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Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown (born June 7, 1993),[1][2][3] known professionally as Swae Lee, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi. In 2017, he was featured on the single "Unforgettable" by French Montana, which reached the top three on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut studio album, Swaecation was released on May 4, 2018, as a part of a triple album set, which also contained the studio albums SR3MM by Rae Sremmurd, and Jxmtro by Slim Jxmmi. He was later featured on the single "Sunflower", from the Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack, which has peaked at number one on the Hot 100, becoming his first top-charting single as a solo artist.[4]

Swae Lee
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Swae Lee in 2019
Background information
Birth nameKhalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown
Born (1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 26)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Life and careerEdit

Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown was born in Inglewood, California, to a single mother who worked on tanks in the United States Army.[5] Brown was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, and began to make music in high school with his brother Slim Jxmmi and local rapper Lil Pantz as "Dem Outta St8 Boyz".[6]

After graduating high school, Brown, alongside his brother Slim Jxmmi had a period of homelessness in which they squatted in an abandoned house.[7][8] In 2013, he and Slim signed to Mike Will Made It's label EarDrummers Entertainment as Rae Sremmurd. They have since released three studio albums under EarDrummers, SremmLife, SremmLife 2, and SR3MM.[citation needed]

In March 2015, Lee was featured on Mike Will Made It's "Drinks on Us", which also featured artists Future and The Weeknd, and became his first single as solo artist.[9] In September 2015, he was featured on Wiz Khalifa's "Burn Slow",[10] which peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lee's first solo entry on the chart.[11]

In April 2017, Lee was featured on French Montana's "Unforgettable".[12] The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lee's first top ten single on the chart as a solo artist.[13] In September 2018 Jhené Aiko featured Brown on her track "Sativa."[14] Two months later, Brown released a song titled "TR666" alongside Trippie Redd.[15]

On May 4, 2018, almost two years after its initial announcement in August 2016, Lee released his debut solo album, Swaecation as a part of a triple album set, which also contained Rae Sremmurd's third studio album, SR3MM and Slim Jxmmi's debut studio album as a solo artist, Jxmtro.[16][17]

In October 2018, he featured on the song "Close to Me" by Ellie Goulding and Diplo.[18] Lee also collaborated on XXXTentacion's song "Arms Around You" after his death, along with Lil Pump and Maluma.[19]

On November 3, 2018, Lee featured on Post Malone's song "Sunflower" for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,[20] which became Malone's third and Lee's first song as a soloist to top the Billboard Hot 100.[21]

In May 2019, he collaborated on the song "Crave" with Madonna on her album Madame X.[22]

In August 2019 Lee released "Won't Be Late" featuring Canadian artist Drake, produced by Tekno and Mike Will.

In October 2019, he featured on 88rising's "Walking", alongside Joji, Jackson Wang, and Major Lazer.


Lee has become known for his hooks and melodies, as demonstrated in collaborations with the likes of Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Anitta, French Montana and Post Malone among others. He's been described as 'the songbird of our generation',[23] with several of his peers and critics praising his vocal ability. According to a 2017 interview with A Polaroid Story, Lee describes himself more as a singer than a rapper. In many Rae Sremmurd hits, he brings the melodic side of the song, while his brother Slim Jxmmi contributes the more robust, rapping element of the group.[24]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

The Grammy Awards are annual awards presented by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2017 "Formation" (as songwriter) Song of the Year Nominated [25]
2019 "Sicko Mode" (with Travis Scott and Big Hawk) Best Rap Performance Nominated [26]
Best Rap Song Nominated
2020 "Sunflower" (with Post Malone) Record of the Year Pending
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Pending

MTVU Woodie AwardsEdit

The MTVU Woodie Awards are semi-annual awards presented by MTVU which it states recognizes "the music voted best by college students."

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2017 Swae Lee Songwriter of the Year Nominated [27]

Soul Train Music AwardsEdit

The Soul Train Music Awards are annual awards to honor the best in Black music and entertainment.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2016 "Formation" (as songwriter) The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated [28]

Teen Choice AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Verse)" Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Nominated


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  17. ^ "Rae Sremmurd Announce Release Date For "SR3MM" Triple Album". HotNewHipHop. April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Bein, Kat. "Ellie Goulding Shines With Diplo & Swae Lee on 'Close to Me': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  19. ^ "NEW MUSIC: XXXTENTACION & LIL PUMP FEAT. MALUMA & SWAE LEE – 'ARMS AROUND YOU'". Rap-Up. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
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  21. ^ Trust, Gary (January 14, 2019). "Post Malone & Swae Lee's 'Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
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