Swae Lee

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Swae Lee
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Swae Lee performing in 2015
Background information
Birth name Khalif Malik Ibin Shaman Brown
Born (1995-06-07) June 7, 1995 (age 23)[1]
Inglewood, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Rae Sremmurd
Website raesremmurd.com

Khalif Malik Ibin Shaman Brown, better known by his stage name Swae Lee, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi.

In 2017, the single "Unforgettable" by French Montana featuring Swae Lee, reached the top 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Life and career[edit]

Brown was born in Inglewood, California, to a single mother who worked on tanks in the United States Army.[2] 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".[3]

After graduating high school, Brown, alongside his brother Slim Jxmmi had a period of homelessness.[4] 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.

Brown featured on a song as a solo artist for the first time in 2015, on Mike-Will-Made-It's "Drinks on Us"[5] and then Wiz Khalifa's "Burn Slow",[6] the latter cracking the Billboard Hot 100, making it Brown's first solo entry on the chart. On April 7, 2017, Brown was featured on French Montana's "Unforgettable."[7] The song peaked at 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Brown's first top 10 as a solo artist.[8]

On August 12, 2016, Brown announced that he was working on his debut solo album, Swaecation vol. 1 which is to be released on May 4, 2018.[9] In December 2017, Brown released TR666 alongside Trippie Redd.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

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 [11]

MTVU Woodie Awards[edit]

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 [12]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

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 [13]