Leland Tyler Wayne (born September 16, 1993), professionally known as Metro Boomin (also known as Young Metro or simply Metro), is an American record producer, record executive, songwriter, and DJ. Raised in St. Louis, Wayne began a production career while in high school and became known for his successful recordings with Atlanta hip hop and trap artists such as Future, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, and Migos in the mid-2010s. In 2017, Forbes called him “easily one of the most in-demand hitmakers in the world,” while Stereogum described him as “one of the most original, vivid, important voices in rap right now.”
His debut solo album Not All Heroes Wear Capes was released in November 2018, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Early production success for Wayne came with tracks such as ILoveMakonnen’s 2014 hit “Tuesday” and Drake and Future’s 2015 single “Jumpman”. Since then, he has amassed over a dozen top 20 hits, including “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, “Mask Off” by Future, “Bank Account” by 21 Savage, “Congratulations” by Post Malone, and “Tunnel Vision” by Kodak Black. He has also released full-length collaborations, including Savage Mode (2016) with 21 Savage, Perfect Timing (2017) with Nav, Double or Nothing (2017) with Big Sean, and DropTopWop (2017) with Gucci Mane. His debut solo album Not All Heroes Wear Capes was released in November 2018, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. “Congratulations” by Post Malone featuring Quavo was his first diamond certification (10x Platinum), being certified in 2019.
2013–17: Rise to fame
In May 2013, Metro formally announced his debut mixtape, 19 & Boomin. Following warm-up singles, featuring artists like Trinidad James, Gucci Mane, and others, Metro released the mixtape, hosted by popular mixtape website LiveMixtapes, on October 7, 2013. The mixtape, all original songs, included “Maison Margiela”, featuring Future, and “Some More”, featuring Young Thug, both of which were subsequently released as music videos.
In March 2014, Metro and Young Thug announced that they would release a collaborative album, performed and released under the moniker “Metro Thuggin”. The album will be self-titled and will be released sometime in 2015. Along with the announcement, Metro Thuggin released the collaborative track, “The Blanguage”. The ‘Metro Thuggin’ project was ultimately scrapped, however photographer Cam Kirk claims to have a copy of the complete, finished album. A few leaked tracks from the project were found circulating the internet in late 2015, yet an official mixtape has never surfaced.
In October 2014, Metro executive produced Future’s Monster mixtape. This spawned the first appearance of hit single “Fuck Up Some Commas.” Metro has also produced the sixth single from Future’s Honest, “I Won”, which features Kanye West. The song became a single a month after the album was released.
Metro served as executive producer for Drake and Future’s collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive released on September 20, 2015. In addition, he produced or co-produced seven of the 11 tracks on the mixtape.
Metro also served alongside DJ Esco as executive producer for Future’s 2016 mixtape, Purple Reign. In 2016, he won Producer of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
In 2016, Metro Boomin was credited with produced charting hits such as “Jumpman” by Future and Drake, “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, “Low Life” by Future and The Weeknd, and the 21 Savage collaboration “X.” That year, he also contributed to Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, and he and 21 Savage released the EP Savage Mode. In 2017, he produced charting singles such as “Tunnel Vision” by Kodak Black, “Bounce Back” by Big Sean, “Mask Off” by Future, and “Bank Account” by 21 Savage.
On July 17, 2017, Perfect Timing , a collaborative mixtape by Nav and Metro was released by Boominati Worldwide, XO, and Republic Records.
In April 2018, Metro Boomin announced his “retirement” from rap on his Instagram page, changing his bio to “Retired record producer/DJ.” However, he has since garnered production credits on Nicki Minaj’s album Queen, as well as Minaj’s labelmate Lil Wayne on Tha Carter V, which both debuted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200.
On October 26, 2018, multiple billboards appeared in Atlanta and New York depicting Metro Boomin as a “missing person”. It was later revealed to be a teaser for his comeback debut full-length project Not All Heroes Wear Capes, which he had been working on since 2015. The album was released on November 2 and featured appearances from Travis Scott, Swae Lee, 21 Savage, Wizkid, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Gunna, Drake, and more. Not All Heroes Wear Capes debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 and number 16 on the UK Top 40 Albums.
In 2019, he produced The Weeknd’s fourth Billboard Hot 100 number one, Heartless, with Illangelo & Dre Moon.