SXSW 2018: Rae Sremmurd offers taste of triple album on the way

Rae Sremmurd operates on only two modes: lit and extremely lit. Usually, they stick closer to the second. Closing out the SXSW Eardrummers Takeover at ACL Live on Friday night, which also featured their producer Mike Will Made It showcasing acts from his Eardrummers label, Rae Sremmurd proved they’re pop phenoms in their own right, even if they left the crowd wanting a lot more. Rae Sremmurd performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN A year and a half on, “Black Beatles” is still their crowning achievement, restructuring rock swagger into trap bravado. It easily got the best response from the crowd, which jumped and moshed like rap and rock were never separate to begin with. They even encouraged mosh pits at one point, further dissolving the divide. “T’d Up” proved that “Beatles’” success wasn’t a fluke, that they’ve got bangers for ages. It may not have been quite the revelation “Beatles” was, yet there’s hardly anything else on the radio as catchy. WANT MORE SXSW? CHECK OUT ALL OUR COVERAGETheir next record, which is scheduled to release next month, will be a triple album, two-thirds of which will effectively be solo albums, ala Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee did mini solo sets, with the former coming out swinging with the bumping “Brxnks Truck” and the latter displaying a slower, more future R&B sound with “Hurt to Look.” Swae Lee had the slight advantage, if only because “Unforgettable” was one of last year’s biggest hits. (He also had the upper hand on style, with a full orange camo ensemble.) They work so well as a duo because of their differences, with Slim Jxmmi working within the hard trap archetype, albeit a lot flashier, and Swae Lee the more pop-minded of the two. Rae Sremmurd performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Continue Reading

Childish Gambino will headline the Forum in Inglewood with support from Rae Sremmurd

By Kelli Skye Fadroski | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterMarch 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm Fresh off of a couple of wins at the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Grammy Awards, singer-songwriter, producer, screenwriter and actor Donald Glover, known by the stage name Childish Gambino, announced the dates for his forthcoming North American tour. The jaunt will also feature Mississippi hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. The tour is stopping in 13 cities across the U.S. including the Forum (3900 W. Manchester Blvd.) in Inglewood on Sept. 26 and is in support of Childish Gambino’s 2016 Grammy Award-winning third album, “Awaken, My Love!” Glover is also busy with his hit comedy-drama series “Atlanta,” which is currently airing its second season, “Atlanta: Robbin’ Season,” on FX. Tickets for the Inglewood show are $49.50-$129.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9 at 800-745-3000 or There’s also a special pre-sale for American Express Card Members that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 and it runs through 10 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Continue Reading

Rae Sremmurd Balances Diverging Tastes With Three New Tracks

Just In Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Rae Sremmurd showcase their individual talents on three new tracks. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Rae Sremmurd showcase their individual talents on three new tracks. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Just shy of a month ago, Swae Lee, one half rap duo Rae Sremmurd, announced on social media that he and his counterpart, Slim Jxmmi, would be adding a "twist" to their third studio album. "SremmLife three is a Triple disk," he tweeted. "One side Rae Sremmurd, one side Slim Jxmmi, and one side Swae Lee." It was a lofty promise, the kind rappers often make nonchalantly, but then, for whatever combination of reasons, don't usually back up. Haters be damned, the pair has given fans their first taste of the triple-disc effort today by dropping three new tracks, each showcasing something a little different. The first track, "Powerglide," featuring Juicy J, is a straight forward Mike Will Made-It, Rae Sremm-slayed it banger. The sample of a Three 6 Mafia classic "Side 2 Side" has the right amount of twerkable bass and balances verses from all three rappers. YouTube The second and third releases however, are where the musical styles diverge. The mood of Swae Lee's "Hurt To Look" is lovesick and lost while Slim Jxmmi's "Brxnks Truck" is hard-hitting and exuberant, both of which feature — confusingly — Rae Sremmurd. YouTube As duo that's grown up in rap's spotlight and solidified themselves in the mainstream with the No. 1-charting track "Black Beatles" in 2016, this is the first time each member is simultaneously showing off his individual style. Swae Lee convinced listeners he had potential in the R&B space with his 2017 feature on French Montana's "Unforgettable" and Jxmmi has worked on his own with the likes of Juicy J, Dice Soho and Blac Youngsta. YouTube This triple-play of music Continue Reading

Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi loses $100G chain during Paris stage dive

Slim Jxmmi took a stage dive and left behind a necklace worth six figures. The hip-hop star, part of the duo Rae Sremmurd with brother Swae Lee, lost a $100,000 chain after diving off the stage during a show at the Zenith in Paris Monday. The 25-year-old musician, whose real name is Aaquil Brown, noticed the necklace was missing and stopped the show. He and his brother, who are currently on tour with Gucci Mane, first offered to bring on tour with them whoever had pocketed the chain, then upped the ante to 5,000 euros, then 50,000 euros. “I shouldn’t have jumped in there like that,” Slim Jxmmi shouted into the crowd. He reported the theft to the police, according to Europe1, but laughed it off on Twitter, telling a fan he felt “indifferent” about the missing chain. Rae Sremmurd was nominated for best group at the 2016 BET Awards and won top rap collaboration at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards for “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane. Continue Reading

Migos, Rae Sremmurd forced to cancel concert due to overcrowding at University of Southern California

Unruly students forced Migos to end a University of Southern California concert early Saturday night. The hip-hop group made it through just one song at the school’s annual Springfest concert before the Los Angeles Fire Department cancelled the gig due to overcrowding, officials said. Members of Migos even warned the audience to stop pushing each other before the concert ended, according to the Daily Trojan. A student along the frontlines said she saw concert-goers fainting. “People just started passing out in my friend’s arms and suffocating,” Grecia Vega told the school paper. “We were trying to get people’s attention — no one was paying attention.” Fire officials cited overcrowding at the McCarthy Quad as the reason for shutting down the event, clarifying that there was no stampede or serious injuries. At least one person was hospitalized and three more were treated at the venue. Rap duo Rae Sremmurd was slated to headline the concert after a three-year attempt to recruit the popular Mississippi group — known for inspiring the viral mannequin challenge — for a USC gig. Rae Sremmurd never had a chance to step on stage because of the crowding fracas. “We need everyone to go home. Please get home safe,” the school tweeted after the show. The nixed concert is the second cancellation for the trio, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, in the past week. On Thursday, the “Bad and Boujee” artists were forced to reschedule a concert at Grambling State University in Louisiana due to an arson fire that collapsed a highway in Atlanta. Continue Reading

Great news: Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’ is America’s No. 1 song

Thanks to Black Beatles, Rae Sremmurd now have one more thing in common with the actual Beatles: a chart-topping song. On Monday, the rap duo's hit song dethroned The Chainsmokers and Halsey's Closer to reach the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.Closer previously reigned the charts with 12 weeks at No. 1, emerging as one of 2016's biggest songs. But Black Beatles got a boost thanks to the #MannequinChallenge, a viral craze which started with groups of teens filming themselves frozen in mannequin poses, mostly soundtracked by the Rae Sremmurd track.It didn't take long for celebrities to discover the #MannequinChallenge, with everyone from Destiny's Child to Hillary Clinton posting videos, peaking with Paul McCartney himself tweeting his love for Black Beatles.While Black Beatles' chart ascent is bad news for The Chainsmokers and the Rover they can't afford, there's no hard feelings between the two acts, with The Chainsmokers tweeting their congratulations to Rae Sremmurd after the news broke Monday.Watch the official Black Beatles video below (warning: NSFW language). Continue Reading

Miley Cyrus delights audience with surprise appearance at SXSW event

Miley Cyrus hit SXSW like a wrecking ball. The pop star surprised the crowd at the Austin, Tex., music festival when she took the stage during music producer Mike Will Made It’s show on Thursday night. Dressed in a glittery camouflage minidress and matching jean jacket, Cyrus first emerged to perform a verse on Will's 2013 hit “23,” according to Rolling Stone. She then followed it by performing “We Can’t Stop” and helped close the show by joining Rae Sremmurd on their track “Throw Sum Mo.” Besides wowing the audience with her surprise set, Cyrus also had some fun with a Super Soaker water gun, which she used on the crowd. The 23-year-old’s surprise appearance comes just a few days after rumors that her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger was cheating on her while on spring break in Mexico. The pop star’s beau took to Twitter to deny the reports, noting that he and the brunette he was pictured with were just good friends. Cyrus herself has yet to comment on the rumors. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

New Zayn Malik song released, producer Naughty Boy claims it was ‘stolen’

A new song featuring former One Direction boy-bander Zayn Malik has leaked online, leading to a spat between his new producer and collaborator. Up-and-coming British rapper Mic Righteous released the cover of Atlanta-based duo's Rae Sremmurd's "No Type" on Monday. The leak was immediately attacked by producer Naughty Boy, who claimed the track was stolen from a studio hard drive. "That had nothing to do with me or Zayn, something was stolen from the hard drive that had nothing to do with the rapper involved," tweeted the producer, who released Malik's first post-1D single last month. "Just wait for the real one, you won't be disappointed," he added. Mic Righteous, real name Rocky Takalobigashi, fired back in two posts on Facebook denying he'd stolen anything and claiming Malik's record label has forbid him from putting out any new music for two years. "Zayn wants the tune out, he ask me to be on the song, shah (naughtyboy) told me that his label wont (sic) let him release any music for the next two yrs.. So you know what i (sic) did? I did it for him, for you," the hip-hop artist said. The Daily News reached out to reps for Malik and One Direction seeking comment on the rapper's claim. In another post, Mic Righteous slammed Naughty Boy as a "fame hungry fattie." The rapper's initial post was taken down from Soundcloud, but the song later cropped up on YouTube and on a different Soundcloud account. Malik quit 1D in March. His first solo release hit the web about a week later and caused a similar war of words between Naughty Boy and Malik's ex-bandmate Louis Tomlinson. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Live Nation declares May 5 as National Concert Day, will host special NYC event with Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line

LOS ANGELES — Live Nation wants music lovers to add National Concert Day to their calendars. The live-events company announced plans Thursday to declare May 5 as National Concert Day and revealed a special event to mark the occasion. Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line and other acts will perform at a May 5 concert at New York’s Irving Plaza to celebrate National Concert Day. Live Nation said the new holiday was intended to celebrate music artists, record labels, live music industry leaders, tour managers and their teams who work to produce live music experiences for fans. Other performers set to appear at the May 5 concert include Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Kip Moore, Metric, Mick Jones of Foreigner, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Wiz Khalifa. Continue Reading

2015 BET Awards complete winners list

The BET Awards heated up TV Sunday night. The biggest names in R&B and hip hop came together to be honored, including Nicki Minaj who had the most award nomination of the night. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO 'LIKE.' "Black-ish" stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross kept the laughs flowing as the host of the award show, where Chris Brown took home Best Male R&B/Pop Artist of the year. Check out the list of winners from the 2015 BET Awards show. BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST Beyoncé Ciara Janelle Monaé Jhené Aiko K. Michelle Rihanna BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST August Alsina Chris Brown John Legend The Weeknd Trey Songz Usher BEST GROUP A$AP Mob Jodeci Migos Rae Sremmurd Rich Gang Young Money BEST COLLABORATION August Alsina featuring Nicki Minaj, “No Love (Remix)” Big Sean featuring E-40, “IDFWU” Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, “Loyal” Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross, “New Flame” Common & John Legend, “Glory“ Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST Big Sean Common Drake J. Cole Kendrick Lamar Wale BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST Azealia Banks DeJ Loaf Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Tink Trina VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Benny Boom Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso Chris Robinson Fatima Robinson Hype Williams BEST NEW ARTIST Bobby Shmurda DeJ Loaf Fetty Wap Rae Sremmurd Sam Smith Tinashe BEST GOSPEL ARTIST Deitrick Haddon Erica Campbell Fred Hammond Lecrae Mali Music Michelle Williams COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD Beyoncé, “7/11” DeJ Loaf, “Try Me” Kendrick Lamar, “i” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, Continue Reading