Today, Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd drops its long-delayed second album, SremmLife 2. With a star-studded guest roster of Juicy J, Gucci Mane and Lil Jon, brothers Swae Lee, 21, and Slim Jxmmi, 22, continue to flaunt the bawdy, party-rap personas that endeared them to fans on breakout singles No Flex Zone and No Type. But their latest also comes with an extra boost of music cred: Earlier this year, it was revealed that Swae co-wrote Beyoncé’s career-defining Lemonade single Formation, which was produced by Mike Will Made It (who serves as SremmLife 2’s executive producer). If you want to hear more of why Bey co-signed these rising rap titans, look no further than these essential tracks from album No. 2:
Mike Will lays one of the year’s most intoxicating beats under this eerie come-hither, which was given an equally vibey remix featuring Atlanta rap trio Migos.
Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)
Bottle service meets The Beatles on this slick, mellowed-out banger, which cleverly integrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney into a hazy club scene filled with raining cash and plunging necklines.
Shake It Fast (feat. Juicy J)
An unofficial sequel to their strip-club anthem Throw Sum Mo with Nicki Minaj, Shake It Fast manages to be just as catchy while also upping the raunch factor. Juicy J, coming off a solid guest turn on A$AP Mob’s Yamborghini High earlier this year, delivers an even more memorable verse here. (Seriously, you’ll never think of pancake mix the same way again.) But it’s Slim who has the most fun with his rhymes, playfully rapping that “every time she contort it, I support it” and even throwing in a meme-able “new phone, who dis?” reference.
Now That I Know
After an album's worth of cheeky, sometimes-degrading lyrics about the women in their lives, it’s a nice momentary change of pace to hear the guys wear their hearts on their sleeves. Slim spits fiery verses about trying but failing to move on from the one that got away, before Swae chimes in to ice the wound with his woozy hook. “Of course, I wanna lie and say I don’t miss you,” he croons, eventually pouring one out for love lost with a defeated, “So much for a dream come true.”
Just Like Us
The guys don’t skimp on the Auto-Tune for this uncharacteristically chirpy album closer, which has Top 40 potential written all over its wobbly kick-drum beat and hopeful lyrics.
The pair will be hitting the road this fall in support of their second album, SremmLife 2, which will be released on Friday via Ear Drummer/Interscope.
The 27-date trek launches on October 1st in New Orleans at Republic New Orleans and winds through the South before heading to the Midwest and East Coast, and it also includes stops in Canada. The tour wraps up after several dates on the West Coast with a performance in San Diego on November 16th at The Observatory.
Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty will open for Rae Sremmurd along with special guests Eearz and SremmLife Crew artists BoBo Swae and Impxct.
Presale tickets go on sale on Thursday. General public tickets will be available beginning on Friday, the same day the rappers will release their sophomore effort.
The follow-up to their debut full-length album SremmLife, the 11-trackSremmLife 2 features collaborations with Lil Jon ("Set the Roof") and Juicy J ("Shake it Fast") among others. It also features "Look Alive" and "By Chance." The deluxe version includes an additional three tracks.
Rae Sremmurd Tour
October 1 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans
October 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
October 4 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
October 5 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 9 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 10 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
October 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
October 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Zombie Pub Crawl
October 17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
October 18 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
October 22 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
October 23 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
October 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
October 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
October 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
October 31 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
November 1 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
November 3 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
November 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Rockwell @ The Complex
November 7 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
November 8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
November 9 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
November 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
November 12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 16 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory