Swae Lee

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Swae Lee
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Swae Lee performing in 2015
Background information
Birth nameKhalif Malik ibn Shaman Brown
Born (1995-06-07) June 7, 1995 (age 23)[1]
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteraesremmurd.com

Khalif Malik ibn Shaman Brown (born June 7, 1995), known professionally as 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, he was featured on the single "Unforgettable" by French Montana, which reached the top three on the US 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.

Life and career[edit]

Khalif Malik ibn Shaman 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.[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.[5] In September 2015, he was featured on Wiz Khalifa's "Burn Slow",[6] which peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lee's first solo entry on the chart.[citation needed]

In April 2017, Lee was featured on French Montana's "Unforgettable".[7] 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.[8] In December 2017, Brown released a song titled "TR666" alongside Trippie Redd.[9]

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.[10][11]

In October 2018, he featured on the song "Close to Me" by Ellie Goulding and Diplo.[12] On November 3, 2018, Lee featured on Post Malone's song "Sunflower"[13] for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Discography[edit]

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 [14]

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 [15]

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 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  2. ^ "What Happens in Vegas With Rae Sremmurd". Complex. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ "Rae Sremmurd Behind The Scenes with Shorty Da Prince". ZHipHopCleveland.com.com. WENZ. 2 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Interview: Rae Sremmurd". ACCLAIM. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ Drinks On Us (feat. The Weeknd, Swae Lee & Future) - Single by Mike WiLL Made-It on Apple Music, 2015-03-06, retrieved 2018-02-08
  6. ^ Burn Slow (feat. Rae Sremmurd) - Single by Wiz Khalifa on Apple Music, 2015-09-03, retrieved 2018-02-08
  7. ^ "French Montana Earns First No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart With 'Unforgettable'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  8. ^ "French Montana Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  9. ^ "Trippie Redd and Swae Lee Drop New Song TR666 - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  10. ^ a b Morris, Jessie. "Swae Lee Announces Debut Solo Album 'Swaecation'". Complex.
  11. ^ "Rae Sremmurd Announce Release Date For "SR3MM" Triple Album". HotNewHipHop. April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Bein, Kat. "Ellie Goulding Shines With Diplo & Swae Lee on 'Close to Me': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.billboard.com/video/early-release-billboard-hot-100-top-10-november-3rd-2018-countdown-official-8482110. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "59TH Annual Grammy Awards Winners & Nominees". Grammy.
  15. ^ "Winners by Categorie - 2017 Woodies". MTV.
  16. ^ "2016 Soul Train Awards: See the Full Winners List". Billboard.