Two years in the past, Mark Steele had all of the makings of a breakout second. He had garnered main placements for his music, showing in NBA and NCAA promotional cmapaigns, touchdown co-signs on Dr. Dre and Ebro Darden’s repsective Beats 1 radio reveals, and freestyling alongside the likes of Statik Selektah all whereas having the privilege of calling ninth Wonder his mentor.
Then, issues went silent. Steele would arrive with the occasional drop or two as proof of life, however all of the whereas, the silence was we heard essentially the most.
This 12 months, Steele broke the hiatus along with his Before A Minute mixtape, because the opener to his long-awaited It’s Been A Minute mission. Marking his third studio outing, It’s Been A Minute additionally makes for a vital second in Steele’s journey as he admtits that wo years in the past whereas he was getting all the foremost seems for his sophomore album Almost Time, he wasn’t utilizing his potnetial to its most.
“I recorded that album in my bed room closet. I rushed every thing,” he reveals. Although he says the mission met nice evaluations, he felt that he owed to himself and his listeners to “give 1000% effort.”
Now that effort has manifested with “It’s Been Aminute.” Linking up with the likes of No Malice (previously Malic of Clipse), G. Yamazawa and producer Khrysis, Mark Steele now ushers in a brand new narrative.
“I wanted a narrative to inform. So, I broke my lease, lived out of my automobile for six months and received a fitness center membership to take showers,” Mark reveals of the story behind his newest mission. “I did not inform anybody. I went to work each day similar to a standard individual and frolicked with family and friends like every thing was positive. It pressured me to go to a high-quality studio and document and blend with somebody higher than me. It pressured me to create music that might stamp a time interval in my life everytime I heard it. It pressured me to look outdoors my consolation zone and embrace every thing I by no means knew. I took my time, and would not cease till I received it proper.”
Mark Steele’s a long way from when he first exploded onto the scene with his ESPN SportsCenter anthem “Greatness.” Since rising in the ranks, working with the likes of Rapsody, Raheem DeVaughn and having the esteem of calling 9th Wonder his mentor, the North Carolina emcee will soon return with a third studio album in the form of It’s Been A Minute to follow up on 2016’s sophomore outing Almost Time.
But just before that arrives, he has come through with his latest tape Before A Minute. Hosted by DJ Wade Banner, the mixtape features Mark hopping over backdrops that include Khalid’s “Location,” Jay-Z’s “Imaginary Player, and Outkast’s “Elevators” as he gives listeners a taste of his resume with pointed freestyles and skilled delivery.
“It’s Been A Minute deserved a warm-up, a pre-game, an opening act, so I made sure I gave it all bars,” Steele offers up of the new effort. “And DJ Wade Banner gave it that true authentic mixtape feel, with real blends and cuts.
“Plus, we both talking that talk. It’s impossible to not be excited about the album after running this mixtape back.”
It’s Been A minute will arrive on October 12th and is currently available for pre-order. Until then, you know what to do.
Roy Williams has been a walking paragon for coaching in the amateur ranks. He quite honestly belongs in a discussion the all-time great coaches in basketball period. A good measure his skill as a teacher seems to be summed up by his win at all cost attitude, today's pregame antics a case in point.
Ahead the Tar Heels opening match in the NCAA Tournament, Williams found a ruse to drum up home support. Through the team's social media department, he posted letter template allowing fans to excuse themselves from work. The letter included Roy's signature as well as a blank space for the fan to fill out themself. The document reads as follows:
“Please excuse ________ from work today. As you are probably aware, it is ficially an unficial state holiday as the Tar Heels are beginning their run in the NCAA tournament. ________ will need to save all their energy and positive vibes for the game.”
The game is currently at the halfway mark with North Carolina sporting a comfortably lead over the low seeded Lipscomb Bisons. Although we'll never how much an advantage he may have gained with this ploy, the Tar Heels will always be heavy betting favorite as long as Roy is at the helm.
Tune in for the second half if you can.
It was that time ear again as celebrities far and wide descended upon Charlotte, North Carolina for CIAA Tournament Week. The festivities are an annual basketball tournament held by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference that mainly consists Division II level historically black colleges and universities.
One the events taking place Friday night was the Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne-hosted party at the Queen City’s Oak Room as the two rappers reunited during an outing that included guests such as Pierre “Pee” Thomas Quality Control, model Bernice Burgos, and nightlife magnates Alex Gidewon and Michael Gardner. The two emcees posted together for a few pictures that naturally evoked plenty inquiries on sequels to popular cuts, most notably the duo “We Steady Mobbin” joint 2009.
The event was one the final parties to cap f CIAA week, ending Saturday with tournament championship game that saw Virginia Union University topping Johnson C. Smith University by a score 82-52 in the Men’s Tournament Championship match.
It goes without saying that the frequent collaborators have plenty more awaiting them outside that photo opp as fans still anxiously await the arrival Gucci’s forthcoming Evil Genius album and, course, the long-delayed Tha Carter V on Tunechi’s end. Gucci’s delivery will likely get here sooner than later though as he most recently teased Evil Genius by dropping f the first single “Solitaire,” featuring QC soldiers Migos and Lil Yachty.
The anti-baggy pants crew strikes again!
Some might remember Mississippi lawmaker Tom Weathersby proposing a bill that would ban saggy pants . Low riding fenders could face punishment ranging from a warning to a $100 fine, depending on the number fenses.
Now, South Carolina is on the same wave length. Republican and Democrat lawmakers alike co-sponsored a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to wear their pants “three inches below” the top their hips, . Violation the law could result in a $25 fine for the first fense or at the most extreme, a $75 fine plus six hours community service for a third or more violation.
“We have to lead by example,” Charleston County Representative Wendell Gilliard . “The pants now are being worn below the knees.”
Folks were not here for another lecture on pants-sagging. Considering the current in many states, a little underwear glimpse was the least people’s problems.
Swipe through to peep the backlash (and sarcasm) from folks on social media.