Atlanta-based Metro Boomin is more than just “Bad and Boujee,” and put in a lot of work before (and after) linking with the Migos. The 23-year-old producer has credits on 19 chart-topping singles and counting.
Connecting with Future over four years ago opened the door for other big collaborations with hip-hop leaders like Drake, Kanye and Big Sean. This year he has already produced the viral vibes behind Future’s “Mask Off” and helped craft Kodak Black’s first top 10 track on the Billboard Hot 100, showing that his fierce momentum is here to stay.
Here’s is a closer look at his production journey so far.
Metro Boomin (born Leland Tyler Wayne) got his start 10 years ago at the young age of 13, when his mom bought him a laptop and he immediately downloaded the production software FruityLoops, which he still uses.
While still in high school in St. Louis, his mother would drive him 8 hours to Atlanta so he could produce and begin to make life-changing connections with artists like OJ da Juiceman and Gucci Mane.
After relocating to Atlanta, Metro produced “Karate Chop” for Future, and it set off a hip-hop production takeover.
After several successful singles with early supporter Future in 2013, the Drake-assisted ILoveMakonnen track “Tuesday” in 2014 proved Metro was off to a gigantic start.
“Tuesday” begins with the iconic “Metro Boomin want some more” ad-lib, which signifies that the song you’re hearing is lit. It has a lighter sound than normal Metro productions, which could be because it was co-produced by Sonny Digital.
ILoveMakonnen’s high-pitched sound and quirk are just as infectious as the beat, making the rap-sing verse by the “6 God” both icing on the cake and a tease for what was about to come next.
Future Hive and OVO love
After establishing the Future Hive and OVO connections, more fire collaborations were on the way.
Sure enough, Metro produced two mega-hits in 2015, including “Where Ya At” by Future featuring Drake and “Jumpman” by Drake and Future.
Metro “Takeover” Boomin
After a fruitful 2015, Boomin’s stamina wasn’t really a question, but nonetheless he dominated the 2016 hip-hop scene with consistent production credits.
Last March, he helped produce the eerie-sounding “Low Life” by Future and the Weeknd. Then, a string of platinum hits followed, including “You Was Right” by Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, “Congratulations” by Post Malone featuring Quavo, and “X” and “No Heart” by 21 Savage.
Early this year, “Bad and Boujee” reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after an unexpected shoutout from Childish Gambino at the Golden Globes.
The Savage Mode singles and Migos track are still hard to escape well into 2017, but Metro Boomin’s still not slowing down.
In fact, his first prosperous single of the year was with an artist he hadn’t combined forces with before, Kodak Black. “Tunnel Vision” was a co-produced by Metro, Southside, and Cubeatz.
Co-producers Metro Boomin and Southside demonstrated the track’s danceability and liveliness before it was released worldwide.
Another hit Metro Boomin production is Future’s “Mask Off.” This song quickly became a viral internet sensation as the flute riff embedded in the beat inspired talented fans to create the Mask Off Challenge. On a deeper note, the song shows the trust that has been built between these two artists as it was produced solely by Metro.
Two artists who have collaborated with Metro Boomin are in the Twin Cities this week. Migos will perform at Myth on Tuesday, April 18, and 21 Savage will perform at Myth on Wednesday, April 19.