Who really is Metro Boomin and why does he want some more?

Ben Kane, Staff Writer

Over the past few months, Metro Boomin has completely taken over the music world.

His latest album released on Dec. 2 “HEROES AND VILLAINS” became an instant hit, featuring artists such as The Weeknd, Young Thug, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, John Legend and many more.

Legally known as Leland Tyler Wayne, the artist has now started creating remixes of hit songs on his album, most recently releasing “Creepin.” However, being thrust into starlight recently, it makes me want to go back and really dive into his producing history and see what other very popular projects the producer has worked on.

2015 was probably the biggest year of Boomin’s career. The now-29-year-old was credited on songs such as “Jumpman” by Drake and Future, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” by Kanye West and “Low Life” by Future featuring The Weeknd. With the producer’s now-iconic tagline, all three songs instantly charted.

While he mainly worked with the same cast of characters, including Drake, Future, The Weeknd and Future, Boomin slowly started to branch out his connections. In 2016 the artist created his first of many collaborative albums with 21 Savage, titled “Savage Mode.”

Between the creation of “Savage Mode” and “Savage Mode II,” the St. Louis native continued working with different artists and helping produce one off songs such as “Congratulations” by Post Malone, “Mask Off” by Future and “Heartless” by The Weeknd.

Having really made a name for himself between 2016 and 2020 when it was time for “Savage Mode II” to be released on Oct. 2, fans were already waiting eagerly.

Upon its release, the joint project between Boomin and 21 Savage debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Known for long tracklists but very short listen times, the sequel album was expanded from nine songs to 15 and was an extra 12 minutes long, capping off at a 44-minute listen. The number of features were also upped going from just one on “Savage Mode” to three on “Savage Mode II,” including verses from A-list artists Drake and Young Thug.

After this album, Boomin once again fell into the pattern of creating hit singles here and there with new artists while producing his biggest album yet.

It’s crazy because when “HEROES AND VILLAINS” was released, you would imagine there would be crowds of people frantically trying to stay up until midnight to listen, but this was not the case. Maybe it was the circle of people I am a part of, but it still seemed like not many people cared about Metro Boomin.

Although a few months old, the songs are still being constantly played on the radio and trending on social media from this album. Looking at Boomin’s discography alone, it’s super hard to tell how much of an impact he has had on music at such a young age, but his producer credits share the whole story. He is very similar to Frank Ocean in the fact that if you don’t think about who produced a song, you most likely wouldn’t realize it’s Boomin.