Leland Tyler Wayne (born September 16, 1993), known professionally as Metro Boomin, is an American record producer, record executive, and DJ.[2][3] He is known for his dark production style and its influence on modern hip hop and trap and is widely considered one of the greatest producers of his generation in rap music today. He is also notable in the music industry for his producer tags "If Young Metro don't trust you, I’m gon’ shoot you. ", "Metro!" and "Metro Boomin want some more, nigga" credited for popularising producer tags, respectively spoken by frequent collaborators Future and Young Thug; additional collaborators include Kanye West, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Drake, 21 Savage, Nav, and Gucci Mane.

Metro Boomin
Wayne in 2023
Wayne in 2023
Background information
Birth nameLeland Tyler Wayne
Also known as
  • Young Metro
  • Metro
  • Lil Metro
Born (1993-09-16) September 16, 1993 (age 30)
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • DJ
  • record executive
Years active2009–present
Member of

Raised in St. Louis, Wayne began his music career as a producer in 2009, at age 16;[4] he relocated to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College in 2011 and continued to work extensively with Atlanta-based artists Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, and Migos.[4] Wayne gained mainstream success after producing the song "Tuesday" by iLoveMakonnen and Drake, which reached number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Wayne subsequently produced the U.S. top-20 singles "Jumpman" by Drake and Future and "Low Life" by Future featuring The Weeknd before attaining his first number one with "Bad and Boujee" by Migos. He followed this with "Congratulations" by Post Malone, "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black, "Mask Off" by Future, "Bank Account" by 21 Savage, and his second U.S. number one "Heartless" by The Weeknd.[5][6]

Wayne has released the collaborations Savage Mode (2016) and Savage Mode II (2020) with 21 Savage, DropTopWop (2017) with Gucci Mane, Perfect Timing (2017) with Nav, and Double or Nothing (2017) with Big Sean.[7] Wayne's debut studio album Not All Heroes Wear Capes (2018), and its follow-up, Heroes & Villains (2022), both debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. The latter of which spawned the single "Creepin" alongside The Weeknd and 21 Savage, which reached the top ten in several countries, including the U.S., where it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Metro Boomin's highest charting U.S. single.

Early life edit

Leland Tyler Wayne was born on September 16, 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri,[8] where he attended Parkway North High School. He has four siblings.[9] After a brief stint playing bass guitar in his middle school band, he turned to making beats in the seventh grade at age 13. This happened when his mother bought him a laptop and he got a copy of the music production software FruityLoops.[10] In high school, he produced five beats a day.[11] Initially, Wayne wanted to rap, and started making beats so that he could have music to rap over. However, he eventually turned his full attention toward hip-hop production.[12] As he continued to hone his production skills, while still in high school, he began to utilize online social media platforms, such as Twitter, to network with more established rap artists as well as beat submissions for potential music placements.[13]

Career edit

2009–2012: Career beginnings edit

During high school, Metro's mother would often drive him for over eight hours from St. Louis to Atlanta to collaborate with artists he met with online.[14] One of the first artists who he worked with was Bricksquad Monopoly rapper Tay Don which led him to collaborate with Bricksquad label artists such as OJ da Juiceman, Gucci Mane, and eventually his frequent collaborator Future, an artist that he continues to collaborate with to this day.[12][15] Upon graduating high school, Metro Boomin moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, studying Business Management. 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.[15] Metro has collaborated with artists including Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Juicy J, Yo Gotti, 21 Savage, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, The Weeknd, YG, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Ace Hood, Young Scooter, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, ASAP Rocky, James Blake, Drake, Young Nudy, Lil Durk, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, DJ Khaled, Schoolboy Q, Post Malone, Nav, Rae Sremmurd, Gunna, Lil Wayne, Juice Wrld, Big Sean, and Kanye West. Metro also regularly collaborates with other modern hip hop producers, including Sonny Digital, 808 Mafia, Southside, Zaytoven, 1k phew, Lecrae, Young Chop, DJ Spinz and Tay Keith on Not All Heroes Wear Capes.[2]

Metro Boomin has worked extensively with rapper Future. The two first worked together on a song called "Hard", included on DJ Esco's Welcome 2 Mollyworld mixtape,[10] and have collaborated on numerous songs since, including two singles from Future's second album, Honest: the album's lead single, "Karate Chop", and title track, co-produced by DJ Spinz.[16]

2013–2016: Rise to fame edit

In May 2013, Metro announced his debut mixtape, 19 & Boomin.[17] Following warm-up singles, featuring artists like Trinidad James, Gucci Mane, and others, Metro released the mixtape, hosted by mixtape website LiveMixtapes, on October 7, 2013.[18] 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.[19][20]

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 was to be self-titled and was planned to be released sometime in 2015. Along with the announcement, Metro Thuggin released the collaborative track, "The Blanguage".[21] The 'Metro Thuggin' project was ultimately scrapped. Photographer Cam Kirk claims to have a copy of the complete, finished album. A few leaked tracks from the project were found circulating the internet in late 2015, yet an official mixtape has never surfaced.[22]

In 2014, Metro made an appearance on Nicki Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint, producing the track "Want Some More".[23]

In October 2014, Metro executive produced Future's Monster mixtape. This spawned the first appearance of the single "Fuck Up Some Commas". Metro produced the sixth single from Future's Honest, "I Won", which features Kanye West.[24] The song became a single a month after the album was released.

Metro served as executive producer for Drake 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.[25]

Metro served alongside DJ Esco as executive producer for Future's 2016 mixtape, Purple Reign. In 2016, he won Producer of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards.[26]

In 2016, Metro Boomin was credited with produced charting hits such as "Jumpman" by Future and Drake, "Bad and Boujee" by Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert, "Low Life" by Future ft. The Weeknd, and the 21 Savage collaboration "X" ft. Future. That year, he contributed to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, and he and 21 Savage released the EP Savage Mode. In 2017, he produced the top 10 hit "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black, "Bounce Back" by Big Sean, "Mask Off" by Future, and the top 20 hit "Bank Account" by 21 Savage.[4]

2017: Perfect Timing, Without Warning, Double or Nothing edit

On June 23, 2017, Metro helped Christian rapper Lecrae and 1k phew on the song ' 'hammer time ' ' On July 14, 2017, Metro and fellow record producer and rapper Nav released two singles, "Perfect Timing (Intro)" and "Call Me", the dual lead singles from their collaborative mixtape, Perfect Timing. The mixtape was released by Boominati Worldwide, XO, and Republic Records, one week later, on July 21. It features guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Offset of Migos, 21 Savage, Belly, and Gucci Mane.[27]

On October 31, 2017, Metro and rappers 21 Savage and Offset released their collaborative studio album, Without Warning, as a surprise release. On the same day, "Ric Flair Drip", performed by Metro and Offset was released as the lead single. The album features guest appearances from Travis Scott and Quavo of Migos.[28]

On November 3, 2017, Metro and rapper Big Sean released a single titled "Pull Up n Wreck", featuring rapper 21 Savage, the lead single from their collaborative studio album, Double or Nothing. The project was released on December 8, 2017. It features guest appearances from Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage, Kash Doll, Young Thug, and Swae Lee. On February 13, 2018, "So Good", featuring Kash Doll became the lead single.[29]

2018–2021: Not All Heroes Wear Capes and Savage Mode II edit

In January 2018, Metro Boomin was featured in a Gap campaign with singer SZA, alongside a self-produced remix of "Hold Me Now".[30][31] The remix was released to digital platforms on the same day as the campaign.[32][33] In an interview with XXL, explaining the campaign with Gap and the remix, he stated;

To remix the song, it was really about the [original] track leading the direction, I kept the rhythm of the song more uptempo, more of their style, with that old-school feel. But I put the 808s on it just to have that bounce. It was about mixing both worlds but not really losing the essence of the original.[31]

In April 2018, Metro Boomin announced his "retirement" from rap on his Instagram page, changing his bio to "Retired record producer/DJ".[34] However, he since garnered production credits on Nicki Minaj's fourth studio album Queen, as well as Minaj's labelmate Lil Wayne, on his twelfth studio album, Tha Carter V, which both debuted in the top 2 of the Billboard 200.

On October 26, 2018, multiple billboards appeared in Atlanta and New York depicting Metro Boomin as a "missing person".[35] It was later revealed to be a teaser for his debut studio album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, for his comeback, which he had been working on since 2015. The album was released on November 2, 2018, and features guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Gunna, Young Thug, Wizkid, J. Balvin, Offset, Kodak Black, and Drake.[36] Not All Heroes Wear Capes debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and number 16 on the UK Top 40 Albums.[37]

On February 22, 2019, he co-produced Offset’s debut album, Father of 4. The album received mostly positive reviews.[38][39]

On November 27, 2019, he co-produced The Weeknd's fourth Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Heartless", with Illangelo, Dre Moon, and The Weeknd himself. The song was released as the lead single from the singer's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020). Metro also helped produce three other tracks on the album, "Escape from LA", "Faith" and "Until I Bleed Out".[40]

On September 29, 2020, Metro and 21 Savage announced their fourth collaborative project, Savage Mode II, a sequel to their EP, Savage Mode (2016). It features guest appearances from Drake, Young Thug, and Young Nudy. On October 13, 2020, the dual lead singles became "Runnin" and "Mr. Right Now", the latter of which features Drake.[41] The album was released on October 2, 2020, and debuted atop on the Billboard 200 chart, earning both artists their second number-one albums, which were also back-to-back for both artists.[42]

2022–present: Heroes & Villains and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse edit

On November 22, 2022, Metro announced the title of his upcoming second studio album: Heroes & Villains, which released on December 2.[43] On November 30, he released an accompanying short film preview for the album. The film was directed by Gibson Hazard and featured appearances by Metro, Gunna, LaKeith Stanfield, Morgan Freeman, and Young Thug.

The album was released on December 2, 2022 with guest appearances from John Legend, Future, Chris Brown, Don Toliver, Travis Scott, Young Nudy, The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Mustafa, A$AP Rocky, the late Takeoff of Migos, and Gunna.[44] The album was received well by audiences, with many considering it Metro's best work to date and complimenting the production and featured artists' performances.

On December 13, 2022, Metro was confirmed to be working on the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse by screenwriters Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.[45] The soundtrack was released on June 2, 2023, the same day as the film's theatrical release. The soundtrack featured guest appearances from Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, Offset, ASAP Rocky, Roisee, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, JID, James Blake, Nav, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Ei8ht, Don Toliver, Wizkid, Beam, Toian, Coi Leray, 21 Savage, 2 Chainz, and Nas.[46] Metro has also provided the voice for "Metro Spider-Man", a fictional version of himself as Spider-Man in the film.[47]

Metro performed at the 22nd Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2023.[48] On June 23, 2023, Metro Boomin co-produced Young Thug’s third studio album, Business Is Business. He also served as the executive producer of the album.[49] Metro produced the lobby theme track for Fortnite Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season OG, released in November 2023.[50]

Musical style edit

Specializing in the trap sub-genre of hip hop, Metro Boomin utilizes a distinctive mix of heavy bass, rattling synthetic percussion and dark, gothic melodies.[51] Metro Boomin also never strays from hip hop, although he has produced 4 tracks from R&B and pop artist The Weeknd's album After Hours;[52] in addition, he has also remixed pop songs such as "Hold Me Now" (produced as a Gap marketing collaboration).[31]

Producer tags edit

In hip hop music, producers may choose to mark their work with a producer tag, a catchy shout-out usually placed at the beginning of a song which allows listeners to recognize and appreciate certain producers.[53]

His first producer tag was "This beat is so, so Metro" and it was used in songs like "Karate Chop (Remix)", "Ugly" by Soulja Boy and "Chanel Vintage" in 2013–2014

One of Metro's most popular tags, "Metro Boomin want some more, nigga",[54] originates from vocals of the Boomin-produced song "Some More" by Young Thug, and received widespread attention in early 2016.

Metro's most prominent and iconic tag "If Young Metro don't trust you I'm gon' shoot you" is performed by Future. The origin of the tag comes from the song "Right Now" by Uncle Murda, also produced by Boomin. The tag appeared first in Drake and Future's 2015 song, "Jumpman" from the collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive,[55] and gained widespread attention after its use in the Kanye West song "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1".[56]

Another well-known tag is "Young Metro, young Metro, young Metro" spoken by his longtime collaborator Future. Boomin' often references "3x" or "Young Metro 3x" as a nod to this particular tag.[citation needed]

Another one of Metro's tags is just "Metro!", originally spoken by Young Thug on his song "Hercules". The tag can be most prominently heard at the beginning of the Metro produced song "Mr. Right Now" by 21 Savage and Drake, off the tape Savage Mode II, as well as appearing various times in Heroes & Villains.[citation needed]. The tag was featured extensively on Metro's soundtrack album Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. This tag was also recently used in the "Re-OG" Fortnite lobby music which recently went viral on social media.

Metro's latest tag "Metro in this bitch goin' crazy" can be heard in the track 'More M's' from 21 Savage's and Drake's album Her Loss. The tag originated from the track "No Opp Left Behind" from Savage Mode II.[citation needed]

Personal life edit

Wayne's mother, Leslie Joanne Wayne, was killed in a murder-suicide by his stepfather on June 3, 2022.[57]

Boominati Worldwide edit

Boominati Worldwide is a label owned by Metro Boomin. It was launched in June 2017 in partnership with Republic Records and UMG. Metro stated: "Launching Boominati Worldwide is the next step in my career as a producer, an artist and a businessman. I created the label to represent a collective of highly gifted individuals who have the shared gift of being able to influence the world through culture and art".[58]

Discography edit

Studio albums

Collaborative albums

Soundtrack albums

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Himself / Metro Spider-Man (voice) Cameo; Credited as Leland ‘Metro Boomin’ Wayne
Also executive music producer

Awards and nominations edit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Refs
2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Producer of the Year Himself Won [59]
BET Hip Hop Awards Won [26]
2017 Won [60]
BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Won [61]
2023 Grammy Awards Album of the Year[a] Music of the Spheres Nominated [62]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration "Creepin' (Remix)" (with The Weeknd, 21 Savage and Diddy) Nominated [63]
Best Hip-Hop "Superhero (Heroes & Villains)" (featuring Future) Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Nominated [64]
Best Collaboration "Creepin'" (with The Weeknd and 21 Savage) Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Best International Artist Himself Pending [65]
2024 Grammy Awards Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Himself Pending [66]
Best Rap Album Heroes & Villains Pending

Notes edit

  1. ^ as producer on "Let Somebody Go"

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