For the annual "Producers" issue.
Metro Boomin is as big as it gets for a producer, and at 22, he's just getting started. After working with the likes of Future, Drake, and Kanye West within the last year, Metro's star has continued to rise, and has earned him the sought-after FADER cover story he deserves.
The profile follows the beatmaker to his Atlanta stomping grounds, where he shares anecdotes on the spontaneous making of Future and Drake's "What A Time To Be Alive," including the culmination of "Jumpman," which started with a line Drake played for Metro that mentioned him by name. Metro recalled his reaction -- “I was like, OK. OK. I fuck with that! I fuck with you!”
Later on, he touches on the competitive nature of two of his collaborators, Future and Young Thug, "You can’t have either one of them feel like you fucking with the other one more than them. Either one of them would be offended. You gotta remain neutral as much as possible. It’s no bias. Atlanta, man—everybody’s a male, there’s a lot of ego. Somebody gotta be number one. Neither one of them are the type to settle for number two. I feel like they both motivate each other, and it’s good for the culture and the music—just as long as it stay at that.”
This follows the publication's recent piece on Montreal songwriter Kaytranada, which will appear within the same "Producer" issue later this month. You can see the cover and read the full story over at FADER.