Swae Lee performing in 2015
|Birth name||Khalif Malik Ibin Shaman Brown|
June 7, 1995|
Inglewood, California, U.S.
|Associated acts||Rae Sremmurd|
Life and career
Brown was born in Inglewood, California, to a single mother who worked on tanks in the United States Army. 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".
After graduating high school, Brown, alongside his brother Slim Jxmmi had a period of homelessness. 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" and then Wiz Khalifa's "Burn Slow", 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." The song peaked at 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Brown's first top 10 as a solo artist.
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. In December 2017, Brown released TR666 alongside Trippie Redd.
Awards and nominations
|2017||"Formation" (as songwriter)||Song of the Year||Nominated|||
MTVU Woodie Awards
|2017||Swae Lee||Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|||
Soul Train Music Awards
|2016||"Formation" (as songwriter)||The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award||Nominated|||
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- "What Happens in Vegas With Rae Sremmurd". Complex. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "Rae Sremmurd Behind The Scenes with Shorty Da Prince". ZHipHopCleveland.com.com. WENZ. 2 July 2014.
- "Interview: Rae Sremmurd". ACCLAIM. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- 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
- Burn Slow (feat. Rae Sremmurd) - Single by Wiz Khalifa on Apple Music, 2015-09-03, retrieved 2018-02-08
- "French Montana Earns First No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart With 'Unforgettable'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
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