SR3MM is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. It was released on May 4, 2018, by Ear Drummer Records and Interscope Records. The triple album also includes the debut solo studio albums by each of the duo, Swaecation by Swae Lee and Jxmtro by Slim Jxmmi. The album features guest appearances by Juicy J, Travis Scott, Future, Pharrell, Young Thug, The Weeknd and Zoë Kravitz, among others.

SR3MM
Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Genre
Length
  • 38:04
  • 101:30 (with Swaecation and Jxmtro)
Label
Producer
Rae Sremmurd chronology
SremmLife 2
(2016)
SR3MM
(2018)
SremmLife 4
(TBA)
Singles from SR3MM
  1. "Perplexing Pegasus"
    Released: August 4, 2017
  2. "T'd Up"
    Released: February 5, 2018
  3. "Powerglide"
    Released: March 1, 2018
  4. "Close"
    Released: April 18, 2018
Swaecation
Swaecation.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Genre
Length35:13
Label
  • Ear Drummer
  • Interscope
Producer
  • Bizness Boi
  • Chopsquad DJ
  • Daniel + Harry
  • EY
  • FWDSLXSH
  • G. Ry
  • Karl Rubin
  • Mally Mall
  • Marz
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Neenyo
  • Scorp Dezel
  • Singawd
  • TuneDaRula
Singles from Swaecation
  1. "Hurt to Look"
    Released: March 1, 2018
  2. "Guatemala"
    Released: April 11, 2018
Jxmtro
Jxmtro.jpg
Studio album by
Slim Jxmmi
ReleasedMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
GenreTrap[3][4]
Length28:13
Label
  • Ear Drummer
  • Interscope
Producer
Singles from Jxmtro
  1. "Brxnks Truck"
    Released: March 1, 2018
  2. "Chanel"
    Released: April 5, 2018

SR3MM was supported by eight singles: "Perplexing Pegasus", "T'd Up", "Powerglide" and "Close" for SR3MM; "Hurt to Look" and "Guatemala" for Swaecation; and "Brxnks Truck" and "Chanel" for Jxmtro. The album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200, with 57,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

BackgroundEdit

In early 2018, Rae Sremmurd and Mike Will Made It announced that Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi would release their solo albums—Swaecation and Jxmtroduction—in the same package with an album by the duo, as a triple album package called SR3MM.[5]

SinglesEdit

The lead singles from the albums SR3MM, Swaecation and Jxmtro, "Perplexing Pegasus", "Hurt to Look" and "Brxnks Truck" was released on August 4, 2017, while the latter two were released on March 1, 2018, simultaneously.[6][7] The production for "Perplexing Pegasus" was handled by the duo's frequent collaborators Mike Will Made It, J-Bo, as well as Kent Lucciano, while "Hurt to Look", was handled by Bizness Boi, FWDSLXSH and EY, and "Brxnks Truck" was handled by Mike Will Made It and J-Bo.[8][9][10] The Tomás Whitmore-directed music video was released on November 17, 2017.[11][12] "Perplexing Pegasus" performed moderately on charts, peaking at number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13] The song was used in 15 second television commercials advertising each of the 12 National Football League (NFL) teams then competing in the 2017–18 playoffs.[14]

The second singles from the albums SR3MM, Swaecation and Jxmtro, "T'd Up", "Guatemala" and "Chanel" featuring Swae Lee and Pharrell, was released on February 5, 2018, April 11, 2018 and April 5, 2018, respectively.[15][16][17] The production for "T'd Up" was handled by Metro Boomin, Chopsquad DJ and Swae Lee, while the production for "Guatemala", was handled by Mally Mall, TuneDaRula and Karl Rubin, and "Chanel" by Mike Will Made It and 30 Roc.[15][16][17] "Guatemala" also performed moderately as "Perplexing Pegasus", peaking at number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13]

The third single from the album SR3MM, "Powerglide" featuring Juicy J, was released on March 1, 2018.[7] The production was handled by Mally Mall, Jean Hovart and Mike Will Made It.[18] The Andy Hines-directed music video was released on March 13, 2018.[18] The song peaked at number 34 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13]

The fourth single from the album SR3MM, "Close" featuring Travis Scott, was released on April 18, 2018.[19] The production was handled by 30 Roc and Mike Will Made It.[19] The song peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.9/10[20]
Metacritic76/100[21]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [22]
The A.V. ClubB+[23]
Consequence of SoundC+[4]
Exclaim!7/10[24]
The Guardian     [3]
Highsnobiety4.0/5[25]
HotNewHipHop79%[26]
Pitchfork8.1/10 / 7.4/10 / 7.6/10[27]
Rolling Stone     [28]

Publications varied in reviewing the albums as a collective album or individually. The triple-disc album received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 76, based on 10 reviews.[21] Neil Yeung of AllMusic concluded that "Taken as a whole – SR3MM is nearly two hours long – the album is a serious time investment. However, broken up into three parts as intended, it provides a trio of easily digestible bites that gives Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi freedom to indulge their own artistry while maintaining their bond as a duo."[22] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian concluded that SR3MM is "a decent triple album, but it would have been better yet boiled down to an eclectic single album" as "the grandness of the presentation slightly oversells the contents. Neither of the albums are as epic a statement as the concept suggests, and the best tracks from each could happily live side by side on a single album."[3] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork summarized: "The triple album from Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee is their clearest personal statement yet."[27] Meaghan Garvey of Rolling Stone wrote that "The hip hop duo's 27-track opus takes the electric chemistry that made them stars into rich new territory", adding that "their music has grown lusher, their cadences more complex, making the leap to SR3MM less of a stretch that it might seem."[28] Clayton Purdom of The A.V. Club believed that SR3MM delivers quantity and quality by zeroing in on its creators' charisma, clarifying the appeal that's been there the whole time. In the strange pantheon of triple LPs, there's nothing else like it."[23] Online publication Highsnobiety stated: "The collective album, overall, is more innovative, more daring, and flat-out riskier than its predecessors", adding that "the three albums contain fresh, carefully curated music."[25]

In a mixed review, Wren Graves of Consequence of Sound wrote that "There's the idea — the idea — that combined solo albums can add up to more than the sum of their parts. But musically, Speakerboxxx comes from another planet than The Love Below. On SR3MM, Discs One, Two, and Three are all hanging out on the same street corner. There are plenty of interesting moments. But it would have been nice to go on a journey."[4] Similarly, Tom Breihan of Stereogum concluded that SR3MM "stands as a misguided experiment, a too-long indulgence from a group that thrives on concision and immediacy."[29] Jordan Sargent of Spin believed that SR3MM "sports some of the duo's best ever songs", adding the thought that "it feels hypnotic and bewitching, the conjuring of a spell."[30] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork stated that SR3MM "is the strongest of the three albums, further proving that the pair work best as a unit."[27]

SwaecationEdit

Online publication Highsnobiety complimented Swae Lee's vocals and production, stating "the album's more melodic beats are where Swae's latest manifestation is heard clearest" and adding that Swaecation is "a tender passion project that allows one of hip hop's most melodically gifted stars to explore outside the familiar template that has brought him success thus far. Simply put, Swae Lee has delivered his most earnest and wholesomely candid work to date."[25]

JxmtroEdit

Comparing Jxmtro to Swaecation, Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork wrote that "While Swae's blend of pop, R&B, and dancehall is more daring, Jxmmi's Jxmtro is more consistent and reveals more of himself as an artist and person. As the more introverted (and less celebrated) of the two brothers, Jxmmi uses his opportunity to rap with fluidity, putting his ideas first for a change, rapping about growing up, outgrowing friends, and prioritizing."[27] Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! considered Jxmtro as "a less adventurous outing, but Jxmmi shows marked improvement in his own technique."[24]

AccoladesEdit

Publication List Rank Ref.
Billboard 50 Best Albums of 2018
50
Complex
30
Rolling Stone
25

Commercial performanceEdit

SR3MM debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200, with 57,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[34] On October 26, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streams in excess of 500,000 units in the United States.[35]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from iTunes metadata and Tidal.[36][37]

Disc 1 – SR3MM
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Up in My Cocina"4:06
2."Close" (featuring Travis Scott)
3:13
3."Bedtime Stories" (featuring The Weeknd)
  • Marz
  • Mike Will Made It
4:52
4."Perplexing Pegasus"
  • A. Brown
  • K. Brown
  • M. Williams
  • Justin Garner
  • Reginald Smith
  • Mike Will Made It
  • J-Bo
  • Kent Lucciano
3:24
5."Buckets" (featuring Future)
  • Marz
  • Mike Will Made It
4:41
6.""42""
  • A. Brown
  • K. Brown
  • Jermarcus Jackson
  • Diego Avendaño
  • D-Jay Sremm
  • Diego Ave
3:58
7."Powerglide" (featuring Juicy J)
  • A. Brown
  • K. Brown
  • Jordan Houston
  • Jamal Rashid
  • Jean-Marie Hovart
  • M. Williams
  • Mally Mall
  • Hovart
  • Mike Will Made It
5:32
8."Rock n Roll Hall of Fame"
4:26
9."T'd Up"
3:52
Total length:38:04
Disc 2 – Swaecation
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Touchscreen Navigation"
  • K. Brown
  • Andre Robertson
  • Trevor Slade
  • Daniel Cartisano
  • Harry Edwards
  • Bizness Boi
  • Singawd
  • Daniel + Harry
3:17
2."Heartbreak in Encino Hills"
  • K. Brown
  • Rashid
  • Oluwaseyi Agbeti
  • Scorp Dezel
  • Mally Mall
4:13
3."Heat of the Moment"
  • K. Brown
  • D. Jackson
Chopsquad DJ3:37
4."Offshore" (featuring Young Thug)
5:28
5."Guatemala" (with Slim Jxmmi)
  • A. Brown
  • K. Brown
  • Rashid
  • Akintude Akinwande
  • Karl Rubin
  • Mally Mall
  • TuneDaRula
  • Rubin
4:16
6."Lost Angels"
  • K. Brown
  • Robertson
  • Christopher Lamb
  • Christian Patey
Bizness Boi3:24
7."Hurt to Look"
  • K. Brown
  • Robertson
  • Adeyinka Bankole-Ojo
  • Eyobed Getachew
  • Bizness Boi
  • FWDSLXSH
  • EY
4:16
8."Red Wine"
2:28
9."What's in Your Heart?"
  • K. Brown
  • Robertson
  • R. Montreal
  • Bizness Boi
  • Fortune
  • Cardiak[a]
4:14
Total length:35:13
Disc 3 – Jxmtro
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Brxnks Truck"
  • A. Brown
  • M. Williams
  • Garner
  • Mike Will Made It
  • J-Bo
2:29
2."Players Club"
  • A. Brown
  • Garrett Lloyd
  • Tyler Langley
  • G. Lo
  • TL on the Beat
2:08
3."Anti-Social Smokers Club" (featuring Zoë Kravitz)
  • Pluss
  • Mike Will Made It
2:43
4."Chanel" (with Swae Lee featuring Pharrell)
  • 30 Roc
  • Mike Will Made It
4:24
5."Cap" (featuring Trouble)
  • 30 Roc
  • Mike Will Made It
3:12
6."Changed Up"
3:28
7."Keep God First"
3:41
8."Juggling Biddies" (featuring Riff 3X)
Zaytoven2:48
9."Growed Up"
  • A. Brown
  • Middlebrooks
  • M. Williams
  • Marz
  • Mike Will Made It
3:20
Total length:28:13

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an uncredited co-producer[38]
  • "Buckets" was originally titled "Buckets (Balling)"

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[37]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[56] Gold 40,000 
United States (RIAA)[35] Gold 500,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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