Rae Sremmurd’s ambitious triple-disc endeavor is on the way, and last night, we were treated to the latest look from the extensive album. Cut from the same cloth as Swae Lee & French Montana’s breakout “Unforgettable,” Swae’s “Guatemala” finds the singer waxing poetic over a radio-friendly bounce from Mally Mall. While the song itself is mere hours old, it seems likely that Swae’s ficial lead single will continue to establish the young talent as a commercial juggernaut.
Now, during an interview with Beats 1’s Carl Cheryl, Swae opens up about the track’s origin story; like any essential summer banger, it all started with the ladies. As they say, women control the vibes, especially when you’re young and rich. “I was taking a break from all my shows cause I’d been touring for four years,” says Swae. “My homie across the street had like, a huge Scarface house, and he had a studio in there too. We used to have house parties over there, vibing and recording. There was about twenty girls in the studio, and he was going through beats, and he played that one.”
Swae smiles. “Everybody was bouncing the same way. I ain’t even have no words. I’m like man, this is fire. I ended up saying ‘Guat-E-Mala’ the syllables, it was just so perfect.” After laying down some vocals on the spot, all the girls were eager to hear the creation again.