Producers Running the Game: Metro Boomin
The music industry has seen the rise of several talented producers in the past few years, especially in the Hip Hop scene. A producer that achieved great success in 2017 and is aiming for an even better 2018 is Leland Tyler Wayne, known professionally as Metro Boomin. He is best known for his successful collaborations with rap artists such as Future, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Migos, and Big Sean among others.
In 2016, Metro Boomin was credited with production on charting hits such as “Jumpman” by Future and Drake, “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, and “Low Life” by Future and The Weeknd. “Bad and Boujee reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it his first number one as a producer. In 2017 Metro was responsible for the slick production and infamous flutes on Future’s “Mask Off”, which peaked at No.5
Upon graduating high school, Metro Boomin moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, studying Business Management. Ultimately however, he chose to take a hiatus from school after a semester, because the schedule demands of a full-time music career became too much to balance. He officially started his career in 2013 after announcing his mixtape 19 and Boomin. The mixtape featured artists like Trinidad James, Gucci Mane, and others. Metro also served as executive producer for Drake (OVO music record label co-founder) and Future’s collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive released on September 20, 2015. In addition, he produced or co-produced seven of the 11 tracks on the mixtape.
Despite all of his success, Metro is just getting started. He’s accomplished more in just a few years than most producers accomplish in a lifetime. He’s the one to watch out for this year. Noisey caught up with the 22-year-old producer in Las Vegas for the series premiere of New Legends. Metro talks about his process, finding the right beats, how he deals with fame, and where he came from:
Check out the interview below: