Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of Swae Lee (born June 7, 1995) and Slim Jimmy (born December 29, 1993) from Tupelo, Mississippi. They are perhaps best known for their single "No Flex Zone", which charted at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Similarly, their song "No Type" has peaked at number 16 on the Hot 100 in November 2014. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their debut album SremmLife was released in 2015.
"Rae Sremmurd" is "Ear Drummers" backwards, which is the name of their home label (EarDrummers Entertainment.)
Khalif Brown and Aaquil Brown grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. According to an interview by Complex, at a point in their life they were homeless.These days now, the duo of brothers "Swae Lee" Khalif Brown and "Slim Jimmy" Aaquil Brown are riding high off the success of the Mike WiLL Made-It produced track, and the few remixes thanks to Nicki Minaj and Pusha T, and other hit singles "No Type," "Up Like Trump," and "Throw Sum Mo." (feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug).
2012–13: Career beginnings and EarDrummers Entertainment
Before they became Rae Sremmurd, they were in a trio going by the name of "Dem Outta State Boyz" which used to upload videos to social media like YouTube and songs to Reverbnation, looking for recognition. They first became noticed by P-Nasty when his cousin had told him about them. P-Nasty had called them telling them he was interested in their music, and for them to make more music and get a video ready. Swae Lee had said, according to an article from Vice:
P-Nasty had called us, he was like yo, drop what ya'll doing we're about to start doing this music real heavy. Drop what ya'll doing and come to Atlanta.
After months of recording and practicing, they went to Atlanta to produce their first song with Marz Of The Eardrummers called "I Dip", and later produced a second song called "We". Neither of them received much attention.
2014–present: No Flex Zone, No Type, mainstream recognition and SremmLife
On May 14, 2014, Rae Sremmurd released their single "No Flex Zone" which gained media attention after an official remix done by Nicki Minaj and Pusha T, and later got popular in the US Charts, raising to #36 on Billboard Hot 100. On September 17, 2014 they released their second single entitled "No Type" which rose to #16 on Billboard Hot 100.