Swae Lee is often cited as being the more talented one out of the Rae Sremmurd duo and on face value I’d tend to agree. His musical range seems to be the most expansive and he’s not afraid to experiment with different sounds and approaches. On Swaecation, for example, the parallels between their new project and Outkasts’ continues (parallels not equal) as Swae Lee goes full blown pop/R&B. Although I’d call it more melodic rapping than actual singing – he doesn’t have the strongest vocals in that regard, but what he lacks in traditional singing ability, he more than makes up for with some really infectious melodies and a harmony with the production that just feels “right.” Whereas his brother’s project was more about the traditional turn up, Swaecation is pure cruising music with all it’s lush, feel good soundscapes. In fact, the production as a whole is fantastic, even the prerequisite island track doesn’t feel ‘tired’, and I’d say out of all 3, it’s definitely the strongest and most interesting with changes and experimentation that really pays off.
Rae Sremmurd has proven that they sound fine as solo artists but "Sr3mm", while not musically as good as "Swaecation" and a bit better than "Jxmtro", shows that they still sound at their best when feeding off of each other's energy and what they both respectively bring to the table.
I wasn't sure I'd want to hear an entire project of just Slim Jxmmi rapping but he proves that he's more than competent by today's standards, if not a bit repetitive. But who are we kidding, we don't come to Rae Sremmurd for the lyrics and artistry, we come for the turn up; and in that regards Jxmtro has the most to offer in terms of pure turn up out of the three.
Post Malone's latest doesn't do much in the way of evolving his craft, as the entire album just feels like a long collection of homogeneous 'moods' with songs that sound like every other song on the album that sound like every other song on his previous album. But "beerbongs & bentleys" is an easy (if not mindless) listen and there are a good number of stand out moments, it's just that none of them feel as innovative or exciting as when he first burst onto the scene.
“I can feel the weight of what you say (ooh, ooh) I had explanations for days (ooh, ooh) Don’t think you’re the only one that’s sane It seems like we’re not on the same page All I do is think when I’m away”
Have you heard Swaecation? What’d you think about it? What do you think of Swae Lee as a solo act? Hows does Swaecation compare to Jxmtron and Sr3mm? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Swae Lee – Swaecation Reaction
Swae Lee just solidified the claim that he's the most talented out of Rae Sremmurd with a project full of lush cruising music and pop/R&B experimentation that paid off far more than one might imagine. Out of all 3 offerings, "Swaecation" is by and far the real standout of the bunch.