HipHopDX Exclusive Premiere: “Real One” is the lead single from Durham, North Carolina MC Mark Steele’s forthcoming album Almost Time, which features Raheem Devaughn, King Mez, and Rapper Big Pooh.

Formerly of the North Carolina rap duo Mic&Rep, Mark Steele has collaborated with his mentor and former college professor 9th Wonder, Rapsody, and Cory Gunz.

Steele’s debut album Sumthin For The Wait, which was released in 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 SportsCenter, Steele is set to release his most important project of his rising young career thus far.

“I didn’t invent the term Real One. It’s something we say amongst ourselves in the culture when describing an individual of extreme genuineness and/or loyalty. My objective was to shed some light on the term as an opportunity to collectively celebrate those who meet the criteria, whether alive or deceased. Spread love for a Real One.” – Marke Steele