Written by Neil Martinez-Belkin (@Neil_MB)

Last week, Metro Boomin saw the release of “I Won,” which marked his fourth placement on Future’s sophomore LP Honest, due April 22 on Epic Records. Born Leland Wayne, Metro’s been making beats since he was 13, and got his first break producing mixtape cuts for OJ Da Juiceman and Alley Boy while he was still in high school. In the fall of 2012, Metro relocated to Atlanta to attend Morehouse University and soon began working with Atlanta heavyweights Gucci Mane and Future. After striking gold with Future’s “Karate Chop,” Metro decided to pursue his music full time.

Metro’s still best known for being Future’s wiz kid producer, but his industry demand is beginning to skyrocket. The 20-year-old Atlanta by way of St. Louis producer recently landed a beat on YG’s fantastic debut My Krazy Life, and is prepping a collaborative project with buzzing Atlanta prospect Young Thug. Weirder than Mike Will and less formulaic than Mustard, Metro’s production strikes an unlikely balance between having commercial appeal and being pretty out there. Before you start to hear his beats all over the radio, catch up by peeping Metro Boomin's 20 Best Tracks. 

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