Who Is Metro Boomin?
Leland T. Wayne (born September 16, 1993), professionally known as Metro Boomin (also known as Young Metro and Metro Beatz), is an American record producer and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri, and now based in Atlanta, Georgia.Metro is best known for producing instrumentals for rappers such as Future, Ludacris, Migos, Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill, Drake, iLoveMakonnen, Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, Kanye West and other acts.
Leland T. Wayne was born 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 popular production software FruityLoops. 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. 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.
Metro Boomin 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. Upon graduating high school, Metro moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, studying Business Management, but he ultimately chose to take a break from school after a semester, because the schedule demands of a full-time music career became too much to balance. Since, Metro has collaborated with artists including Gucci Mane, Ludacris, Future, Yo Gotti, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, YG, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Travi$ Scott, Ace Hood, S.A.M., Young Scooter, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Trinidad James, Migos, and more. Metro also regularly collaborates with other producers, including Sonny Digital, TM88, Southside, Zaytoven, Young Chop, and DJ Spinz.
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, 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