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Rae Sremmurd Covers The Fader's Summer Music Issue

Ahead of their album SremmLife 2, brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi open up about their childhood, songwriting process, work with Beyoncê, and unique appeal.

Naomi Zeichner, The FADER’s editor-in-chief, spent time at home in California with Swae Lee, who turns 23 today, and Jxmmi, 24, as they prepared for the release of their sophomore album. Her story, featuring interviews with a dozen members of the Rae Sremmurd crew, explores the brothers’ early career in Mississippi and lasting success. It also previews SremmLife 2, which will feature Lil Jon and Juicy J.

Following their 2015 debut album, which produced five radio singles, Rae Sremmurd were accused of not writing their own music by radio personality Ebro Darden. Swae Lee and producer Mike WiLL Made-It, along with Darden, address that claim in this story.

On Rae Sremmurd’s ambition:
“They knew they wanted to make commercial music. They were masterminds.” — former Rae Sremmurd member Bobo Swae

On writing the hook of Beyonce’s 2016 single “Formation”:
“When I made that Beyoncé hook I was thinking nothing about it. I make a lot of songs, so I’m just thinking that this is another song. A couple months later, Mike [WiLL Made-It] tells me that Beyoncé wants it. I couldn’t imagine! I come in the studio and she’s just like, a goddess or something. Just sitting there. This good aura. They played it for me and I’m like, It’s a new Beyoncé. She put her own twist on it. She has so much sauce on that song, it blew me away … She freaked it.” — Swae Lee

On allegations that Rae Sremmurd do not write their own songs:
“It’s such a false statement … Where’d it come from? You pulled it out your ass. If you want to know who wrote my shit, go to my album credits.” — Swae Lee

“I don’t think Ebro understands what good is.” — Mike WiLL Made-It

On the brothers’ relationship:
“We’re real brothers. We always get mad at each other. I like to see my brother doing good. We’re like yin and yang. I’m more on the wild side. I wanna go skydiving. Swae’s scared he’s gonna die.” —Jxmmi

On what Rae Sremmurd’s music means to their fans:
“People who like Rae Sremmurd believe in having a good time with people … I want you to be able to turn it on and you can just nod your head and turn up. You ain’t gotta worry … It’s a mutual feeling; we all wanna hear this shit. We all wanna feel like this at a party. We all wanna hear these words. We always wanted to do this.” — Swae Lee

Read the full issue here.

Photo:  The FADER/Alexandra Gavillet
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