Swae Lee, one half of the rap duo Rae Sremmurd (“Ear Drummers” backwards), is a gifted songwriter. He co-penned Beyoncé’s “Formation,” and was part of the 2016 breakout rap hit “Black Beetles (feat. Gucci Mane).” Slim Jxmmi (pronounced “Slim Jimmy”), on the other hand, is a rap name I actually created in parody one time, not knowing what the other member of Rae Sreummurd’s name actually was.
With Brockhampton’s Merlyn Wood and other more aggressive-sounding and energetic rappers ruling 2018, I don’t know what Slim Jxmmi brings to music that other’s haven’t out performed him in, but I think it’s safe to say that although I’ve never been a fan of Rae Sremmurd, SR3MM is their worst release so far.
The oddest thing about SR3MM however, is how it’s not only obscenely long and repetitive, but formatted in such an incredibly odd design. I get that Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi were trying to do a Speakerboxxx/The Love Below thing like Outkast by including both of their solo records as disc 2 and disc 3 after SR3MM, but why would you showcase what you can do together before splitting off? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to show both of your abilities solo before concluding with your efforts as a duo?
Swaecation ended up having no energy and Jxmtro had almost zero melodies. It’s an incredibly disappointing end to hearing both specialties previously together. SR3MM is like hearing a song you like, and then hearing it again and again but with different parts missing each time. If Rae Sremmurd can bounce back from SR3MM, they would be wise to do it together.
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