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Meet ProfoundSounds, The Team Behind Mark Steele And No Malice’s ‘Grace of God’


Shelby Arrington, Jamaal Castang, Danilo Nunez, and Mikhail White are ProfoundSounds, the architects behind Mark Steele and No Malice’s “Grace of God” single. On October 19th, Steele shares the first installment in his It’s Been A Minute extras series, introducing the production team that made his collaboration with one half of the legendary Clipse duo possible. Responsible for Skillz’s “2010 Rap Up,” No Malice’s “Hear Ye Him,” “Bury That,” and five of the ten tracks on the rapper’s latest album Let The Dead Bury The Dead, ProfoundSounds connected Steele and No Malice after producing records for Steele’s sophomore album that didn’t make the cut.

“Grace of God” is from Mark Steele’s new album It’s Been A Minute, released Friday, October 12. With guest appearances from No Malice and G. Yamazawa, and production by Khrysis, the project serves as Steele’s full-length follow-up to his lauded sophomore album Almost Time.

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.

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