Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, Eearz, Bobo Swae, Impxct | Riviera Theatre | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, Eearz, Bobo Swae, Impxct 

When: Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $36
Rae Sremmurd, aka brothers cum rappers Swae Lee (23) and Slim Jimmy (24), broke out behind their irrepressibly euphoric 2014 single “No Flex Zone,” a big shot of glistening, posi-rap with a hook that hangs in the air like a basketball player grasping onto the rim after a highlight-reel dunk. A pair of army brats, Lee and Jimmy bounced around the U.S. before settling in Tupelo, Mississippi, where they honed their craft as teenagers. Though relatively new, the duo produces music with the confidence and panache of a seasoned act, and on this summer’s SremmLife 2 (EarDrummers/Interscope) Lee and Jimmy direct their emotive, melodic sense of pop toward feelings other than pure joy. The single “Black Beatles,” one of the best crossover rap songs of the year, pulses with melancholy—and yet Rae Sremmurd steer clear of anything morbid, delivering instead a song that allows glee to seep in subtly.
— Leor Galil



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