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Leland Tyler Wayne (born September 16, 1993), professionally known as Metro Boomin (also known as Young Metro or simply Metro), is an American record producer, record executive, songwriter, and DJ.[2] Embarking on a production career in the 2010s, he is best known for his successful collaborations with rap artists such as Future, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Migos, and Big Sean, among others.[3] In 2017, Forbes called him "easily one of the most in-demand hitmakers in the world."[4]

Metro Boomin
Birth name Leland Tyler Wayne
Also known as
  • Young Metro
  • Metro
  • Lil Metro
Born (1993-09-16) September 16, 1993 (age 25)
St Louis, Missouri
Genres Hip hop, trap
Occupation(s)
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website metroboomin.net

Early production success for Wayne came with tracks such as ILoveMakonnen's 2014 hit "Tuesday" as well as Future and Drake's 2015 "Jumpman". In 2016, Metro Boomin was credited on charting hits such as "Bad and Boujee" by Migos, "Low Life" by Future and The Weeknd, and the 21 Savage collaboration "X", taken from the duo's 2016 EP Savage Mode. In 2016, he produced high charting singles such as "Congratulations" by Post Malone featuring Quavo, "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black, "Bounce Back" by Big Sean, "Mask Off" by Future, and "Bank Account" by 21 Savage.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

Leland Tyler Wayne was born on September 16, 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri,[5] where he attended Parkway North High School. He has four siblings.[6] 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.[7] In high school, Metro churned out five beats a day.[8] Initially, Metro 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.[9] 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.[10]

CareerEdit

2009–13: Career beginningsEdit

During high school at Parkway North in Creve Coeur, Metro's 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 with whom he worked was Bricksquad Monopoly rapper Tay Don which then 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.[9]

Metro Boomin first started traveling to Atlanta in the 11th grade to pursue a career in music. 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.[11] 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.[11] Since, Metro has collaborated with artists including Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Future, Juicy J, Yo Gotti, 21 Savage, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, The Weeknd, YG, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Ace Hood, S.A.M., Young Scooter, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Trinidad James, Drake, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, DJ Khaled, ScHoolboy Q and Lil Wayne. Metro also regularly collaborates with other modern hip hop producers, including Sonny Digital, TM88, Southside, Zaytoven, Young Chop, and DJ Spinz.[2]

Metro Boomin 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,[7] 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.[12]

2013–present: Rise to fameEdit

In May 2013, Metro formally announced his debut mixtape, 19 & Boomin.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16]

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".[17] Metro produced the sixth single from Honest, "I Won", which features Kanye West.[18] The song became a single a month after the album was released.

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

Metro 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.[19]

Metro also 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.[20]

In 2016, Metro Boomin was credited with produced charting hits such as "Jumpman" by Future and Drake, "Bad and Boujee" by Migos, "Low Life" by Future and The Weeknd, and the 21 Savage collaboration "X." That year, he also contributed to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, and he and 21 Savage released the EP Savage Mode. In 2017, he produced charting singles such as "Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black, "Bounce Back" by Big Sean, "Mask Off" by Future, and "Bank Account" by 21 Savage.[3]

In April 2018, Metro Boomin appeared to announce his retirement from music on his Instagram page, changing his bio to "Retired record producer/DJ."[21] However, he has since garnered production credits on Nicki Minaj’s album Queen, as well as Minaj’s labelmate Lil Wayne on Tha Carter V, which both debuted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions.
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[22]
US
R&B/
HH

[23]
US Rap
[24]
AUS
[25]
CAN NZ
[26]
UK
[27]
Without Warning[28]
(with Offset and 21 Savage)
4 2 1 39 5
[29]
15 41
Double or Nothing[31]
(with Big Sean)
6 2 2 15 96

EPsEdit

EPs with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[33]
US
R&B/
HH

[34]
US Rap
[35]
Savage Mode
(with 21 Savage)
  • Released: July 15, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
23 9 7

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[36]
US
R&B/HH

[37]
US Rap
[38]
CAN
[39]
19 & Boomin
Perfect Timing
(with NAV)
  • Released: July 21, 2017[41]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Labels: Boominati, XO, Republic
13 7 7 7

SinglesEdit

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[42]
US R&B/HH
[43]
US Rap
CAN
[44]
"X"
(with 21 Savage featuring Future)
2016 36 12 10 66 Savage Mode
"No Heart"
(with 21 Savage)
43 17 12 79
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum[45]
"No Complaints"
(featuring Offset and Drake)
2017 71 31 22 51 TBA
"Perfect Timing (Intro)"[46]
(with Nav)
89 Perfect Timing
"Call Me"[47]
(with Nav)
[A] [B]
"Ric Flair Drip"
(with Offset)
13 11 8 13 Without Warning
"Pull Up n Wreck"[52]
(with Big Sean featuring 21 Savage)
80 33 Double or Nothing
"So Good"
(with Big Sean featuring Kash Doll)
2018

Production discographyEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
AUS CAN GER NZ UK
"Karate Chop"[53]
(Future featuring Lil Wayne)
2013 82 27 23 Honest
"Honest"[53]
(Future)
55 18 15
"I Won"[53]
(Future featuring Kanye West)
2014 98 26 17 [C] 169
  • RIAA: Gold
"Tuesday"
(ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake)
12 2 58 165
  • RIAA: Platinum
ILoveMakonnen
"3500"[53]
(Travis Scott featuring Future and 2 Chainz)
2015 82 25 16
  • RIAA: Gold
Rodeo
"Where Ya At"[53]
(Future featuring Drake)
28 13 11 62
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • MC: Gold
DS2
"Jumpman"[53]
(Drake and Future)
12 3 2 47 44 [D] 58
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • ARIA: Gold
  • MC: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
  • RMNZ: Platinum
What a Time to Be Alive
"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"[53]
(Kanye West featuring Kid Cudi)
2016 37 14 9 51 54 The Life of Pablo
"Low Life"[53]
(Future featuring The Weeknd)
18 8 5 96 25 30
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
  • MC: 2x Platinum
  • RMNZ: Gold
EVOL
"Wicked"[53]
(Future)
41 13 8 93 107
  • RIAA: Platinum
"You Was Right"[53]
(Lil Uzi Vert)
40 27 22
  • RIAA: Platinum
Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World
"X"[53]
(with 21 Savage featuring Future)
36 18 13 66
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Savage Mode
"No Heart"
(with 21 Savage)
43 31 24 90
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
"Bad and Boujee"[56]
(Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
1 1 1 34 5 65 17 30
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • RMNZ: Gold
Culture
"Bounce Back"
(Big Sean)
6 8 6 52 28 28 67
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • ARIA: Gold
I Decided
"Both"
(Gucci Mane featuring Drake)
2017 41 16 11 43
  • RIAA: Platinum
The Return of East Atlanta Santa
"Congratulations"
(Post Malone featuring Quavo)
8 5 3 30 14 88 21 28
  • RIAA: 5x Platinum
  • ARIA: 2x Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • FIMI: Gold
  • GLF: Platinum
  • IFPI (DEN): Gold
  • MC: 3x Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
Stoney
"Tunnel Vision"
(Kodak Black)[57][58]
6 4 2 17
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Painting Pictures
"Mask Off"
(Future)
5 3 2 13 5 12 6 22
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • ARIA: 2x Platinum
  • BEA: Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • BVMI: Gold
  • GLF: 3x Platinum
  • IFPI (DEN): Gold
  • IFPI (SWI): Gold
  • MC: 3x Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
  • SNEP: Diamond
Future
"No Complaints"
(featuring Offset and Drake)
71 31 22 51 TBA
"Bank Account"
(21 Savage)[59]
12 5 4 62 16 39 41
  • RIAA: Platinum
Issa Album
"I Get the Bag"
(Gucci Mane featuring Migos)
11 5 5 28
  • RIAA: Platinum
Mr. Davis

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Nominated work Category Result
2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards[60] Himself Producer of the Year Won
BET Hip Hop Awards[20] Producer of the Year Won
2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards[61] Producer of the Year Won
BET Hip Hop Awards[62] Producer of the Year Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Call Me" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 25 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[48]
  2. ^ "Call Me" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number three on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[49]
  3. ^ "I Won" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number five on the NZ Heatseekers chart.[54]
  4. ^ "Jumpman" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number four on the NZ Heatseekers chart.[55]

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