In early 1997, Giant Step achieved acclaim for their work with Nuyorican Soul and a partnership with Gilles Peterson’s label, Talkin Loud. The group was a collaboration between Latin house DJs, “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzales, who were also commonly known as Masters at Work. Nuyorican Soul featured many real musicians as opposed to sampled or synthesized sounds. Musicians who took part in the project included George Benson, Tito Puente, Roy Ayers, Jazzy Jeff, Jocelyn Brown, and salsa queen, India. Three singles from the first Nuyorican Soul album made it to the top of the Billboard Charts; “Runaway”, “You Can Do It (Baby)” and “I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun.” The album, released in March 2007, sold over 50,000 units by the end of July the same year. Epic Records soon approached GIANT STEP with an offer. Although THEY WERE a music label, Epic Records was primarily interested in Giant Step’s marketing capabilities and offered the company a retainer contract where their record label was a secondary priority.