Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd set the game alight with their 2015 debut release 'Sremmlife', which featured a selection of uptempo beats perfect for a party and basic lyricism that concentrated more on hyping up the listener, rather than focussing on conveying any real messages or exhibiting skill on the microphone. 2016 brings their follow up effort, imaginatively titled 'Sremmlife 2', and it's a whole load more of the same.
The LP opens with 'Start A Party', which is basic in its content, yet the undeniably energetic track is an obvious choice to kick things off with. Florida rapper Kodak Black appears on 'Real Chill', and the looming cut, complete with menacing bass and gritty vocals from the three MC's, is an early standout. The problem with 'Sremmlife 2' becomes apparent all too quickly; the lack of diverse sonics and styles starts to irritate before we've even made it to the half-way point; even a Gucci Mane feature on 'Black Beatles' fails to inject any kind of real originality or memorability into the album.
Lil Jon makes an appearance on 'Set The Roof', and the bouncy, bass-driven banger is an example of Rae Sremmurd doing what they do best; both Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi demonstrate catchy bars and charismatic deliveries, and crunk pioneer Lil Jon's animated contribution is a welcome addition.
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Aaquil 'Slim Jimmy' Brown, Khalif 'Swae Lee' Brown and Rae Sremmurd - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the Live Nation National Concert Day 2015 Summer Spotlight event which was held at the Irving Plaza in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th May 2015
The singer also performed with rap duo Rae Sremmurd.
Everyone's favourite pop rebel Miley Cyrus made a welcome surprise appearance at SXSW 2015 during Mike WiLL Made It's much-anticipated headline set at the Fader Fort on Thursday (March 19th 2015) alongside the likes of Riff Raff and Future.
Miley Cyrus brought sass to SXSW
Despite recent rumours regarding her personal life, Miley proved to be on top form in her professional life as she brought the house down during her unexpected performance alongside Mike Will Made It - who was scheduled to be mysteriously headlining with 'Friends'.
A thrillingly diverse music line-up, brough to you by SXSW 2015's Hype Hotel.
The line-up for one of SXSW's most anticipated showcases, Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat, has now been announced - and it looks like 2015 is setting up for some up and coming talent of epic proportions come March 17th. As if the Austin festival wasn't getting hot enough!
Line-up addition Natalie Prass is not to be missed
Selected by a variety of top music blogs via Hype Machine, Hype Hotel presents the best in new talent from every genre in a spectacular showcase at SXSW which this year takes place between March 17th and 21st 2015. On the pop spectrum, we have everything from BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years And Years to Nashville singer Natalie Prass, whose classic songwriting calls to mind the likes of Beth Orton and a little Springfield. More on the electronic side of things is Michigan's own Daniel Wilson and Autre Ne Veut whose 2013 single 'Play By Play' was a definite fan favourite, and who bear some musical resemblance to Brit duo Hurts. Also worth a watch are US Heatseekers chart topper Ryn Weaver, Nashville indie quartet Coin and the very alternative Raury from Atlanta.
Mississippi group Rae Sremmurd, consisting of two brothers, are making real headway in their amped up, thugged out field. Their charismatic flows and deliveries, and the energetic, relentless instrumentals they rock on 'SremmLife', their debut album, make it easy to see why people have jumped on their wave. The high octane vibe is found throughout this project; Rae Sremmurd are clearly not overly concerned with highly technical lyricism, their approach is geared more towards clubs, and unashamedly so.
From the outset of 'SremmLife', it's clear what kind of ride you've buckled in for. The thumping 'Lit Like Bic' is a perfect opener for Rae Sremmurd's album debut, instantly introducing you to their vibrant outlook. The unashamedly swagged out beats and flows continue with the Mike Will Made It production 'No Flex Zone', and although this is not my preferred side of rap music, their energy cannot be denied, and what they lose in content they make up for in sheer enthusiasm. The melodic side of Rae Sremmurd is shown on 'This Could Be Us', and even on this track, potentially the album's most commercial track, the street element of Sremmurd's music is still at the forefront. The slightly strained singing on 'Come Get Her' is sometimes a little grating, but this rawness is still somewhat endearing.
Rae Sremmurd have employed some pretty notable names to appear as guests on 'SremmLife'. Nicki Minaj and Young Thug join the two brothers on 'Throw Sum Mo', although this track feels a little lacklustre with a pretty forgettable and repetitive beat which is more restrained than much of the other material on this album. Even so, it's the duo themselves that impress most on this track, far more so than the two huge names featured. Big Sean appears on 'Yno', and the tense instrumental backs charismatic and consistent flows, and the Detroit spitter puts in a tight performance.
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New acts have been announced for the New Look Wireless Festival taking place in London this July.
Wireless Festival goers will be delighted to hear that new acts have been announced for this year's line-up. London's biggest pop festival is looking better than ever with some explosive first announcements.
The weekend of the 3rd-5th July 2015 will feature some of the UK and beyond's finest artists performing at Finsbury Park in London. Among new additions are A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Major Lazer, Stromae, Partynextdoor, Netsky, Robin Schulz, Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, Collie Buddz and Pusha T.
After nearly three months on sale, there's still no sign of Taylor Swift's domination of the American charts coming to an end.
Another week, another number one album! Taylor Swift sits atop the latest edition of the US Billboard 200 in figures released by Nielsen SoundScan. For a ninth week, the superstar’s fifth album 1989 is the best-selling album in America.
In the week ending January 11th, it sold 155,000 equivalent units, in figures that take into account track equivalent album sales and streaming equivalent album sales. In pure album sales alone, 1989 shifted 111,000 copies which, while down 35% on last week’s total, was easily enough to put it ahead of its challengers.
Taylor Swift, pictured here with fellow pop star Lorde, is Number 1 in the US yet again
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