Partners in Rhyme: Starlito & Don Trip: artistic “stepbrothers” and collaborators.

When it comes to duos that have made indelible contributions to hip-hop, Outkast, UGK, and 8Ball & MJG all deserve acknowledgment. The impact and influence these Southern-bred groups have had on the rap game are second to none. But groups like those don't come around too often.

Starlito and Don Trip, two revered wordsmiths from the Volunteer State, are aiming to be the lyrical tag team that picks up where their Southern predecessors left off. Though solo artists at heart, since 2011 they have been pushing out content collectively through their Step Brothers series — an homage to the 2008 comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Driven by the overwhelming reception they received from the first two READ MORE: