Rae Sremmurd, the Southern-bred sibling hip-hop duo who made a name for themselves with the infectious trap-pop hits ‘Black Beatles’, ‘No Type’ ‘Swang’ and ‘Powerglide’, are reissuing their promising 2015 debut album SremmLife, out today via Interscope/UMe.
For the first time ever, the album will be released on translucent red, 180-gram, double-vinyl with the bonus track, ‘No Flex Zone (Remix)’.
First released on 6 January 2015, SremmLife charts the charismatic duo’s course from up-and-coming MCs in Atlanta to tastemakers of the rap landscape.
Described as a “hood N’Sync” by producer Michael “Mike WILL Made-It” Williams for their pop-friendly energy, the brothers behind Rae Sremmurd – Aaquil “Slim Jxmmi” Brown and Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown – carved out their own lane in hip-hop. Along with with Jemiah “Lil Pantz” Middlebrooks, they released their first single as a trio, ‘Party Animal’, in 2010.
The following year, the boys won second place in the “Wild-Out Wednesday” competition segment of the BET show 106 and Park, which landed them on Def Jam and Sony’s radar. Still, a major-label deal didn’t immediately appear, and after releasing the Three Stooges Mixtape in 2012, Dem Outta St8 Boyz (then with Andre “Lil Dre” Brown as a third member) suffered financial setbacks before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia. There, they met Mike WILL Made-It, became a duo and changed their name to Rae Sremmurd – or EarDrummers, the name of Williams’ production company, spelled backward.
In 2013, EarDrummers partnered with Interscope and became a record label, with Rae Sremmurd among their first signees. The following year, they released their first official single, ‘No Flex Zone’, which shot its way up the charts. The remix, featuring Nicki Minaj and Pusha-T, appears here on vinyl for the first time ever.
The duo followed it up the same year with ‘No Type’, which peaked at No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went 4x platinum. A string of hits quickly followed, including the game-changing, ‘Black Beatles’, ‘Throw Sum Mo’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug), ‘This Could Be Us’ and ‘Come Get Her’.
A commercial and critical success, SremmLife reached No.5 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over two million copies. The brothers from Tupelo had made it into the pop mainstream by simply being themselves and grinding the old-fashioned way.
SremmLife is out now and can be bought here.
SremmLife Track Listing (2xLP)
1. ‘Lit Like Bic’
2. ‘Unlock The Swag’
3. ‘No Flex Zone’
1. ‘My X’
2. ‘This Could Be Us’
3. ‘Come Get Her’
4. ‘Up Like Trump’
1. ‘Throw Some Mo’
3. ‘No Type’
1. ‘Safe Sex Pay Checks’
2. ‘No Flex Zone (Remix)’