Rae Sremmurd SR3MM Album Review
The new album from Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee is their clearest personal statement yet as it is a Triple Album Crackling With Promise.
Rae Sremmurd (Ear Drummers) were not seen or maybe recognized until “Black Beatles,” a song whose very premise brought about a conviction that rappers are the new rock stars. The brothers — Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee have been trying to prove themselves serious artists to naysayers for years now, defending rap as serious art in the process.
SR3MM has a song called “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame,” which is a continuation of “Black Beatles” that takes their rockstar evolution a step further, claiming the duo as entrants into the canon. “We’re the ones in charge now, who are y’all?” Lee asks, not waiting for an answer.
On SR3MM and the two solo records packaged with it—Swaecation and Jxmtro—Swae and Jxmmi not only place their partying ethos in the rock-star lineage but lobby to earn the same kind of respect as artists deemed “classic rock.”
This review is basically just about ‘SR3MM’ and not the solo albums because I do not understand the decision behind that.
1. “Up In My Cocina”
Who is the voice that does the Eardrummers tag? Mike WiLL has the kind of trap drums the Boogeyman would dance to. A pretty basic verse, nothing too extravagant out the gate. The production does make his stream-of-conscious rambling easy on the ears. Jim! His energy instantly amplified the record. His charisma and personality are rather underrated. Kudos to Rae Sremmurd for bragging about their cocina, which is Spanish for kitchen. And there is the appeal of Sremm—they find a way to make the mundane drip with swag. How boring would “Up In My Kitchen” be as the song title?
2. “CLOSE” Ft. Travis Scott
Travis! Nice little flow. Travis is keeping it rather mellow. He enters and exits quite fast and I’m loving melodic Swae. His hook is so simple but he’s in his element. I’m here for Travis adding texture to the backend. Swae Lee is the voice of heavenly swan. It’s elegant and graceful, especially compared to Jim’s rapid-fire punch. I wish this was a solo Swae record. This “so many drugs” refrain is pure cocaine; I’d keep it for the summer nights in Miami.
3. “Bedtime Stories” Ft. The Weeknd
Some dramatic keys. This song title is hilarious. The highlight of the album, so far. It’s slow, melodic, and infectious. The vocal tag team between Swae and Slim is the kind of teamwork that every duo needs. Yeah, “Bedtime Stories” is the kind of post-Auto-Tune singing that should be included in the hymn book of trap gospel. Length is the song’s only issue. This is way too long. My interest hasn’t waned, but my initial excitement was receiving your tax refund, and now it’s more like breaking your diet to eat a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich.
4. “Perplexing Pegasus”
This song has this soft, but bombastic knock. Jim brought out the roller skates for the flow. And hearing Swae call his whip a caterpillar is a piece of imagery after my own heart. It’s an underrated bop, just like “Look Alive” before it. If I was in Sremm, I would’ve waited to put out a new album until the people gave “Look Alive” the “Black Beatles” energy. It’s not the best song on the album, but it will remain on my “Balling on a Budget” playlist.
5. “Buckets” Ft. Future
All the features have been pretty solid. These thumping keys are taking me to the moon. Slim sounds good. Energized. This is a pure adrenaline shot. I like that Future went full rapper here. He didn’t try to mix his usual melodic tactics into the verse. It was a good offering. Swae Lee bodied this song. Future’s back! He really has one of the best voices in rap for rambling bridges. Mike WiLL killed this beat. Super solid track.
Disgusting! The bassline is offensive. I like how the beat can sound like it just escaped hell, and Swae Lee is as gleeful as an angel having their toes tickled. I really like this. It’s a bit different from the rest of the album. This beat sounds like something that didn’t make Stank face production paired with unbothered bravado. “Might buy that watch with my back end,” brag Jimmy brag. Ha. This one only really needed one verse apiece.
7. “Powerglide” Ft. Juicy J
I heard this one for the first time and I was more than pleasantly surprised. I love how they sampled Three 6 Mafia’s “Side 2 Side” and how Swae Lee borrowed the delivery for his hook. The bounce, the groove, and his flow are fire. Fire alarms should be triggered when this one comes on. Jim IS LEVITATING. I appreciate the Keisha Bottoms shoutout. This song is irresistibly fun. You can tell someone is dead inside if this beat doesn’t inspire them to bounce. Juicy J is nearing the third decade of his career and aging better than most rappers. It makes sense he would sound good in this era, he’s been making trap-crunk for almost 30 years.
8. “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame”
Okay! This is interesting. I’m loving the electric guitar riffs. I’m certain this is a sample but I’m not sure from where. It’s honestly giving me good vibes. The drums are stomping harder than a pair of Timberlands crushing roaches. I’m praying this is the vibe on Swaecation. The rock-inspired trap palette is surprisingly pleasant. When these two nail it, they really nail it. TM88 killed the beat.If these kids want to be rock stars the least you can do is throw some guitar on the backend for them to mumble on. My ears thank you.
9. “T’d Up”
Metro tag! Nice swing. These chords on the backend really are something out of a horror film. Very ghostly. Jim just compared himself to Frankenstein so we’re obviously on the same wavelength. A really good verse from Jim. The battery was in his back. The hi-hats sound like they’re on fire. This beat is everything. Yeah, if they don’t push this one in October, I’m going to wonder what the hell is going on.
Well, that was fun. I do not like how this ended because why do you both have to do separate songs? You are a team. Rae Sremmurd, as a duo, is a singles artist. Fans anticipate the records that will wreck radio more than a complete body of work. By rolling with only nine tracks, the SR3MM is an album filled with only bangers and potential hits as it is supposed to be.
Well Swaecation’s jewel is the one-two punch of “Offshore” and “Guatemala.” The former stars Young Thug floating atop airy production, rhyming off his stable of luxury cars and dreams of slapping Donald Trump upside the head, while the latter brings Swae back to familiar dancehall territory he succeeded in exploring on French Montana’s “Unforgettable.”
Jxmtro is a less adventurous outing by those standards, but Jxmmi shows marked improvement in his own technique with the flow changes of “Brxnks Truck” and the luxurious lilt of his verse on Zoë Kravitz team-up “Anti-Social Smokers Club.” Diversifying his delivery pays off best on the Pharrell-assisted “Chanel,” coolly sliding through Mike WiLL Made-It’s unsettling chords.
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