Metro Boomin is living every young hip-hop producer’s dream. The 19-year-old, who is currently taking a semester off from Morehouse College because of his demanding career, has already racked up beats for the likes of Future, Lil Wayne and French Montana. While driving around Atlanta, Metro spoke to VIBE about his fast rise, Tweeting rappers and why he never intended for Lil Wayne’s controversial verse on “Karate Chop” to be released.
VIBE: You’re only 19 years old. How did you get your foot into the music industry?
Metro Boomin: In the 9th grade in high school, I made a Twitter and really I just did that. I started tweeting everybody, just trying to submit beats here and there. I got a few mixtape records and then word of mouth.
So rappers actually responded to you tweeting at them?
Yeah they responded, but my beats weren’t that good back then. Me being so persistent, just hitting people up, they would recognized like “Oh this is that kid.”
I started more locally, like Atlanta. Like major artists, I’d be tweeting their A&Rs and managers; they reply more often.
You produced Future’s “Karate Chop” on which Wayne rapped about Emmett Till and subsequently got his Mountain Dew endorsement revoked. What happened?
I just heard about that like two days ago. One of my home boys had pulled it out, like “Man. Wayne lost his Mountain Dew endorsement because of you.” I was like “Don’t blame that on me! I ain’t tell that man what to say.”
Were you in the studio with Weezy when he laid his verse or did he send it to you remotely?
Nah. He sent it. We were in Atlanta and he sent it. Future had called me to come listen to the verse at 11th Street Studios. That’s where I heard the verse.
The question that everyone has is how did an entire studio of people think the verse was okay? Did you have hesitations putting it out when you heard the Emmett Till reference?
Absolutely. We didn’t even intend for it to come out like that. It was serious. I was like, “Honestly, it will be no good” so we took the line out. But there was a music video…The whole reason the song came out prematurely is [because] it got leaked. I’m not even going to say his name. He had ripped the song off the video director’s…Uh, I guess the video director fell asleep uploading the video, to his Vimeo. He [the ripper] always checks the Vimeo for content and one day he lucked up on the fucking ‘Karate Chop’ video and he ripped the one with the Wayne verse and he put it out. On the mastered version, the final, that line wasn’t in there. He [the ripper] put it out and made everybody look like douchebags, but it wasn’t the plan.
Right now you’re prepping your own '19 & Boomin' mixtape for the summer and I’d imagine producing for a bunch of other artists.
Definitely. I just did the paperwork recently, I got a song locked in on Lil Durk’s album. I got um, a song with YG’s album. That’s real unexpected. I’m working with ScHoolboy Q, he’s one of my favorites. He’s really good.
Anyone outside of hip-hop?
That’s the next step. I’m not even going to lie. That’s what I’d really like to do.
You’re only 19 and already living the hip-hop producer dream. What do you ultimately want to do when you grow up?
I want to keep doing this, because it’s my passion, but eventually, ultimately, I want to produce movie scores. That would be pretty dope. Sometimes I listen to my beats and the more crazy ones, if I take all the drums, 808s and snares out, that’s what it sounds like they can do.