Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy may be making the club bangers that get athletes super-hype before games now, but it wasn’t too long ago that the brothers, which form the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd, needed their own pregame song list.
Swae Lee laced ‘em up on the gridiron at Tupelo High (Tupelo, Miss.) while Slim Jimmy dressed up as the school’s mascot.
“We were turnt-up too!” said Swae Lee, whose new album SremmLife debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. “You had to be. Those were the days!”
We caught up with Rae Sremmurd to chop-it-up about everything from their Football Friday memories to their new album to why they used to eat cold peas as kids.
Jason Jordan: I always like to hear about the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you went to Tupelo High School in Mississippi, but did you play sports there?
Swae Lee: I was a wide receiver! I was nice too!
Slim Jimmy: I was in the band and I was one of the guys who put on the mascot suit! I was one of the most turned up guys at the school! You had to be to be a mascot!
JJ: Both impressive; Swae Lee give me your shining moment as a receiver.
SL: Last game of the season and the team was counting on me. I had a 40 yard touchdown and we won the game. I was singing No Flex Zone and everything! We were turnt-up too! You had to be; those were the days!
JJ: Football your favorite sport?
SL: Football and ping pong.
SJ: Oh yeah we love ping long!
JJ: Swae Lee, if you were the No. 1 high school football recruit in the country when you were at Tupelo where would you have signed on to play your college ball?
SL: Ooh that’s a good one! I’d have to say LSU.
SJ: I’ll say Mississippi State or Ole Miss!
JJ: Let’s take this thing random; what fast food restaurant has the best burgers?
SJ: Taco Bell (Laughs)!
SL: I like that restaurant Yeah! Burger.
JJ: When you play Paper, Rock, Scissors which object typically gets you the win?
SL: (Laughs) Wow, that’s hilarious; probably rock.
SJ: I play Paper, Rock, Scissors while eating Taco Bell! (Laughs)
JJ: You’re hungry right now aren’t you?
SJ: (Laughs) I just love Taco Bell!
JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?
SL: Man I had a factory job where pillows would come down the line and we’d have to put them together! It was bad man!
SJ: Yeah 12-hour shifts too! Rough!
SL: We had to make that guapo though!
JJ: What do yellow traffic lights mean to you guys?
SL: Ooh, it means you’ve only got a few seconds before that red light comes so smash out!
SL: (Laughs) To me it means that if you don’t make that light you may be getting to Taco Bell even later! I really, really love Taco Bell.
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?
SL: Napoleon Dynamite!
SJ: Dumb and Dumber To!
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word or phrase right now?
SL: Swag, definitely swag.
JJ: You tap a car in a parking lot and no one’s around; do you leave a note or do you move to a different row?
SL: Oh man that’s a good one! I’d stay right there and act just as surprised as the other person when we walk back to the car. I’d be like, “What in the world happened to my car!” (Laughs)
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
SJ: I’d rob a bank.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
SJ: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
SL: Ooh Family Guy!
JJ: What was your worst childhood punishment?
SL: We had to get up early in the morning and eat cold peas for breakfast. Like right out of the bag! It was the worst.
JJ: Unfortunately you’ve found yourself in the Witness Protection Program, what are your cover names?
SL: (Laughs) Eugene Donovan.
SJ: January 1.
JJ: Your name is a date? Think the guys looking for you may have a better chance at finding you with that random name?
SJ: (Laughs) Maybe.
SL: (Laughs) They’d probably find him on January 1 too!
JJ: Talk or text?
SL: Text! I love it.
SJ: Neither. I like to SnapChat!
JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
SL: I don’t think I could!
SJ: I can!
JJ: Best fortune cookie message ever?
SL: It said, “You will be very successful.” That’s so crazy looking back on it.
JJ: Twitter or Instagram?
SJ: (Starts singing) Instaaaaaaa!
SL: Instagram! You get those DM’s from the ladies too! We like that. The DM life is a good look.
JJ: Who would you never want to meet in a dark alley?
SL: (Laughs) My grandma! I’d just be like, “What are you doing in this dark alley? Did you take your medicine?”
JJ: What random game are you the King of?
JJ: We’ve got the new album SremmLife, which was No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts so congratulations on that. Talk about the album and what fans can expect from you guys coming up.
SL: Well, first of all thank you for that! From the album you can expect great riding music, great chillin’ music and of course we’ve got the bangers No Type and No Flex Zone on there. It shows our versatility, but I think the next album will show even more versatility. This album also had a lot of great features like Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and Young Thug… Of course the fans know we’re gonna turn up and the music is gonna knock! It’s SremmLife! Let’s go!
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