Rae Sremmurd briefly broke up in January. “I’m not Rae Sremmurd I’m slim jxmmi and ima sink or swim by myself,” Jxmmi wrote on Twitter, in a string of since-deleted tweets. “Not SremmLife. Y’all won it’s a wrap. Y’all still got ya mans swae y’all a be skraight.” The dissolution didn’t stick for long. However, it did speak to the precarious nature of the Tupelo duo. Their last release, Sr3mm, was an ambitious but stretched attempt to reconcile Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi’s diverging career paths into something cohesive. Swae’s melodic inclinations as a solo artist have netted him two Number One hits as a featured artist (“Sicko Mode,” “Sunflower”), while Jxmmi’s more aggressive stylistic contributions are often overlooked. It’s unfair, but it’s a tale as old as OutKast.
Put some respect on Slim Jxmmi’s name, because the world needs Rae Sremmurd together more than it needs their solo projects.