May 06, 2018
Gone on “Swaecation” with Rae Sremmurd
The SunFest marathon was on Friday, but you’d think Bobo Swae was training for it based on how amped up he was last night.
When the rapper — who alongside Riff 3X opened for Rae Sremmerd — took the stage as part of Sremmlife Crew, he never stopped jumping.
“SunFest!” Bobo exclaimed. “I’ve got so much energy.” Dressed in a black tank top and black skinny jeans, the rapper ran around the JetBlue stage, constantly jumping.
The crew performed songs like “Rowdy” and were later joined by Slick G, who won the audience over when he crowd surfed.
“Y’all so lit,” Bobo told the crowd, who was already amped up and ready for Rae Sremmurd. About half an hour later, the well known brothers took the stage.
Just Friday, this hip-hop duo from Mississippi dropped a new triple album, called “SR3MM.” The triple release consisted of the main album, plus a solo album from both Rae Sremmurd members. Slim Jxmmi released “Jxmtro” and Swae Lee came out with “Swaecation.” I don’t know, I feel like it’s appropriate that “Swaecation” debuted the day before the group’s SunFest performance. Because that’s what the performance felt like — a Swaecation.
The minute Lee and Jxmmi took the stage, the audience started cheering. They looked so comfortable on the JetBlue stage, like it was an easy night. Immediately, they jumped into “No Type” — the 2014 single that spent 26 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“Sremm life is in the building,” the brothers told the crowd to their complete delight. “We’re gonna perform a lot of new songs … party don’t stop.”
The young men played a mix of their absolutely viral singles, some lesser known tracks and new material. When they went into “Perplexing Pegasus,” a graphic appeared on the jumbo screens of an animated pegasus flapping its wings. I loved it because it was young and cartoonish — just like the brothers.
Both Lee and Jxmmi are still in their twenties (with over 10 singles that have charted and multiple awards, no big deal) and are literally cartoonish. In 2014, they were featured on the cover of the first comic featuring a black Captain America. On the cover, they’re shown in cartoon form, patrolling the no flex zone.
And you know we couldn’t get this recap without mentioning that song. The minute Rae Sremmurd went into “No Flex Zone,” the duo’s first-ever single, the crowd became giddy. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a louder audience at the JetBlue stage in my four years covering it.
The brothers had the crowd in the palm of their hands. When they told them to jump, they delivered, bouncing up and down, blue JetBlue lights glowing through the night.
“All the mosh pits? We love that.” the brothers said. “That’s very acceptable at a Sremm life concert.”
The level of energy the crew conjured out of the crowd paired with the ridiculous amount of Hot 100 songs in their young repertoire remind us why the brothers of Rae Sremmurd have had so many success. In fact, on their debut album, five tracks became radio singles.
“The Sremm life party don’t stop,” the brothers said. “We’re loving this energy.”