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Rae Sremmurd

Roman Vail

Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 9, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $29.50-$129
With the drugged-out, Auto-Tune introspection of Future and the hyperactive eccentricies of Young Thug finding a place on the hip-hop charts, it seems safe to say that the weirdest rappers have become our most popular, and now joining this wave of rising bizarro hip-hop stars are the Atlanta-based Rae Sremmurd, the duo of young brothers Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown (age 20) and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown (21). Their youthful energy and high-pitched voices make the spaced-out bangers on January’s SremmLife sound like a sort of alternate-reality version of Kriss Kross, but instead of innocently spitting tales about missing the school bus, Rae Sremmurd gleefully rap about sleeping with strippers and taking too much molly. Backed by beats from Mike Will Made It and Young Chop, the shameless call-and-response verses riff about consuming astronomical amounts of drugs and alcohol, in the process somehow showing off two excellent rappers with an insane knack for melody and an outstanding ability to write Krazy Glue-sticky hooks. It’s really no wonder they’re blowing up—even if they do sound like they just graduated preschool. —Luca Cimarusti



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