On Friday, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin released their highly anticipated collaborative project, Savage Mode; an economic 9-track offering that's as bleak as trap music comes. The title track is a good example of SM's mood, featuring a slowly creeping, but carefully detailed instrumental that sets the unsettling backdrop for 21's alarmingly stoic street tales. If this combination is up your alley, you should be a fan of the entire project, which is currently available to stream on SoundCloud as well as all major platforms.
A few listens in, and I feel that Savage Mode has more than lived up to the hype. It's inspiring that Metro Boomin (likely) passed on a number of more lucrative opportunities in order to work closely alongside a relatively untested artist. After months of reclusive in-studio dedication, what they have achieved is a concise, immaculately curated project that gives a look into the mind of a killer whose words bear all the weight and menace of his past sins.
21 Savage Feat. Future
A day ahead of 21 Savage's highly anticipated Savage Mode, what will likely be the album's biggest track has surfaced. "X Bitch" is the only Savage Mode track with a guest feature, and it's a big one -- coming from Future Hendrix, who knows how to handle an X Bitch as well as a Metro Boomin production better than anyone. Metro, who's taken much of this year off to work on Savage Mode, lays down an absolute beauty here.
Dj Esco Feat. Future & Young Thug
DJ Esco shared his new project, Project E.T., yesterday, and it follows the formula of past releases like No Sleep and 56 Nights where Future serves as the driving force throughout. Unlike 56 Nights, this one features plenty of guests as well, perhaps most notably, Young Thug, who Future experienced some tension with a few months back.
DJ Twin Feat. Sean Kingston & Yo Gotti
DJ Twin and his closest collaborator, Kingston's own Sean Kingston, have now dropped off two consecutive collabs of epic proportions. Twin recently organized a big-time session in his native Chicago and came out with "They Know Us," which found Kingston coolly bridging hard-noses street verses from the duo of Lil Bibby and G Herbo.
We first introduced you to buzzing Toronto artist Nav back in April when he released the song “Fell In Love,” which served as a strong follow up to his OVO Sound-aired single “The Man.” Looking to keep it going, the Toronto native decides to return to the scene today and share his latest offering called “Up.”
600Breezy Feat. Molly Murk
Which Chicago rapper is going to blow up next? The smart money's on 600Breezy, who has amassed a huge regional following, earned a Drake co-sign, and has been spotted chilling recently with the 300 Ent. brass. Today, HNHH premieres his new offering: "Circus," in which Metro Boomin and Southside's creepy strings and the maniacal delivery of the late Molly Murk will transport the listener inside a hellish, trappy big top. This track will trigger PTSD for people who used to be scared of clowns when they were kids.
You Was Right
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert's Lil Uzi Vs. The World mixtape just dropped, and as you might expect, there's quite a number of energetic records among the bunch, a couple of which come courtesy of production MVP Metro Boomin. "You Was Right" is one of the tracks in question, and finds the two artists bringing their A-game to make something special. Of course, it starts with Metro's new favorite tag, "If Young Metro...", and lives up to the promise of the immortal phrase.
Right Now (Remix)
Uncle Murda Feat. Future, Fabolous & Jadakiss
Last year, Uncle Murda teamed up with Future for a Metro Boomin-produced banger called “Right Now,” and today he’s back with the official remix adding Brooklyn spitters Fabolous & Jadakiss to it.
Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Quavo
Ty Dolla $ign recently revealed that his extremely underrated debut album, Free TC, would be re-released with some new tracks in the near future, and today, he appears to have delivered one of those bonus cuts. "Long Time" has a lot to live up to given its collaborators, Quavo and Metro Boomin, and naturally, they both deliver on their contributions to the song, which thanks to Metro, cruises along at a steady clip, but never breaks from a smoky, ambient feel.
Ready To Boom (Notorious B.I.G. x Metro Boomin Mix)
MICK & Chi Duly
First things first, rest in peace to the Notorious B.I.G., who passed away on this date in 1997. In honor of the influential late emcee, producers MICK (fka Mick Boogie) and Chi Duly have put together a 30-minute mix that combines Biggie’s recognizable flow with various production from buzzing producer Metro Boomin.
WELL$ Feat. Alec Lomami
Well$ is getting ready to drop his upcoming project, The Way I'm Living Makes My Mom Nervous, and today, he's shared the first official single from the project, which finds him teaming with Atlanta MVP Metro Boomin and Alec Lomami. Rather than the usual pummeling production we hear from Metro on Future's material, this one is a little more reserved and meditative. The energy then rests on Well$, who delivers an inspired vocal performance, inflecting his verses with urgency and personality.
Chief Keef announced his Peacocks, Peacoats, Flavor & Paper EP at the end of 2015, promising that the project would be a collaboration with Metro Boomin. While a very exciting prospect, it never arrived on its December 25th release date, and since then we've yet to hear anything more about it.
I Can't Wait (Remix)
Zuse Feat. Lil Durk
For his first release of 2016, Jamaican via ATL rapper, Zuse, decides to revisit his latest mixtape, Trapzuse, and give his record “I Cant Wait” the official remix treatment. Instead of Chip though, Zuse decides to recruit Chicago rapper Lil Durk for an additional verse, and it’s pretty mean.
Ride Of Your Life
Covering Complex today wasn't enough for Tinashe, so she's decided to drop another song from her upcoming sophomore album, JOYRIDE.
It's been ten days since our last Chief Keef leak, "Run Up," so it's about time for another Keef cut to hit the web. This one is a Metro Boomin and DJ Spinz-produced joint, "Too Turnt," otherwise known as "TT." The record finds Keef chanting that he's "TT," naming all the ladies and/or drugs he's surrounded by. We're unsure where this song will land, as Keef has a few projects in the work.
Yesterday, DJ Esco was the first to hint at the possibility of a new Future mixtape, as he shared this clip via Twitter. The video shows Esco and Metro capturing some rare studio vibes while putting the finishing touches on "Purple Reign," which, as we've come to discover, provides a fitting finale to the mixtape from which it takes its name.
Metro Boomin and Southside have become two of Future's most important collaborators over the last year. Metro has overseen much of Future's work over his recent creative burst, and has also sculpted his sound by contributing his impossibly heavy instrumentals to the rapper's many projects. Meanwhile, Southside is partially responsible for bringing the 56 Nights sound to Future, beginning with the influential "Commas" beat back in 2014 (DJ Spinz recently told us about how that particular hit came together).
Nyck Caution Feat. Joey Bada$$
We hadn't heard too much from Pro Era since Kirk Knight dropped off his excellent debut album in October. That changed today, though, and it seems the label's primary focus early into 2016 is another wildly talented Brooklyn spitter by the name of Nyck Caution. Caution suddenly dropped off three tracks today, though this one, "What's Understood," featuring Joey Badmon and produced by Metro Boomin, is, of course, the biggest.
Make A Lot
Young Thug and Metro Boomin had a brief feud that unfortunately took place over the very public space of Twitter, but the two have since worked things out, and once again, it seems Metro Thuggin may be a possibility. Another new track from the two collaborators has surfaced today, but there's no way of knowing when it dates from or whether it's intended for their long-awaited project.