Starlito & Don Trip
By Jack Barnes
Trading pointed barbs and swapping detailed stories, Starlito and Don Trip work best as a team. Showcasing some of the wittiest bars of their careers over a lurching, organ-driven beat, Trip and Lito heat up on “Boomshakalaka.” A visual and audio tribute to the arcade classic NBA Jam, “Boomshakalaka” finds the two rappers spitting their best basketball related puns. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
As Don Trip puts it in the first verse, “Left hand shooter like James Harden/But I’m good with the write like Quentin Miller.” In the video, Lito and Trip bring the world of NBA Jam to life with vivid animations and a whole lot of drained buckets. “Boomshakalaka” is the latest video from Step Brothers THREE, the third well-received collaboration between the two Tennessee emcees, following the harrowing police brutality tale “Good Cop, Bad Cop,” and the goofy, playful “Yeah 5x.”
Two kindred spirits with distinct styles but similar sensibilities, Don Trip and Starlito caught lightning in a bottle with Step Brothers, which Pitchfork listed at #41 in their list of the 50 Best Mixtapes of the Millennium. A pithy, laidback emcee with a cult following and critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NOISEY, Passion Of The Weiss and others, Starlito’s world-weary rhymes are sweetened with a poetic wisdom and a strong sense of humor. Hailing from Memphis, Don Trip is an incendiary wordsmith with a talent for expressing raw emotion. He earned solo success with the Cee-Lo Green cosigned “Letter To My Son,” a heartbreaking tale about his estrangement from his infant child. Catch the two-man Dream Team on the Karate In the Garage Tour with support from Scotty ATL and Red Dot, and check out Starlito’s newly-refurbished website here.
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