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Metro Boomin flames Atlantic Records head Mike Caren, other artists join in

If Young Metro don’t trust you, he will expose you.

Yesterday, Metro Boomin, the young Atlanta-based super producer, went off on Atlantic Records, issuing a “PSA to producers everywhere, don’t let @AtlanticRecords steal your soul.”

Metro then clarified that he was talking about a specific branch of Atlantic, the Artist Partner Group (APG), and its head Mike Caren, “who deals directly with producers and songwriters.”

The “Mask Off” producer then identified Black executives at Atlantic Records “who do great business and wanna help us win.”

Artists and producers around the industry responded to Metro’s tweets with support, sharing personal stories about Mike Caren and APG. Mike Will Made It said, “Caron looked 2012 Mike Will in the eyes after hearing my whole catalog and said you don’t have ANY hits but we can help u wit that.”

Mike Will has founded his own label, Ear Drummer Records, and is a multi-platinum record producer. Safe to say he didn’t need Mike Caron’s help.

London On Da Track, another Atlanta producer, agreed with Metro that “That’s all they want to do.”

Metro went on to explain that his experiences with APG and other industry bullshit  drove him to want to start his own label.

Earlier this summer, Metro announced his label, Boominati Records, a subset of Republic Records. His single “No Complaints,” featuring Drake and Offset, was the first official release from the label.

It wasn’t just hip-hop artists who agreed with Metro’s tweets. Beach Fossils, left Brooklyn indie label Captured Tracks in 2014 as frontman Dustin Payseur started his own label, agreed with Metro’s assertion that the industry drove him to want his own label.

Pop singer Halsey claimed that she wrote “Hold Me Down” about Mike Caren and APG while calling on songwriters to protect their art.

Mike Caren can’t be too happy today, as artists and producers around the industry join in to publicly expose him. This whole ordeal also shines light on the increasing trend of artists spurning major labels, either starting their own label or signing to an independent.

As always, if Metro don’t trust you, it’s very quiet for you.