On first listen, I gave SremmLife 2 a solid 7 out of 10. Since its release, I’ve listened to it a couple more times on shuffle and while my rating of the album overall is the same, I’ve found some of the tracks to be more tolerable and accepted that this album just isn’t what I was expecting it to be.
Rae Sremmurd’s debut album was lit. The production was on point. The duo’s vim and vigor on each track was seamless. SremmLife was a great project and the follow up just wasn’t as exciting, in my opinion. Where SL was turnt up and packed with party anthems, SL2 has swapped with darker, more reflective tunes.
It’s definitely worth mentioning that production on SL2 is noticeably different from its predecessor. Mike WiLL Made-It produced most of the album, which some might say parallels parts of Future’s DS2 with its sinister and less manic approach.
The duo drops bars about love lost on tracks like “Now That I Know” and “Take It or Leave It.” They also reflect on their come up on “Came A Long Way.”
All in all, SremmLife 2 is a decent album. If you’re willing to pick through the project for tracks with Rae Sremmurd’s signature sound, songs like “Black Beatles” with Gucci Mane, “Real Chill” featuring Kodak Black and the DJ Mustard-helmed “Set the Roof” with Lil Jon are worth checking out.