Mark Steele has released the music video for his single “So Long”. The song is off the Carolina rapper’s sophomore album Almost Time, which dropped at the end of last year.
According to Mark Steele, “So Long” was the first song that he recorded for his sophomore album. The inspiration for the song came the way that he felt after his success with the single “Greatness”, which went on to become the anthem for ESPN’s Sportscenter. “I would see random people at the store or comments online and they’d say ‘You close, you ’bout to make it!'”, Mark says. Unfortunately, after having his song placed on a popular television program on the major network, life didn’t change much for him. He began to think about what it would feel like when he finally reached where he was trying to go.
He began to think about what it would feel like when he finally “made it”. That’s where the second verse of “So Long” comes in. The song is a third person introspective of what could happen when things start to happen for Mark. Not only the good but also the bad. He warns himself of the dangers that lie ahead while keeping hope for what lies on the other side. In the song, he talks what happens when you’re a public figure, who has to live through having people who you don’t know saying crazy things about you through media outlets and social media platforms.
Everyone can relate to the idea of trying to “make it” somewhere but being uncertain of whether or not it will actually happen. Even as adults, we still daydream about what life would be like if we were pro-athletes, successful musicians, or even wealthy business people. And if by chance we happen to “make it”, we have to accept all that comes with it.
Mark Steele is a Durham, NC native who’s been rapping since the age of 15. Mentored by Grammy Award-winning producer and Hip-Hop influencer 9th Wonder, Mark has always captivated listeners with his late 80s/early 90s style of rapping.