It’s shortly after 12 p.m. on a muggy, sluggish Monday in August, and Aaquil “Slim Jxmmi” Brown is shirtless under his pink fur.

“I’m about to start modeling for Gucci in this damn coat!” he jokes.  

The 24-year-old hops from the ledge of a black Benz party truck, steps briefly into a spa in New York’s Greenwich Village, and then hustles back outside to puff a blunt while waiting for his  23-year-old brother, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown, to exit the vehicle. They step into the spa as a unit—Rae Sremmurd—heading for a small room made cozier by a hot tub. The pair needs some relaxation before what promises to be an intense day: They’re in New York City to spread the celebration gospel of their sophomore album, SremmLife 2 (out today), and to settle some scores. Jxmmi gestures to his fur again and says, “I’m wearing this to all our interviews. I hope we see Ebro tomorrow.”

Last year, Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, the New York radio personality and former program director had harsh criticism for the Mississippi duo, who became superstars under the tutelage of Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made-It. Specifically, he objected to Complex placing their debut album, SremmLife, in the No. 3 spot of the best albums of 2015 list. Ebro said he enjoyed their music and called them “nice kids” but went on to explain, “The words ‘high level’ and ‘rap’ for Rae Sremmurd’ is not a thing. They didn’t write that shit. Any of it. Mike WiLL Made-It made that album.”

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