With gun violence and police brutality at the fore of much discussion in 2016, North Carolina emcee Mark Steele hasn’t been one to stray from the conversation. The recent tragedy of Keith Lamont Scott in particular hit close to home for the rapper, and he expresses his sentiments in his new music video for “Turn Around.”
“Keith Lamont Scott was murdered by police, on the very next block behind where I currently live in Charlotte, NC. I’m born and raised in Durham, NC (Bull City) so being that close to murder isn’t unusual to me at all. We made “Turn Around” in the spring of 2015 at Patchwerk studios in Atlanta, GA because we were inspired by the chaos around us. Seems like every time we turn on the TV there was another killing and then another protest turned violent. All that did was trigger memories of my teenage years living in Durham, and dealing with the grief of too many of my actual friends being killed. Seemed like every time I turned around one of my classmates didn’t make it back to school on Monday. It makes me so angry to hear about another black man being killed by a cop, but instead of going out to protest or riot with the rest of the people in charlotte; I’d rather express my frustrations through art.” – Marke Steele
“Turn Around” is the third single from Steele’s forthcoming album Almost Time, slated for release October 28 and featuring guest appearances from Raheem Devaughn, and Rapper Big Pooh.
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Formerly of the North Carolina rap duo Mic&Rep
, 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
, and YMCMB artist Cory Gunz
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.
Now, fresh off the ESPN placement of his song “Greatness
” (from Steel’s History Repeats
EP) for Sports Center, Steele is set to release his most important project of his rising young career thus far.