‘SremmLife 2’ by Rae Sremmurd Album Review: Young Hip-Hop Duo Continue To Rap About Partying
The Mississippi rap duo known as Rae Sremmurd, which comprises of brothers Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jximmi” Brown bring another dose of their high-energy, party-infused Southern hip-hop sound on sophomore album SremmLife 2.
Produced primarily by Mike Will Made-It and like-minded producers, SremmLife 2 doesn’t offer much in terms of innovation compared to the band’s debut. The lyrics draw a wide-angle picture of excessive partying and drinking, delivered over catchy and banging beat sets.
Fittingly, the record opens with the hardcore “Start a Party.” It continues to move through several high profile collaborations, including Juicy J on “Shake It Fast” and. The Gucci Mane cameo on “Black Beatles” is as eccentric as ever. The young rappers from Rae Sremmurd and the Atlanta hip-hop veteran comfortably race each other over a high-paced trap beat. “Real Chill” featuring Kodak Black best shows a more eloquent side to Swae Lee’s knack for songwriting.
The Lil Jon-assisted “Set The Roof,” produced by DJ Mustard, is a trap track that keeps things going midway through the album. Another smashing hit “Look Alive” features beautifully curated synths by Mike Will. Much more subdued than other tracks, this is a successful dab at something more experimental for the duo.
SremmLife 2, like its eponymous predecessor, lunges headfirst into an intoxicating territory and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but with their sophomore album, Rae Sremmurd make a serious claim for a spot among the rappers who laud swagger, partying, money and excess. It shows a more varied side to the young rappers and their songwriting, revealing multiple layers and an attempt to fit in a line of great names in hip-hop. The duo’s relative success (their debut SremmLife went platinum, they toured with Nicki Minaj and Swae Lee has a co-writing credit on Beyoncé’s “Formation”) is solidified and bound to expand.