HipHopDX Premiere: North Carolina-based MC Mark Steele has resurfaced with a new mixtape titled Before A Minute.

Hosted by DJ Wade Banner, the 10-track offering serves as the prelude to Steele’s forthcoming album It’s Been A Minute and boasts razor-sharp freestyles over Khalid’s “Location,” Outkast’s “Elevators,” JAY-Z’s “Imaginary Player” and more.


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 tells HipHopDX. “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 features The Clipse’s No Malice and G. Yamazawa, as well as production from Khrysis, Mike Bannnon and more.

The project is expected to arrive on October 12.

Until that’s ready, bump the Before A Minute above.