Starlito and Don Trip released the first Step Brothers mixtape in 2011 to small but passionate critical acclaim. Both artists had grown modest underground followings. The former was a longtime Nashville rapper who'd built regional buzz and had become involved, for a time, with Cash Money records. The latter had a viral story song that went viral, attracting the attention of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine at Interscope.
Neither of these relationships would last. Despite receiving some high-profile attention from the press—'Lito, then known as All $tar, was written up in the New York Times, and Don Trip was put on XXL's Freshman cover in 2012—both have remained, by and large underground favorites.
Last week, Step Brothers 2 was released, and garnered more attention than their previous release. The album was bankrolled by an READ MORE: http://www.complex.com/music/2013/10/starlito-don-trip-interview