Metro Boomin

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Metro Boomin
Birth name Leland Tyler Wayne
Also known as
  • Metro Boomin
  • Young Metro
  • Metro Beatz
  • Metro
Born (1993-09-16) September 16, 1993 (age 22)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • DJ
Instruments
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website metroboomin.net

Leland Tyler Wayne (born September 16, 1993), professionally known as Metro Boomin (also known as Young Metro, Metro Beatz or simply Metro), is an American record producer and DJ from St. Louis, Missouri currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] Metro is best known for producing instrumentals for prominent rappers across the American hip hop industry such as Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Drake, and Kanye West.

Early life[edit]

Leland Tyler Wayne was born on September 16, 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Parkway North High School. After a brief stint playing bass guitar in his middle school band, Metro first started making beats in the seventh grade at age 13, when his mother bought him a laptop and he got a copy of the music production software FruityLoops.[1] In high school, Metro churned out five beats a day.[2] Initially, Metro wanted to rap, and started making beats so that he could have music to rap over, but after deciding that he liked making beats more than rapping, he put his full attention into production.[3] As he continued to develop his production sound, while still in high school, Metro began to utilize social media properties, like Twitter, to network with bigger artists and submit beats.[4]

Career[edit]

2009–13: Career beginnings[edit]

During high school, his mother would often drive him for over eight hours from St. Louis to Atlanta to collaborate with artists he met online. One of the first artists he worked with was a rapper named Tay Don which then led him to collaborate with rapper OJ Da Juiceman, Alley Boy, Gucci Mane, and eventually Future, an artist that he continues to associate with to this day.[3]

Metro first started traveling to Atlanta in the 11th grade to pursue a career in music, and, in an interview with XXL, Metro says that Atlanta rapper OJ Da Juiceman was the first popular artist to rap on his beats, a string of collaborations that ultimately led to Metro meeting and working with Gucci Mane during the summer between his junior and senior years of high school.[5] Upon graduating high school, Metro moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, studying Business Management, but he ultimately 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.[5] Since, Metro has collaborated with artists including Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Future, Yo Gotti, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, The Weeknd, YG, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Travi$ Scott, Ace Hood, S.A.M., Young Scooter, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Trinidad James, and Migos. Metro also regularly collaborates with other modern hip hop producers, including Sonny Digital, TM88, Southside, Zaytoven, Young Chop, and DJ Spinz.[1]

Metro has also worked extensively with popular rapper Future. The two first worked together on a song called "Hard", included on DJ Esco's Welcome 2 Mollyworld mixtape,[1] and have collaborated on numerous songs since, including two singles from Future’s sophomore album, Honest, the album's lead single, "Karate Chop", and title track, "Honest," co-produced by DJ Spinz.[6]

2013–present: Rise to fame[edit]

In May 2013, Metro formally announced his debut mixtape, 19 & Boomin.[7] Following warm-up singles, featuring artists like Trinidad James, Gucci Mane, and others, Metro released the mixtape, hosted by popular mixtape website LiveMixtapes, on October 7, 2013.[8] The mixtape, all original songs, included "Maison Margiela", featuring Future, and "Some More", featuring Young Thug, both of which were subsequently released as music videos.[9][10]

In March 2014, Metro and Young Thug announced that they would release a collaborative album, performed and released under the moniker "Metro Thuggin". The album will be self-titled and will be released sometime in 2015. Along with the announcement, Metro Thuggin released the collaborative track, "The Blanguage".[11] Metro produced the sixth single from Honest, "I Won", which features Kanye West.[12] The song became a single a month after the album was released.

In October 2014, Metro executively produced Future's "Monster" mixtape. This spawned the first appearance of hit single "Commas."

Metro served as executive producer for Drake(OVO music record label co-founder) & Future's collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive released on September 20, 2015. In addition, he produced or co-produced 7 of the 11 tracks on the mixtape.[13]

Metro also served alongside DJ Esco as executive producer for Future's 2016 mixtape, Purple Reign, that was released on January 17, 2016. In addition he is also known for this words "If Young Metro don't trust you I'm gon' shoot you " which was mentioned in the intro of Drake & Future's hit track "Jumpman". “If Young Metro don’t trust you” is a sample taken from Uncle Murda’s song “Right Now.” On the chorus of “Right Now,” Future drops this line. Here, it is used as Metro Boomin’s production tag, similar to DJ Mustard’s “Mustard on the beat, ho!” .

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
19 & Boomin

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
R&B/
HH

[16]
US Rap
[17]
Savage Mode (with 21 Savage)
  • Released: July 15, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
44 9 7

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
[18]
US Rap
"X"
(with 21 Savage featuring Future)
2016 [A] 38 Savage Mode

Production discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
CAN GER UK
"Karate Chop"
(Future featuring Lil Wayne)
2013 82 27 23 Honest
"Honest"
(Future)
55 18 15
"I Won"
(Future featuring Kanye West)
2014 98 26 17 7 169
  • RIAA: Gold
"Tuesday"
(ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake)
12 2 58 165
  • RIAA: Platinum
ILoveMakonnen
"3500"
(Travi$ Scott featuring Future and 2 Chainz)
2015 82 25 16 Rodeo
"Blow a Bag"
(Future)
95 26 22 DS2
"Where Ya At"
(Future featuring Drake)
28 13 11
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
"Jumpman"
(Drake and Future)
12 3 2 44 76
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
What a Time to Be Alive
"Big Rings"
(Drake and Future)
52 16 13 91 141
"Serena"
(Dreezy featuring DeJ Loaf)
From Now On
"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
(Kanye West featuring Kid Cudi)
2016 37 14 9 51 54 The Life of Pablo
"Waves"
(Kanye West featuring Chris Brown)
71 24 17 86 77
"Facts (Charlie Heat Version)"
(Kanye West)
151
"Low Life"
(Future featuring The Weeknd)
18 8 5
  • RIAA: Platinum
EVOL
"Ride of Your Life"
(Tinashe)
Joyride
"Wicked"
(Future)
41 13
  • RIAA: Gold
Purple Reign & EVOL
"You Was Right"
(Lil Uzi Vert)
Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "X" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Zeichner, Naomi (August 13, 2013). "Beat Construction: Metro Boomin". The Fader. 
  2. ^ Chris Richards (September 12, 2014). "The real rap stars of Atlanta: A new generation of producers working at the speed of sound". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Agnew, Thomas (February 5, 2014). "Metro Boomin: Elevated Movements". Jenesis Magazine. 
  4. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (May 15, 2013). "Metro Boomin Talks Producing 'Karate Chop'". VIBE Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b Martinez-Belkin, Neil (February 6, 2013). "Meet Metro Boomin, The Producer Behind Future's 'Karate Chop'". XXL Magazine. 
  6. ^ Gleckman, Alexander (September 11, 2013). "Interview: Meet Metro Boomin Talks Working With Future, "Honest," and Sacrificing A Normal Life". Complex Magazine. 
  7. ^ Nostro, Lauren (May 30, 2013). "Premiere: Metro Boomin f/ Trinidad Jame$ & Curtis Williams "Serious"". Complex Magazine. 
  8. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (October 8, 2013). "Download Metro Boomin's 19 & Boomin Mixtape". FADER Magazine. 
  9. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (November 27, 2013). "Video: Young Thug "Some More"". FADER Magazine. 
  10. ^ DeVille, Chris (January 5, 2014). "Future - "Maison Margiela" Video". Stereogum. 
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan (March 26, 2014). "Young Thug and Metro Boomin Team Up as Metro Thuggin, Share The Blanguage". Pitchfork Media. 
  12. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (April 7, 2014). "Future f/ Kanye West "I Won" (Prod. x Metro Boomin)". Complex Magazine. 
  13. ^ "Drake's Instagram". September 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Metro Boomin – 19 & Boomin // Free Mixtape". LiveMixtapes. Idle Media Inc. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  15. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Chart Search for 21 Savage | Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 

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