Rae Sremmurd, the duo helmed by brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, have acquired a sterling reputation in the two years since their debut single “No Flex Zone” first captivated fans and captured them an audience: they know how to party, and they know how to make hits. And that ability was on display during their set at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival Saturday (Aug. 20) night, so much that it was impossible not to walk away with, at the very least, a massive smile.
So it follows that they would kick off their set with “Start a Party,” the opening song on their recently-released sophomore album SremmLife 2. The energy that the two diminutive MCs from Mississippi bring is infectious and impossible to ignore; with Mike WiLL Made-It, their producer and label head, at the helm of their sound, it can feel like listening to them is akin to floating through a never-ending party with Mike at the wheel and Jxmmi and Swae your ever-present guides, providing the hooks and chants that show the way.
The fact that the second song they performed was “No Flex Zone” is a testament to their hit-making ability; even though their biggest song was over early, there was no discernible disappointment — if anything, the crowd only grew as the set went on. Their song “Do Yoga,” an early leak off the new album, could be considered the theme song of Brooklyn (and hipsterdom around the country) in 2016, while “Real Chill,” during which they also performed the currently-incarcerated Kodak Black‘s verse, is another hit in the making.
By the time they performed the penultimate song “No Type,” they had the audience in the palm of their hand, with the Sun Stage — in their own words — “lit as fuck.” Closing with their latest single “Black Beatles” was the icing on the cake: the final line on the hook, “They lose it when the DJ drops the needle,” providing their thesis statement. Rae Sremmurd know how to party, and have proven that they can bring everyone with them along the way.
Check their set list below.
“Start a Party”
“Come Get Her”
“Throw Some Mo”
“Shake It Fast”