A Memphis native who stood next to Macklemore
, Danny Brown
, and Future
for XXL Magazine's 2012 Freshman Class, rapper Don Trip (Christopher Wallace) was first a rap fan, following hip-hop from the teen-pop phenomenons Kriss Kross
to the breakthrough of the much rougher Three 6 Mafia
and the hometown-based film Hustle & Flow.
He was into 2Pac
more than the Notorious B.I.G.
, the superstar rapper with whom he shares a birth name. Although he has been active since the mid-2000s, Trip's output became prolific just after the turn of the following decade. In 2011 alone, he released volumes in two series of solo mixtapes (one based on the Human Torch and one based on the Terminator), collaborated with Nashville native Starlito
on Step Brothers, and hit Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart with "Letter to My Son," released on Cool & Dre
-affiliated First Family
imprint. Step Brothers Two landed in 2013, then Trip resumed solo work with Godspeed, The Head That Wears the Crown, and 2 Clip Trip, independent titles released across 2015 and 2016. He and Starlito
reconvened for Step Brothers Three in 2017. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi