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Rae Sremmurd Party with a Vengeance on “SremmLife 2”

Rae Sremmurd

If 2016 was lacking a summer album, we have one now. The sophomore effort by Rae Sremmurd (rhymes with “Gray Lizard”) kicked down the door last Friday and proved to the world that the Missisippi-born brothers are here to stay.  The duo’s combination of weird humor, trippy storytelling, and laced melodies are make for an irresistible party classic. If this doesn’t get played in clubs on repeat for the rest of the year, it’ll be a travesty.

rae sremmurd Rae Sremmurd Party with a Vengeance on SremmLife 2

A Ziploc full of kush? Check.

SremmLife 2 doesn’t come a moment too soon, either. We had summer jams – I guess – from people like Drake and DJ Khaled (read: hip hop heavyweights coasting on their legacies). But it’s time to give the kids a chance. And what kids they are. Slim Jxmmi’s intensity plus Swae Lee’s spacey vocals provide a one-two punch. At times raw, at times emotional, Rae Sremmurd are always funny. They’ve created their own brand of weird wordplay-based humor. Songs like “Look Alive” and “Take It Or Leave It” turn clichés into tongue-in-cheek hooks. At other times, they reveal their youth with references to Ben Ten’s watch (“Real Chill”) and Britney Spears (“Just Like Us”). Even when they’re talking about heartbreak, the sense of heightened or drug-addled reality makes it all seem surreal. And with some of Mike WiLL’s most pop-sounding beats, you’ll soon get sucked into their weird, wonderful world.

Rae Sremmurd’s sense of humor is the album’s saving grace, too. The feeling of irrepressible youth in Sremmlife 2 keeps it fresh. Otherwise, the world of endless partying might seem too superficial. But because of its childish sensibility and lack of pretention, it’s impossible to evaluate the project on such serious, heavy points. Right now, Rae Sremmurd have a Peter Pan ageless quality to them. But they are in fact growing up in spite of themselves. Recently the duo announced that this would be the last “Sremm”-themed album after SremmLife and SremmLife 2. In any case, whatever lies ahead, it’s certain that right now Rae Sremmurd’s irrepressible élan is providing the perfect soundtrack to the summer.

For more summertime rap, check out Gucci Mane or Lil Uzi Vert.

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