Today, Rae Sremmurd releases “Denial,” their first single as a duo in four years. Listen HERE. Laced with stirring strings and earnest reflections on relationships, the track is a gentle departure from their typically high octane club anthems, but their chemistry is as strong as ever. The track also arrives alongside an immersive new video.
Swae Lee kicks off “Denial” by ruminating on struggling lovers, a cautionary tale he’s not all that sure he wants to abide by: “I must confess, I ain’t never loved a girl like this/it’s worth a try, you in denial,” For his part Slim Jxmmi also takes a dip into sentimentality, letting loose soul-baring revelations.
The striking visual for “Denial” finds Swae and Slim belting their hearts out as they roam a beach in Brazil, and travel through the nightlife of busy city’s streets. Idyllic and romantic, the colorful and heartwarming video suits the intimate feeling of the track itself as well as making the case that the song will make the perfect soundtrack for a warm summer night with the people you love. Given the excitement around Rae Sremmurd’s long-awaited comeback, it’s fitting that the video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU, and on the Paramount Times Square billboards.
“Denial” marks the first time Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have connected on record since 2018’s SR3MM, a triple-album that established their solo prowess while reaffirming their status as the most innocative duos in hip hop. That’s the process that began nearly a decade ago.