Swae Lee is an American rapper who is best known as being one half of the platinum album selling hip-hop group Rae Sremmurd. As a solo artist, Swae Lee has managed one album while also contributing to other artists’ records, most notably French Montana’s five times platinum record, ‘Unforgettable’.
Biography (Age, Real Name)
Swea Lee was born Khalif Malikibnsham Brown to a single mother named Bernadette Walker in Inglewood California on June 5, 1995. Details about his father are unknown aside from the fact that he walked away from his family soon after Lee’s birth.
Due to his mother’s work with the United States Army, the family moved around the states very often, living in Mississippi, Maryland, and Texas. While in Texas at the Fort Hood military post, Swea Lee and his older brother/future collaborator in the Rae Sremmurd group, Slim Jxmmi, began writing music and went on to teach themselves how to record songs with online software.
While in middle school, their mother left the army and had to move again. This time it was back to Mississippi where she had moved in with a new companion. The family settled in Tupelo, Mississippi, living in the Ida Street Housing Projects, a known poverty ridden and high crime section of the city.
After graduating high school, Swae Lee focused all his attention on his craft, looking at music as a way out of poverty. He formed a hip-hop rap group with his brother and a friend named Jemiah Middlebrooks, calling themselves Dem Outta State Boyz.
Swae Lee has revealed that he and his brother spent a good number of nights sleeping on the streets before catching their big break. This was because their mother kicked them out for skipping school and coming home very late at night.
The boys went on to release their first track titled ‘Party Animal’ which earned them local celebrity status. It also opened up doors for them to perform at local clubs and shows as opening acts while also garnering a huge following online.
After failing to get the attention of any big music executives, the brothers decided to move to Atlanta, a decision that turned out to be the best thing for their music career.
Out in Atlanta, the brothers met famed hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It who was impressed by their work and offered them a record deal. They signed on to Ear Drummers Entertainment under the moniker Rea Sremmurd, which is Ear Drummers spelled backward.
The duo started producing tons of songs, eventually releasing the hit single ‘No Flex Zone’ in 2014. The song went straight to the top of the charts, giving room for even better success for their second single ‘No Type’ which debuted at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. Their first studio album was eventually released in 2015 to critical and commercial acclaim. In total, the duo has released three studio albums; SremmLife, SremmLife 2, and SR3MM selling millions of records along the way.
As a solo artist, Swae Lee has featured on a number of other artists’ records as well as produced a number of them. His first solo foray into music was in 2015 on Mike Will’s track titled ‘Drinks on Us’ then on Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Burn Slow’. His biggest showing was on French Montana’s ‘Unforgettable’. In May 2018, he released his debut solo album titled Swaecation vol. 1.
Swae Lee’s Net Worth
Swae Lee has an estimated net worth of $3 million. This was achieved from singles, albums, tour tickets and merchandise sales. He also earns a huge amount of money from his YouTube page which currently amasses millions of views.
Swae Lee has been in an on-again-off-again relationship with Instagram model Marliesia Ortiz. It is not clear if the two are currently together following her alleged attack and robbery of a girl reported to be her boyfriend’s mistress.
Swae Lee is an American national of African American ethnicity. It is, however, unclear if he has traced his roots to any particular African nation.
Height, Weight, Other Facts
Birth Name: Khalif Malikibnsham Brown
Place of Birth: Inglewood, California
Date of Birth: June 7, 1995
Height: 1.73 m
Net Worth: $3 million