They used to party at the Motel 6 in Tupelo, Mississippi—rent out a room, invite every girl they could think of, and stay all weekend. The idea was that Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi would be the only guys, but of course other dudes always showed up. Among them was a kid named Jay who went to a different high school, who would grab the room next door whenever he heard Swae and Jxmmi were having a party. Jay recalls wandering over, seeing the two brothers, and thinking, Y’all are so cool.
Swae and Jxmmi, whose real names are Khalif Brown and Aaquil Brown, were cool. They were members of what was essentially a boy band, and one of their songs, “Party Animal,” had become a local hit. That was how Jay became aware of them: He heard “Party Animal” playing at the neighborhood skating rink and thought, Oh, my God. Whoever made this song is going to be so famous one day.