SremmLife 2 Album Review
Ear Drummers/ Interscope
Genre: Turnt Hip Hop, Trap
Released August 12, 2016
Party invitation, the album: Rae Sremmurd are back with no punches pulled, only bangers. A never-ending buffet of songs about bumping uglies and pouring drinks. What could go wrong? Nothing, really. SremmLife 2 isn’t egregiously safe, but it sticks pretty closely to the duo’s formula from their year-old debut.
Mike Will Made It offers more catchy beats for the southern-based rappers to energetically spit over, however the beats that deviate most from the popular trends in contemporary production are the best. “Shake It Fast” sounds like a Juvenile song, which Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee fabulously compliment. There are plentiful funny lines about waving the posterior, as is expected. “By Chance” has an eerie melody that causes the duo to shift their style to be more subdued. These two change-ups to the typically loud and turnt formula are highlights for SremmLife2.
The features on this album are also perfectly fitting. Kodak Black delivers his signature sleepy flow at the right moment on “Real Chill,” while Gucci Mane’s contribution to “Black Beatles” fits the mood perfectly, ad-libs and everything. Lil Jon and Juicy J make appearances as well.
Too many songs are too similar to deeper forgotten cuts from SremmLife. “Start A Party” is exactly what it sounds like, but it’s too predictable to be interesting even though topically this is Rae Sremmurd’s wheelhouse. Any song with R&B singing isn’t convincing because it’s still trying to be turnt while also attempting to be intimate. Overall, this is a fun release from the hit-making duo
FAV TRACKS: By Chance, Black Beatles, Shake It Fast
LEAST FAV TRACK: Start A Party