Rae Sremmurd Biography
The duo had been working for several years under the moniker "Dem Outta St8 Boyz", producing music at home and playing at local parties and their mom's basement and bars. They had used money from part-time jobs to be able to travel and audition in contests. The group performed as a trio with additional member Andre Harris and appeared on television during the "Wild Out Wednesday" segment of BET's hip hop and R&B show 106 and Park. The trio appeared on the segment for a second time in which they finished second place overall in the competition, and had also managed to have meetings with representatives from record labels Def Jam Recordings and Sony Music, although they were unable to sign a record deal. The group then also toured out of state, performing at multiple shows as far as.
Dem Outta St8 Boyz signed with Ear Drummers Entertainment on January 1, 2014. Shortly after, its name was changed to Rae Sremmurd (Ear Drummers spelled backwards). Sremmurd released their debut album, SremmLife, on January 6, 2015. SremmLife debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, and spawned four singles. The first, titled "No Flex Zone", was released on May 15, 2014. The song gained considerable media attention after an official remix was released by rappers Nicki Minaj and Pusha T. The single peaked at number thirty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. On September 17, 2014 they released their second single, titled "No Type" which climbed to number sixteen on the Hot 100, becoming their most successful single to date. Both singles have been certified platinum by the RIAA. The third single from the album, "Throw Sum Mo", featured Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, and peaked at number thirty on the Hot 100. "This Could Be Us" went on to serve as SremmLife's fourth single, and was released to US urban adult contemporary radio on April 21, 2015.