Rae Sremmurd (pronunciation: /ˈr ʃrˈɪmɜːrd/)[2] is an American hip hop duo consisting of brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993) from Tupelo, Mississippi.[3] They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type"; which peaked at numbers 23 and 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[4] They are based in Atlanta, Georgia.[5] Their debut album SremmLife was released on January 6, 2015. The name "Rae Sremmurd" is derived from the duo's home label, EarDrummers, by spelling each word backwards. The two have drawn comparison to Kris Kross.[6]


2013: Career beginnings

The duo had been working for several years under the moniker "Dem Outta St8 Boyz", producing music at home and playing at local parties in their mom's basement and bars respectively. Back then they went by the names Kid Krunk (Swae Lee), Caliboy (Slim Jimmy) and Lil Pantz who is no longer a part of the group. They used money from their part-time nuts to be able to partake in traveling and auditioning in contests.[7] The boys performed as a trio with additional kid, named Andre Harrys and appeared on television during the "Wild Out Wednesday" segment on BET's hip hop and R&B show 106 and Park. The trio appeared on the segment for a second time,[8] in which they finished second place overall in the competition, and had also managed to have meetings with representatives from record labels Def Jam Recordings and Sony Music, although, they were unable to be signed to any record deal at that time.[9]

2014–present: SremmLife and SremmLife 2

Dem Outta St8 Boyz signed with Ear Drummers Entertainment on January 1, 2014. After signing a deal, the group changed its name to Rae Sremmurd (which its name for a duo, "Ear Drummers" was spelled backwards).[10] Rae Sremmurd released their debut album, SremmLife, on January 6, 2015. SremmLife debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, and was supported and spawned by four singles. Its lead single, titled "No Flex Zone" was released on May 18, 2014. The song gained considerable attention, after it was officially remixed featuring rappers Nicki Minaj and Pusha T. The single peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[11] On September 15, 2014, they released their second single, titled "No Type", which climbed to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their most successful single to date.[11] Both singles have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12] The third single from the album, "Throw Sum Mo", which features guest vocals from American rappers Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, was released on December 9, 2014. The song peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11] "This Could Be Us" went on to serve as SremmLife's fourth single, and was released to US urban adult contemporary radio on April 21, 2015. On September 29, 2015, they released their fifth single from the album, titled "Come Get Her".


Awards and nominations

2015Billboard Music AwardsTop Rap ArtistRae SremmurdNominated
BET Awards
Best New Artist
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award"Throw Sum Mo" featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug
Best GroupRae SremmurdWon