Monday, September 28, 2015

(Photo: Kristy Smolcic)

Hip hop duo/brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy (aka Rae Sremmurd) brought SREMMLIFE to Melbourne’s 170 Russell in style on Friday night. The guys, who also happen to be from the same town as Elvis, have been in the country playing this years Listen Out festival. 

With one album in their discography, I didn’t think there would be much surprises in their setlist. I was wrong, they played a new track that Slim Jimmy admitted was going to appear on SremmLife 2 - also set for release this year. When looking at Rae Sremmurd, the biggest mistake you can make is looking too deep into their music or what they’re about. If your searching for overly political lyrics (à la Kendrick Lamar or Joey Bada$$), then look elsewhere. As Swae Lee admitted in an Instagram video after the release of their debut album, ‘they make bangers’. At the end of the day, hip-hop doesn’t have to be deep and overly political all the time, hip-hop can also be about creating good times too. 

Their breakthrough hit, and arguably one of their biggest, ‘No Flex Zone’, was played early in their set, but it set the precedent of what to expect from the night. They created a sweatfest in the crowd and on-stage, with revellers jumping around going crazy along with the duo. Even Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee were affected by the energy, having gone shirtless after only two songs. 

A massive part of their live shows is the energy they bring - their on-stage hype is enough alone for you to want to spend money and witness it. They both have great chemistry, probably because they’re siblings close in age, and they could get a whole room of accountants to party - thats how infectious their energy is.

They closed their dynamic set with ‘Throw Sum Mo’. Though their was no encore, they left the stage with a bevy of girls, so they still won. 

Written by Amy Smolcic

Photographer: Kristy Smolcic