(AllHipHop News) Mark Steele is continuing his mission of shining a light on soulful Southern Hip Hop. The former member of the rap duo Mic&Rep lets loose the new clip for “So Long” off his recent project.
“‘So Long’ was the first song we recorded for Almost Time. Soon as Mv Riot played it for me, I knew this was how I wanted to start the album,” says Steele. “The first verse’s inspiration was drawn from how people treated me right after ‘Greatness’ blew up.”The North Carolina-based rhymer saw “Greatness” get placement on ESPN’s SportsCenter. In addition, his “Not Like Yall” was featured on ESPN2’s First Take.
Steele’s discography also includes collaborations with 9th Wonder, Rapsody, and Cory Gunz. Even with those accomplishments, Mark is still not content on his current status in the game.
“I would see random people at the store or comments online and they’d say, ‘You close, you bout to make it big!’ But honestly, I couldn’t see it the same way. They saw it at first, because my life didn’t drastically change immediately like I always envisioned,” Steele says. “The second verse was inspired by the thought of what it would truly be like when I do finally ‘make it big.’ The uncertainty of what’s really ahead. A third person introspective pitch, almost warning myself about things I need to watch out for.”
He continues, “After the song was finished, the title of the album was created; we knew it was ‘Almost Time.'”
Watch AllHipHop.com’s premiere of Mark Steele’s “So Long” below.