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How Metro Boomin became the most trusted hitmaker in hip-hop

If you’ve listened to hip-hop in the last three years, you’ve heard Metro Boomin’s beats ringing from your speakers.

He’s produced for Gucci Mane, Future, Migos, Kanye West, Drake, The Weeknd, Yo Gotti, and more.

You’ve heard the beats, you’ve heard the hits, and you’ve heard his tag, “If young Metro don’t trust you I’m gon’ shoot you.”

This (slightly threatening) producer tag has become more than just another beatmaker marking their territory; it’s entered the pop culture lexicon, become a meme, and a stamp of guaranteed quality.

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The St. Louis native explained the origin of the now famous producer tag (provided by Future) to DJ Drama:

“I’ve been using that as a tag in beats since about August [2015]. ‘Jumpman,’ before the song was recorded, that beat already said that. We had did this one with Uncle Murda one time, and one of the lines that Future said in there was, ‘If young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon’ shoot you.’ When he said that, it had a different tone, but I remember when we were in the studio he had another tone, which is the one that’s the tag that was just like muted. I just made sure to go back on the session and just get it and just go HAM with it.”

Future and Metro really shaping the culture.

These last couple years have proved that if Metro supplied the beat, basically anyone could rap over it and it’d still be a hit.

Now he’s launching his own record label, Boominati Records, before his 25th birthday.

At 23 years old, the sky is the limit for Metro Boomin. We’ll be watching his moves closely over the next couple years.

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