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January 5, 2024 will mark two years and 364 days since rapper Markee Steele‘s Vet & A Rook EP. It also serves as the release date for the NC rapper’s next project, Sophomore Slumpas announced on his gram.  Since Steele’s last offering to his fans nearly three years ago, he admits that, because of life’s trials and tribulations, he’s often ignored his calling as an artist. Steele finally answers the call in a phone booth in the music video for his new single “Stop”, letting everyone know that the only person who can get in the way of his success is himself. 

Life, depression, and distractions clouded my mind more than creating, which has been my calling since I was a young teenager… The past three years I’ve just been ignoring the calls. The phone booth represents my purpose actually calling me, and the moment I answer the phone, I’ll be released from the extended slump I fell into… Pursuing something that is further than your reach is always associated with challenges difficult enough to give you a valid excuse to discontinue.  The catch is that when you’re just as disciplined and dedicated as you are talented, the only thing that can stop you is you.“- Markee Steele