Last month, when Mike WiLL Made-It announced that the forthcoming Rae Sremmurd release would be a triple-album masterpiece featuring one joint affair and two solo endeavors by group members Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, everyone and their mother (with a Spotify account, of course) assumed that the decision was inspired by Migos' recently-released 24-track album, Culture II, Chris Brown's 45-track "album," Heartbreak on a Full Moon, and Drake's 22-track "project playlist," More Life.
In a new interview with Digital Trends, Lee, alongside his partner in rhyme, turned his nose up at the comparison:
"Everybody dropping albums. Making hella songs, but they doing it for streaming purposes, or whatever they’re doing it for," Lee told Keith Nelson Jr. "We ain’t doing it for that reason. We waited a whole year, and y’all didn’t get any music from us for a whole year. So, it’s time to come back strong and heavy."
Of course, that makes total sense. Swae and Slim aren't trying to game the system by releasing a triple-album in an attempt to boost their first-week sales equivalent total for the chance at debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—they are simply making up for lost time.
Whether you believe the game plan outlined by Lee or not, it's clear the duo have their eyes set on making history in one way or another.
"SremmLife 3 coming soon, triple disc. Nobody ever did it," Lee added. "OutKast hasn’t done it. They tried to compare us to OutKast. They didn’t do this. This is a triple disc."
While Lee is technically right, OutKast never released a triple-disc album, someone might want to let him know that Rae Sremmurd won't be the first act, hip-hop or otherwise, to release a triple album. In both 2012 and 2013, Bay Area legend E-40 released triple albums (The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1 through 3 and The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4 through 6).
There is currently no release date for SremmLife 3, but new material from both Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi is currently available for stream.