Exploring Swae Lee’s Successful Collaborations, Accumulated Wealth and Relationships

The five-time Grammy Award nominee, Swae Lee is a rising star indeed. The American rapper, singer, and songwriter released his debut solo studio album ‘Swaecation’ on May 4, 2018. But before then, he had formed the hip-hop duo Rae Sremurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi sometime in 2013. Swae has also been featured on many well-acclaimed music albums such as the single ‘Sunflower’ by Post Malone which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 despite being only on a film soundtrack.

The African-American sensation, keeps expanding his territory. In May 2019, for example, he collaborated with ‘the Queen of Pop’ Madonna on the song ‘Crave’.

Swae Lee Kickstarted His Music Career in High School

Swae Lee was born Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown at Inglewood California, USA, on June 7, 1995. But he was raised in Tupelo Mississippi alongside his brothers Slim Jxmmi and Michael Bro by a single mother whose name we are yet to ascertain. Theirs was a struggling African-American family. Their mother worked on tanks in a United States Army cantonment. She managed to sponsor her three boys through high school and could do no more in terms of catering for them. But the boys seemed to be conscious of this fact already as they started trying to earn their own living right from high school.

With a local rapper named Lil Pantz, Swae and Slim formed a hip-hop/pop group named ‘Dem Outta St8 Boyz’ while still at Tupelo High School and began to write songs. Their hard work notwithstanding, Swae Lee and his brother got so broke at a time that they became homeless sometime after high school, squatting in an abandoned building. Despite these challenges, they were determined to succeed. Indeed, they probably formed Rae Sremmurd during this period of great trial. But no one knew of their new name until 2013 when they were signed to EarDrummers Entertainment, a record label belonging to Mike Will Made-It.

Attaining Fame as One Half of Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd’s relationship with Mike Will Made-It remains cardinal in Swae’s career progression as it gave him all the leverage he needed to launch into stardom. Since signing with EarDrummers Entertainment, the duo have released three studio albums, three mixtapes and thirteen singles. They have encountered tremendous success in the past years, as their first studio album ‘SremmLife’ which was dropped in January 2015 peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and equally spawned triple platinum-certified singles such as ‘This Could Be Us’, ‘Throw Sum Mo’, ‘No Flex Zone’ and ‘Come Get Her’

In the following year, the hip hop duo gained international recognition with the release of their second album titled ‘SremmLife 2’. The album clinched the No. 4 spot on the US Billboard 200 and produced many chart-topping singles including ‘Black Beatles’ featuring Gucci Mane that became a top-ten charting song in many music charts across the globe, as it peaked atop the US Billboard 200, US R&B/Hip-Hop chart and US Rap chart.

Later in May 2018, Rae Sremmurd dropped their third studio album ‘SR3MM’ which was gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), producing hit singles such as ‘Perplexing Pegasus’, ‘Powerglide’ feat Juicy J, and ‘Guatemala’. Swae Lee and his brother are currently working towards the release of their fourth album titled ‘Sremm4Life’. Thus far in their illustrious career, they have been featured by many other music artists including Baauer, Ty Dolls $ign, Davido, ILoveMakonnen, Jhené Aiko, Burns, and Afrojack.

His Hit Collaborative Projects

In 2015, Swae went solo for the first time when he was featured on Mike Will Made It’s single ‘Drink On Us’ alongside rappers Future and The Weeknd. That same year (in September), Swae made his first solo appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 when a song he was featured in (Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Burn Slow’) peaked at number 83. Two years later, he was featured on French Montana’s song ‘Unforgettable’ which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The following year, Swae finally made his first solo appearance at the top of the chart when he was featured on Post Malone’s ‘Sunflower’ which was a part of the soundtrack for the 2018 computer-animated superhero film Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse. Then in 2017, the talented rap artist was featured in Jhené Aiko’s ‘Sativa’ which sold over 2million units in the US.

In the same year, he collaborated with Wiz Khalifa in a platinum-certified single ‘Hopeless Romantic’, as well as Travis Scott in ‘Sicko Mode’ featuring alongside Drake and Big Hawk. The single peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, US R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and US Rap chart and was also certified 7-times platinum by RIAA, 4-times platinum by ARIA and platinum by BPI. His other hit collaborations include ‘Close to Me’ by Ellie Goulding and Diplo, and ‘Arms Around You’ by XXXTentacion and Lil Pump.

What is Swae Lee’s Net Worth?

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Swae Lee performs live at Wireless Festival, Day 3, Finsbury Park, London in July 2018: Image source.

Swae Lee is reported to be worth an estimated amount of $9 million which he gathered mainly from his songs and endorsements. His songs which are well-loved by his teeming fans have attracted five Grammy nominations to him. In 2017, he was nominated for  ‘Song Of The Year’ (as a songwriter) for his song ‘Formation’. Two years later in 2019, he got a double Grammy nomination, for ‘Best Rap Performance’ and ‘Best Rap Song’. He got both nominations for his song ‘Sicko Mode’.

Later in 2020, the songwriter gained two more nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Sunflower’ with Post Malone. He equally augmented his financial value through his songwriting efforts, having penned down the Grammy-nominated Song of the Year ‘Formation’ for Beyoncé‘s ‘Lemonade’. Lee also the brain behind the lyrics for ‘Black Barbies’ by Mike Will Made-It and Nicki Minaj.

In 2017, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi signed a remunerative sneaker endorsement deal with Reebok and became ambassadors for their Classic Leather sneakers. Although the worth of the deal is yet to be made public, it is believed that the two music artists sealed a $20 million worth endorsement deal with Luc Belaire champagne in 2018.

Rae Sremmurd has additionally raked in millions of dollars from their SremmLife Tour in 2015, as well as the SremmLife 2 Tour. They were also among the supporting acts for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour and The Weeknd’s Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour. We expect Swae Lee’s net worth to have an exponential growth as he keeps progressing in his career. He purchased a $3.5 million mansion in Los Angeles Suburbs in December 2019.

A Peek at the Hit Making Rapper’s Love Life

Swae Lee has been in an on-and-off relationship with Marliesia Ortiz in the past years. Prior to that, he briefly dated Instagram model Celina Powell who is quite famed for dating eminent American rappers in 2016. He then started dating Marlie in the following year. However, the social media sensation broke up with Swae in early 2019 after accusing him of infidelity, having alleged that he cheated on her with American model and entrepreneur, Blac Chyna. She also cited physical and emotional abuse as the reason for the split.


After it was believed that Swae and Marlie had parted ways, the two later got back in the same year. Then in December 2019, a video of a fiery altercation between the pair went viral as Swae Lee’s on-and-off girlfriend tried to smash the windows of his Lamborghini, and the rapper asked her to leave his property. She, afterward, placed a $20,000 bounty on his head which she subsequently retracted through Instagram posts that have since been deleted. Although the Grammy nominee has claimed to be single since January 2020, Marlie has insisted that they are still an item and even alleged that she is with his child.

Marliesia is an African-American brunette from Florida. She became famous first as an Instagram star by posting her selfies that got many fans awed. She has since also become the Ambassador for Fashionnova, a top online fashion store for women and men.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


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