Hailing from the same hometown as Elvis Presley and Diplo, Tupelo, Mississippi born American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd (brothers Slim
A treat for fans of all ages, amidst their performances at this year’s FOMO Festival, held throughout cities across the country. Our team was lucky to catch their sold-out sideshow in Sydney.
From their beginnings as young kids practicing dancing and writing music together, and learning to produce music on Fruity Loops – it was clear the crowd was anticipating a great show from the famous brothers, known for making catchy songs that end up being used as meme challenges or my favourite use of their music – Solange doing a choreographed dance with her son Julez using Rae Sremmurd’s ‘No Flex Zone’ to her wedding to Alan Ferguson in November 2014.
Managing to catch the last few minutes of Rae Sremmurd’s opening act – Australian rapper, singer and musician Carmouflage Rose who also appeared at FOMO this year, kept the energy levels of the all-ages crowd at an all-time high with his performance.
Entering the show right as
Introducing Rae Sremmurd was none other
The great thing about Rae Sremmurd’s show was the variety of their setlist, playing songs that spanned from their debut album – “SremmLife” (2015) including ‘No Flex Zone’, ‘Come Get Her’ and ‘No Type’ to their second album “SremmLife 2” (2016) with ‘Black Beatles’ and their latest album, “SR3MM” (2018) performing ‘Buckets (feat. Future)’ and ‘Perplexing Pegasus,’ ‘Chanel (feat. Swae Lee & Pharrell)’ from “Jxmtro” and ‘Guatemala’ from “Swaecation.”
By performing a vast setlist of their discography, this allowed fans from all walks of life to enjoy their performance immensely. Throughout the show, their constant mention of being in Sydney, Australia and incorporating our hometown into their lyrics made the fans and even myself go wild with excitement. A simple gesture for an artist to do that makes the crowd always feel at home.
As the end of their set approached, they finished with their most popular track on Spotify – the 2018 hit ‘Powerglide (feat. Juicy J)’ which sent everyone into a frenzy, creating numerous mosh pits in the crowd, much to the dismay of the security guards at the Enmore.
Music is made to be enjoyed by everyone, and Rae Sremmurd really showed that with this performance. With their youthful energy and their appreciation of their fans (at one stage, getting three local kids to sing along with them on stage), I can see why their concert was sold out and why they have a growing fanbase across the world. It appears that Rae Sremmurd is everyone’s type.
Words and photography by Talica Tamanitoakula.
9 January 2019