Rae Sremmurd Address Critics of Their Lyricism: 'We Ain’t Trying to Make Mathematical Music'

The duo discussed their upcoming project with Hot 97 and 'Desus & Mero.'

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Rae Sremmurd know they’re not considered the most lyrical rappers; however, the duo seems pretty confident they’re delivering good records.

“We’re just making good music. We ain’t trying to make mathematical music or nothing like that,” Swae Lee said in a recent interview with Hot 97, at the 9:30 mark. “We’re not trying to get too complex with it. It’s complex in itself. We’re letting the music do all the talking, but it’s still gonna be quality music. It’s gonna have substance. It’s different.”

The interview went down just days before Sremmurd release their highly anticipated triple-disc album, SR3MM. Swae and Slim Jxmmi spoke about the upcoming project as well as their intentions to offer something completely different.

“We’re on a new wave. The old-school—all that hip-hop—that’s beautiful; we respect that, but we’re in a whole other lane,” Swae said, after he was asked about their comparison socially conscious rappers like Kendrick Lamar. “We’re creating new lanes. We’re a new era of artists.”

Sremmurd and Hot 97’s Nessa went on to discuss a wide variety of topics, including their love lives, thirsty DMs, weed, their dream collaborations, and their plans to release a full R&B album. The duo also doled out some career advice for up-and-coming artists.

“The music business is definitely something you have to stay constantly working, day in and day out,” Swae says at the 24:50 mark. “You have to balance your whole life, and just remember that people forget stuff fast. You got to just keep hitting them with stuff, keep reminding them, dropping dope music.”

Jxmmi followed that up with simpler, but no less important, advice: “Be respectful.”

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Sremmurd fans can also expect a sequel to the viral hit “Black Beatles.”

During a Monday appearance on the Desus & Mero show, Swae and Jxmmi shared more details about the ambitious SR3MM project. The duo revealed that the album will include plenty of bangers, but there’s one joint that they have pretty high hopes for:

“We got this one in particular, it’s like the part two of ‘Black Beatles,’ just like continuing the rock star lifestyle,” Swae says at the 5:15 mark. “It’s called ‘Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.’”

Swae and Jxmmi proceeded to list several key points of a proper rock and roll lifestyle: No. 1: 72 percent of the time, your shirt is going to be off—preferably with a “not good” body. No. 2: You have to have a swole mentality. And, No. 3: Be fearless.

The brothers also told Desus & Mero that they have an insane amount of songs in the vault right now—enough to fill multiple albums. 

“I ain’t gonna lie. We got about three albums done in advance,” Swae says at the 13:45 mark below. “We had been touring for four years non-stop around the world. So we took like year off, cooking up our album; so we basically made so many songs—like 1,000 songs. We filter through and we grabbed the best of the best.”  

You can check out the full interview below. 

Rae Sremmurd's SR3MM is due this Friday.

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