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When Dilated Peoples had its 2001, The Alchemist produced song “Live On Stage”, licensed in the 2008 film Step Brothers movie starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, Dilated Peoples member Evidence and The Alchemist had a realization.

By that point, Evidence had traveled the world, released a string of acclaimed albums with Dilated Peoples and as a solo artist, and had become a respected producer helming beats for Kanye West, Defari, and Planet Asia, among others. For his part, The Alchemist had become one of rap’s triple threats, producing for Mobb Deep, Nas, and Jadakiss, among others. The Alchemist was also an accomplished rapper and Eminem’s DJ. While they were building their respective careers, Evidence and The Alchemist had worked together regularly collaborating on Dilated Peoples albums, Evidence’s solo material and The Alchemist’s releases.

So as they watched Step Brothers, Evidence and The Alchemist found common threads between their relationship and that of Ferrell’s and Reilly’s characters. “The dynamic of our relationship is similar in a lot of ways,” Evidence explains. “We grew up together, so it’s kinda like we’re brothers. It’s more than a friend thing.”

The idea for a full-blown Step Brothers project was born. As the pair continued collaborating, they began labeling themselves as Step Brothers when they would record, as noted on Evidence’s The Layover EP. The pair then decided it was time to record an album together.

“We had worked together on different things over the years, but I had never had his undivided attention,” The Alchemist says. “I think he felt that same way about me. We’re always working on a bunch of stuff, but for a few weeks, we mentally put on the helmet for Step Brothers.”

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