Everytime I try to say Rae Sremmurd i feel the spirit of every homeroom teacher trying to say my name for the first time. It’s confusing yet so simple, and no they don’t have a nickname. Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi do not compromise.
Name aside, Rae Sremmurd is one of the most talented duos in music today. They have a natural ability to make hit after hit after hit. If they were wrestlers they’d be Edge and Christian. They just make this shit look so fun and easy even though they’re secretly intense. The Edge and Christian comparison also lies in the fact that everyone sees one as the star of the group, even though both are fantastic.
This outside pressure caused the group to take on a true creative challenge: a triple Album. Yes 3 separate albums unified by one name, Sr3mm.
So let’s get into it.
Sr3mm is broken down into 3 distinct parts, a Swae Lee solo project (Swaecation), a Slim Jxmmi solo project (Jxmtro) and a unified Rae Sremmurd album (Sr3mm). Over all it’s 27 songs and a little under 2 hours. Which seems intimidating until you remember Chris Brown dropped a 47 song coke fueled Stockholm Syndrome ass album last year so this isn’t as daunting.
First let’s discuss Swaecation:
Swaecation is some shit you play while you’re having a carefree day with your side chick. But since I don’t live that life it didn’t really connect with me. For me I guess this is the album I’d listen to when I’m enjoying an improv show or using an android phone. Swae dropped anthems for ignoring someone’s “what are we” texts and liking their IG pictures instead. If you need a album to listen to while you put your student loans on Deferment, play this.
Now let’s get into Jxmtro.
If people say Jxmmi is the less talented brother they owe him an apology. Jxmtro goes HARD. It becomes clear that the only reason people think Swae is the better half is because Swae can kind of sing. Plus Swae isn’t as blunt as Jxmmi. Every song on Jxmtro is “I get money, I fuck bitches, and you won’t stop me from doing either” It’s dope. This is what you listen to when you answer a “what are we” text with “we fucking, thats what”. What makes it exceptionally great is that Jxmmi finds the time to get really introspective and think about his position in life. This is the type of album you play at your graduation after 5 long years of college.
And finally let’s get to the Unified Effort Sr3mm.
Jxmmi is more turnt than Swae, and Swae is way smoother than Jxmmi but at the end of the day they’re a duo that’s stronger together than apart. Sr3mm is turnt and smooth at the same time like velvet track pants. This is the album Jay Gatsby plays to keep the party going while he tries to seduce Daisy Buchanan. If you wanted to have a text argument with your spouse while you sit in a strip club, definitely listen to Sr3mm. Sr3mm makes you forget that people like to compare the brothers to each other as they compliment each other so well. This shit meshes two distinct flavors perfectly like a Reece’s cup.
Overall it was fun to listen to the three albums of Rae Sremmurd. It took me a while to fully appreciate each one but I’m glad I took the time out to do so. There’s a lot of depth here, I felt like I just ate a Chicago deep dish pizza and then drank a Long Island iced tea. I give the Sr3mm trilogy 27 tiramisu cakes sprinkled with Molly out of 30.