The Rae Sremmurd is an American hip-hop/rap duo composed of real-life brothers Aaquil and Khalif Brown, better known by their stage names “Slim Jxmmi” and “Swae Lee” respectively. The group’s name is derived from their home label “EarDrummers”, each word spelt backwards.
Their 2014 smash hit No Flex Zone produced by Mike Will Made-It created so much buzz and have been remixed by rap luminaries such as Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj. The duo is currently signed to Mike Will Made-It’s EarDrummers Entertainment.
Rae Sremmurd won Best Group at the 2016 BET Awards. Their 2016 hit Black Beatles peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was the unofficial theme song of the “Mannequin Challenge”.
From performing in clubs and shows in their locality just to survive to headlining sold-out concerts all over the US, these brothers have proven that they are a force to reckon with both in the present and future of hip-hop.
Rae Sremmurd Bio, Wiki
Aaquil Iben Shamon Brown a.k.a Slim Jxmmi was born on December 29, 1993 while his brother Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown a.k.a Swae Lee was born June 7, 1995. Both were born in Inglewood, California. Their mother, Bernadette Walker worked with the army and their father left when the boys were pretty young.
Due to her job with the army, their mom got deployed to different states, causing the family to move several times. From California, they moved to Mississippi and then to Maryland before the family finally settled in the military post of Fort Hood, Texas.
When their mum left the army, the family moved back to Mississippi to join her new spouse, Floyd Sullivan. The boys settled with their new stepfather in the notorious Ida Street housing projects, Tupelo city. Their stepfather sold drugs to support the family and keep the boys in school.
They started making music in their mother’s basement while still in high school, writing their own songs and making their own beats. They were part of a three-man group which went by the moniker “Dem Outta St8 Boyz”. At this point, they were getting noticed within their locality, got to perform at birthday parties and shows. However, that didn’t translate to cash for the boys, it was all work with not much money to show for it.
They got their big break when they got signed on to multi-platinum producer Mike Will Made-It’s EarDrummers Entertainment.
Family, Mom, Brothers
The boys didn’t know much about their father and so, their mother Bernadette and brother Michael was the only family they had. Their mother remarried after she left the army, thus, they got a father figure in their stepdad Floyd Sullivan. However, their mother’s second marriage ended in a divorce after some years, leaving the boys with just one parent again.
When they started working on their music career while still in high school, it took up so much of their time that they started skipping school. Their mom was so frustrated with their lifestyle and threw her boys out.
The brothers were forced to put up in abandoned buildings while working dead-end jobs just to keep their music going. Putting their music on the internet got them the needed exposure and earned the duo appearances on the popular “Wild Out Wednesdays” segment on BET’s 106th & Park music video countdown show.
As a single mother, their mother Bernadette Walker raised the boys on her own. Aaquil and Khalif Brown have two brothers: Michael with whom they share the same father and a younger half-brother, Floyd Jr. Sullivan, from their mother’s second marriage.
The Rae Sremmurd duo are almost equal in height. Aaquil Brown a.k.a. Slim Jxmmi, the older of the duo stands at 5ft 9″ while his little brother Khalif Brown a.k.a. Swae Lee is just an inch shorter and stands at 5ft 8″.
Aaquil Brown is aged 24 and his little brother Khalif Brown is 22 years old. Still in their twenties, with so many enviable accomplishments to show for it, these youngsters certainly have a long way to go with their music.
Rae Sremmurd Net Worth
Admittedly, these brothers were not born with a silver spoon and growing up wasn’t too rosy for them but with sheer determination and hard work, they have held on to their talent and made it work for them. An estimated net worth of $3 million is evidence of how successful their career has been.
Several chart-topping hits, two platinum-certified albums and sold-out concerts all over the US and beyond have been sufficient to keep the annual income of the Rae Sremmurd at an average of $360,000.