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Artist – Rae Sremmurd

Years Active – 2005-Present

Notable Album – SremmLife (2015)

Sample Rhyme:

“Chop the top off the Porsche, that’s a headless horse

Extendo long as an extension cord

Bitch, I ball like Jordan and I play full court

And if you not my type then you know I gotta keep this shit short

What you know about a checK? What you got up in your pocket?

What you spending when you shopping, dawg?

Why you wanna go flex? Like you all in the mix

Like you got some shit poppin’ off

I got some models that you see up in the movies

And they want to make a flick for the camera

Wanna be Kim Kardashian, heard I was livin’ like a bachelor”

Those old enough to remember the mid-90s might be tempted to compare the youthful rap duo Rae Sremmurd with Kriss Kross. That wouldn’t be entirely fair however, as the latter were sort of gimmicky and wore their pants backwards for some reason.

Rae Sremmurd, in contrast, simply built off their older peers, creating some fun rap that can be enjoyed by both young and old.

Their story’s not half bad either. Given that Tupelo, Mississippi is something of a rap hinterland, the pair (then a trio) had to work exceptionally hard to get noticed. They played parties and bars, saving money to make trips to various competitions and venues before they finally came into contact with a record label willing to sign them.

A year later their effort paid off when Sremmlife was released in January 2015. The debut album was an near-immediate hit, reaching number one on Billboard’s rap and hip hop charts.

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