From Black Star, Run The Jewels and Mobb Deep to arguably the most coveted group of all time: Outkast- the idea of hip-hop duos has always been a forceful, innovative approach to the craft. Similar to the way Batman and Robin don their superhero suits, two characters side by side are relying on unprecedented chemistry and work ethic for the betterment of the art they are creating.
Though they are less frequent in today’s industry, unique duos have been able to squirm their way into the spotlight, but none like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd. Comprised of Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, the two artists bring an undeniable energy and unique vocal performance to the stage.
Today, they’re sitting casually on a couch at the back of the room. Swae Lee decked out in his usual fashionable attire with a Calvin Klein denim hat and some minimalistic chains, including one with a purple, rectangle jewel hanging off of his neck. His counterpart, Slim Jxmmi sits next to him shirtless, his tattoos entangled across his body as if they’re forming some sort of complex spider-web. He occasionally raises his right hand up to bring a burgundy coloured vape to his lips.
The duo has been making massive waves in the past year with the release of their Sremmlife 2 project and alongside it, their viral hit “Black Beatles”. A hypnotic, grooving melody that drops into a movement inducing banger. The two have a slew of influences and their appreciation of the artists that have come before them is evident in their work.
"Man, Lil Wayne is one of my favorite artists for real, he made me appreciate lyrics. It was just tight the way he rapped, he knew how to swag over a track and say something at the same time, and his lyrics were always off the chain."
Today, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi are carving out their own space amongst the hillside of the mountain that all rap pioneers have conquered at one time or another. They are still just getting started though with no signs of slowing down.
"86-years-old where I'm at? I'm Dr. Dre, don't nobody know where I'm at, everyone just know I'm rich, that's it. Goals, you know what I'm saying."