Rappers’ New Tunes Prove Mediocre, Entertaining

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Ian Fendley, staff writer

Rae Sremmurd, a rap duo from Atlanta known for their party anthems and hit singles “No Type” and “No Flex Zone”, recently released their second studio album and follow up to their rookie LP Sremm Life, Sremm Life 2. The deluxe version of the album comes with a 14 song track list almost exclusively produced by Atlanta based Mike WiLL Made-it, with features from Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, Juicy J, Lil Jon, and Bobo Swae. Singles “By Chance” and “Look Alive” were also featured on the album.

Overall, anyone looking for running conceptual themes or deep lyrics in the album will more than likely be disappointed, because simply put, this is turn-up music. The energetic and high pitched vocals of Rae Sremmurd members Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy come off as infectious rather than annoying, like on the more intense songs “Set the Roof” ft. Lil Jon and “Shake It Fast” which contains a well put together verse by Memphis legend Juicy J. Even some of the calmer tracks with spacy instrumentals such as “By Chance,” “Real Chill” ft. Kodak Black, “Swang,” and “Black Beatles” ft. Gucci Mane are more engaging than they are boring.

The album is not without its flaws, however. The last few songs of the album seem like they could have easily been cut with the tracks “Came a Long Way,” a generic “becoming famous was a real struggle” song, and “Now That I Know,” a measly attempt at an R&B track about relationship troubles.

All in all, most of the songs on the album are a good listen and Rae Sremmurd have put together another entertaining record with songs that you’ll hear again and again at parties in the future.