Rae Sremmurd is laughing off a flattering comparison.
On Friday, the Mississippi rap duo—made up of brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee—responded to a tweet in which they were deemed superior to one of hip-hop’s most legendary acts: “Rae sremmurd are a better duo then [sic] OutKast,” a fan wrote.
Rae Sremmurd’s response? “Y’all gotta chill,” followed by a laughing crying emoji.
Since signing to Mike Will Made-It’s imprint in 2013, Rae Sremmurd has been constantly compared to André 3000 and Big Boi’s OutKast. Jxmmi and Swae addressed the topic during a 2018 interview with NME, shortly after releasing their SR3MM studio album.
“Shout-out to OutKast man, they’re some originals in the game so you can never compare us [with them],” Jxmmi said when pressed about the comparison. “But I think that Rae Sremmurd are doing our own thing, in our own way, in our era of time and music. But OutKast is a great group and we really like them, you know what I’m saying?”
Swae echoed the sentiment: “I think the game is trying to turn us to some OutKast [comparisons], and there’s a lot of hate and hating on us going on because we’re doing our own thing and we’re in our own lane. They tried to turn Rae Sremmurd into OutKast and count us out, so we had to come out [with ‘SR3MM’] and remind them that, ‘Look, we’re here to stay.’”
Rae Sremmurd is now gearing up to release SREMMLIFE4, the long-awaited follow-up to SR3MM.
Swae recently told fans the project would arrive sometime in early 2022: “SREMMLIFE4, yeah we gona drop SREMMLIFE4 [in] January, February,” he said during a livestream. “You know what I’m saying? Right in there. Put your fours up, trust in the Sremm.”