Sibling reverlry: How Starlito and Don Trip bring out the best in each other on Step Brothers

Nashville’s Starlito and Memphis rapper Don Trip first got together in 2011 to release Step Brothers, a somber back-and-forth between two of the world’s most underrated rappers. Andrew Friedman talks to the duo about Step Brothers 3, a release finally winning the pair the recognition they deserve.


Starlito and Don Trip are somewhat confused when I bring up the idea that Step Brothers 3, their third album together, is upbeat. I think my exact words were “less of a bummer than the other ones,” but either way the Tennessee rappers don’t agree.

I get why. Despite the READ MORE

An In-Depth Talk With The Step Brothers: Starlito & Don Trip

Last month, hip hop stalwarts Starlito and Don Trip released Step Brothers 3, the latest installment in their seminal mixtape/album series. Since the debut of the original Step Brothers in 2011, the Tennessee duo have built a fervent, cult-like following behind the Step Brothersbrand, which has been widely-celebrated by fans and critics alike.

Last year, Pitchfork included the original Step Brothers in their "50 Best Rap Mixtapes of the Millennium", and NPR debuted the second installment back in 2013. With the third entry in the Step Brothers franchise officially in the books, a solid case can be made for why Don Trip and Starlito's names belong on the list of classic Southern rap duos, alongside legendary pairs like Andre 3000 and Big Boi, Pimp C and Bun B, and 8Ball & MJG. And did we mention that both rappers are 100% independent?

Lito and Trip are currently on the nationwide "Karate In The Garage" tour, which is READ MORE

Respect The Game Episode 51: Don Trip and Starlito

Fresh off the release of ‘Step Brothers THREE,’ Don Trip and Starlito  stop by the SLAM Dome to talk run-ins with Zach Randolph, the Memphis Grizzlies, chillin’ with Darius Miles in Portland, hooping against Corey Brewer, their hoops-heavy “Boomshaklaka” video and much more.

Don Trip & Starlito on Grinding Independently & Becoming #1 on The iTunes Chart

Don Trip and Starlito swing by Sway in the Morning to talk about their new project, Step Brothers 3, available everywhere.

While in-studio, these Tennessee rappers open up on choosing to be independent and why they turned down the opportunity to work with Cash Money and We The Best. “We’re not conforming,” Don Trip adamantly says.

Watch below as Starlito & Don Trip also break down some of their dope lyrics in-studio. Grab Step Brothers 3 here.

Watch the NBA-Inspired Music Video for Starlito x Don Trip’s ‘Boomshakalaka’

Starlito and Don Trip recently dropped a new tag-team mixtape, “Step Brothers THREE” and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t naturally drawn to the visuals for the song “Boomshakalaka.” The name itself an ode to the classic video arcade game NBA JAM, the track includes references to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Pete Maravich, Peja Stojakovic and even Gregg Popovich.

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Chemistry is the key to being successful for anything in life. While many artists opt for the solo approach, they still need to have chemistry with other artists they have featured on their songs and producers who make their beats. Finding another artist that you click with from the beginning isn’t an easy process. We hold duos to a high standard thanks to the timeless music we’ve received from Gangstarr, Mobb Deep, Outkast, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, and more. Many fans of the Hip-Hop genre have fallen in love with Killer Mike & El-P as a result of this. Run The Jewels is fantastic and have excellent chemistry but READ MORE:

Starlito and Don Trip Play NBA Jam in “Boomshakalaka” Video

Starlito and Don Trip pay homage to the arcade game NBA Jam in the music video for their song “Boomshakalaka.” The Tennessee duo play the classic game in the new visual while spitting copious amounts of sports references.

“Pull up shooting, yeah, I clutch .30’s/Just like Curry, but my cup dirty/I’ll shoot a nigga like Future, nigga/When Young Metro say you ain’t trustworthy/Does that make Trip Klay Thompson/In the kitchen like Action Bronson/Racks on me like I’m Blac Youngsta/I’m an All-Star with Cash Money,” Starlito raps at the top of the track.

Don Trip follows Starlito’s entertaining opener with a slick Read More: Starlito and Don Trip Play NBA Jam in 'Boomshakalaka' Video - XXL