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Don’t Sleep On: Metro Boomin

Posted on September 12, 2016

In anticipation of Freaky Deaky 2016, this week’s “Don’t Sleep On” series continues with a feature dedicated to Atlanta-born producer METRO BOOMIN.

With humble beginnings and a relentlessly dedicated approach to beat production, Metro’s rise to stardom has come at an explosive rate ever since he first began to work with some of hip hop’s most noteworthy creators. Metro started making beats in seventh grade at the age of 13, after his mother bought him a laptop and a copy of popular software FruityLoops. In high school, it’s said that he was already cranking out five beats every day.

At the beginning, Metro wanted to become a rapper. His beats were planned to be used as a platform for his vocals, but soon, their quality and reception made him redirect his focus entirely to production. He used social media to connect with artists in Atlanta, Georgia, and his mother would drive him eight hours so that he could meet with them and talk shop.

He worked with Gucci Mane before his senior year of high school, and quickly dropped out of college to pursue beat-making full time. Ever since his decision, he’s gone on to work with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Future, Ludacris, Kanye West, Chief Keef, The Weekend, YG, Young Thug, Travi$ Scott, Migos and many more.

He acted as Drake and Future’s executive producer during the creation of their collaborative mixtape What A Time To Be Alive in 2015, and went on to produce smash hits “Jumpman” and “Big Rings.” Most recently, he received production credit on three tracks from Kanye West’s newest album, The Life Of Pablo.

At only 24 years old, Metro Boomin has already accomplished what producer’s around the globe hope to experience in their lifetime. His credits and influence across the hip hop circuit are anything but unnoticed, and his young age is only a benefit for the certain longevity of his career to come.

** Freaky Deaky’s “Don’t Sleep On” series features up-and-coming artists for fans to familiarize themselves with before the festival. **