North Carolina emcee Mark Steele has experienced just about all of life’s ebbs and flows along the road to success in the rap game. A few years removed from the momentum of his Sports Center theme song “Greatness,” the rapper has managed to not only stay afloat, but also make some big strides. On October 12th, the rapper released one of his sharpest and most focused projects to date, It’s Been A Minute. With guest appearances from No Malice of Clipse and G. Yamazawa, and production by Khrysis, the album contains Steele’s personal tales of homelessness and coming-of-age in his hometown of Durham, North Carolina.
Arriving just two weeks shy of the two year anniversary of his lauded sophomore album Almost Time, It’s Been A Minute serves as Steele’s third full-length solo outing. To celebrate the big release, No Malice will join Steele at DROM tonight in New York City for a special co-headlining show.
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Best known for his ESPN Sports Center anthem “Greatness,” North Carolina emcee Mark Steele imbues a gritty, fervid sound that has been long lost since the late ’90s, early 2000’s. Bred into the culture since the tender age of 15, he has already collaborated with some of hip hop’s top names, including his mentor and former college professor 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Raheem Devaughn, Big Pooh (of Little Brother), YMCMB artist Cory Gunz, and more.
Steele’s debut album Sumthin For The Wait (2014) boasted his hit “Not Like Yall,” which was featured on ESPN’s morning debate show “First Take” and played throughout the month of March 2014 in celebration of March Madness. Soon after Steele’s ESPN hit “Greatness” (from his History Repeats EP) ran its course, Steele released the highly anticipated album, Almost Time (2016), which proved to be the most important album of his rising career thus far.
With production from Grammy award winning producers Carvin and Ivan, the project’s lead single “Big Dreams” was featured on Ebro’s Beats 1 #DiscoveredOnAppleMusic segment, and the album’s Rapper Big Pooh-assisted single “Ain’t Real” aired on Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy (Beats 1). Look for Steele’s refreshing sound to push the culture forward, on his way to becoming a leader of hip hop’s new generation.