Congratulations: XXL's 12 MCs From Baton Rouge You Should Know
Hometown: Ardmore, Okla.
Notable Songs: “Stare and Whisper,” “Boss” and “Trap Hop”
Sounds Like: Killer Mike before Run The Jewels
Why You Need to Know Him: Marcel P. Black originally came to Baton Rouge by way of Oklahoma, but has established himself as one of the city’s hip-hop leaders over the past decade. In addition to cultivating the local scene, Black has become an in-demand act on the regional circuit. Black’s rise has been an unlikely one, creating conscious rap in a Baton Rouge scene largely bereft of such content. The rapper found a winning formula in recent years by moving away from boom-bap beats to more traditional southern production. The switch reached its apex last year via Black’s excellent Cry Freedom LP.