There are few musicians who can get the legendary MC and producer, Kanye West to love your signature sound and tag line and luckily for the rising 22 year old producer, "Leland T. Wayne", he is among those select few due to his official production placement on Kayne's latest album, "The Life Of Pablo". Leland is known best to the rest of the world as, "Metro Boomin", born on September 16th, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri, and has always loved music since growing up with his mother in his St. Louis home. In this Fader interview, Metro reveals how, at the age of 13, his mom gifted him his first laptop and from there he would download the Digital Audio Workstation known as, "Fruity Loops", starting his obsession of producing music.
During an interview with, "DJ Drama", Metro details that he wanted to be a rapper when his mom first bought him the classic album, "Country Grammar", by another St. Louis legend, "Nelly". As he continued to grow he realized he genuinely wanted to be a producer instead of a rapper, so he continued to work on his music production and eventually would link up with, "DJ Don Cannon" via a mutual friend and through the internet respectively. Thus, while Metro was in High School his mom would constantly support him by driving him to down to Atlanta very frequently as he states in this interview with DJ Drama. After Metro graduated high school he would move to Atlanta to be closer to the music scene and to also attend Morehouse University. In this Fader interview, Metro illustrates how he had to make a conscious decision to drop out of college after one semester due to the success of his production, "Hard", for, "Future". Metro would take an extended break from school to focus on his music career to produce for local Atlanta heavyweights such as, "Gucci Mane" & "OJ Da Juiceman". Metro's first official beat placement that he was professionally paid for was when he produced for the MC, "Alley Boy" on his song called, "Four" that featured, "Young Jeezy" and "Yo Gotti".
The buzz Metro generated through his extensive mixtape work would land him hist first major production placement in 2013 when he produced for Future on his second studio album with the songs, "Honest", "Karate Chop" (featuring "Lil Wayne"), and ,"I Won" (featuring "Kanye West"). The singles, "Honest" & "I Won" have all become gold certified, selling over 500,000 copies each. This would be the perfect platform for Metro's career to take off as he would go on to produce successful selling singles with artists such as, "Travis Scott" and "Drake". For example, Metro details in this interview how he was one of the musicians who produced on the very successful Drake & Future mixtape, "What A Time To Be Alive" which was incredibly completed in just a week's time. Metro would cultivate three songs for this project which includes the multi-platinum selling single, "Jumpman". Most recently, Metro received another major production placement on Kanye's latest album, "The Life Of Pablo" on multiple songs including, "Father Stretch My Hands Part 1", "Waves" and "Facts". Metro has his own project out now called, "19 & Boomin" and has recently produced alongside, "DJ Esco" continuing his close relationship with Future on his latest mixtape that dropped at the top of this year, "Purple Reign".
We encourage you to check some of Metro Boomin's production credits below and be sure to keep your eye out for his famous tag line, "If Young Metro Don't Trust You, I'm Gon Shoot You" on some upcoming exclusives that are aimed to drop this year as Metro states in this interview.