honest lyricism over a slowed down Millie Jackson sample, the song is a certified banger. The formula is there and the album will certainly be on your don’t miss list for 2014. We’ll keep you posted on developments on the album but for now run over to Marcel’s Bandcamp page by clicking the link below and pick up the single. Get hip to the #BlackCollar movement. Put the song on a cd or iPod or whatever medium you listen to music on when you’re driving. Roll the windows down in your car and blast it as loud as your stereo will go. Then wait for the approving nods from onlookers and passer-bys.
DOWNLOAD: MARCEL P. BLACK – LIVE MY LOVE
September 11, brings up many emotions, some controversial, some sad, some anger, but on September 11th, 2012 Marcel p Black will attempt to share some of his own emotions with his new album iLuvHERToo. If the title track is any indication, we are all in for a treat.
Marcel gets ready to drop his The 1rst Born project on May 22nd.