Someone who is starting to create some buzz for himself and certainly going about it right is North Carolina’s own Mark Steele. Steele, who’s been rapping for quite sometime, has been putting NC on the map; for most sports fans you might know him from ESPN’s First Take where his hit record “Greatness” served as the anthem for the show.
Steele recently visited NYC and appeared on Shade 45 linking up with DJ Enuff and The Heavy Hitters making it his first time in the studio to talk about his journey as an artist, everyday life, his relationship with 9th Wonder and new album as well as giving us a freestyle at the end. Steele dropped a project back in 2014 called Sumthin’ For The Wait with his hit record “Not Like Yall.” Fast forwarding two years later, Steele drops a new project made up of 14 tracks called Almost Time in 2016 making this one of the most important projects of his career. Before the hit records and the buzz he was a regular teen working a 9-5, attending North Carolina Central University he signed up for a class where 9th Wonder was teaching alongside Christopher “Play” Martin. Through his connections with 9th Wonder he’s worked with Big Pooh, Cory Gunz and Rapsody. Aside from his interview Steele came prepared to finish it off with a freestyle over Little Brothers’ “Speed.”
Showing off his gritty, fervid sound that has been long lost since the late ’90s, early 2000’s, Mark Steele came back to spit some bars with Statik Selektah on ShowOff Radio to represent NC.
You can stream Almost Time below and his interviews & freestyles above.
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