Metro Boomin (real name – Leland Tyler Wayne) is an American record executive and record producer who has worked for several popular Hollywood musicians, including Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, and others.
Boomin was born on September 16, 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri. Leland is the son of Lamont Wayne and Leslie Wayne. Metro Boomin grew up along with his 4 siblings.
His parents split when he was in 3rd grade. Following this, Wayne was raised by his mother.
He studied at Parkway North High School. When Leland was 13 years old and in 7th grade, his mother bought him a laptop. Soon after, Metro acquired a copy of the music production software ‘FruityLoops’ and started creating beats on his laptop.
In 2012, after moving to Atalanta, he was accepted to Morehouse College. But as an 18-year-old freshman, he was met with an extremely difficult decision. Leland explained:
“Every day, I would leave class, and go to the studio wit
h either Future or Gucci [Mane] exclusively. Every day was between them – a lot of times two the same day. Go to one session then go to the other.”
“So having to get up early for class and having all that homework, it was just a lot. I knew I had to make a choice, rather than slacking in both these areas. I called my mom in the back of the studio and told her I wanted to take a semester off.”
At first, Wayne wanted to rap, however, he knew that he needed beats first. But, he wasn’t in a position to buy any, therefore, he decided to make his own.
“I really couldn’t buy any beats, so I just started trying to make my own. I just figured so many people wanted to rap, so I had to choose some other shit.”
In 2013, Metro released his first mixtape 19 & Boomin, featuring Gucci Mane, Future (an artist that he continues to collaborate with to this day), and others.
One of the first artists with whom Leland worked was Bricksquad Monopoly rapper Tay Don which then led him to collaborate with OJ Da Juiceman (founder of vanity label 32 Entertainment).
In 2014, he produced for:
- Gucci Mane;
- Young Thug;
- Nicki Minaj (a Trinidadian-American rapper, songwriter, actress, singer, and model);
- Rick Ross;
- Travis Scott;
- Fredo Santana (the older cousin of Chief Keef);
- Waka Flocka;
In March 2014, Young Thug and Wayne announced that they would release a collaborative album, performed and released under the moniker “Metro Thuggin.”
In October 2014, he produced Future’s Monster mixtape. This spawned the first appearance of the hit single ”Fuck Up Some Commas.”
In July 2016, Metro released an EP named ”Savage Mode” with 21 Savage (a rapper, songwriter and record producer based in Atlanta). The EP reached number 23 on the ‘Billboard US 200’ chart.
In 2017, Metro Boomin released two studio albums and a mixtape of his own. The albums were titled ‘Without Warning’ and ‘Double or Nothing’ and the mixtape was titled ‘Perfect Timing.’ ‘
In 2017, his song ‘Both’ by Gucci Mane, featuring Drake, reached number 11 on the Billboard US Hot Rap chart. This song was certified “platinum” by the RIAA.
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In January 2018, Leland was featured in a Gap campaign with SZA alongside a self-produced remix of Hold Me Now. During an interview, he said;
“To remix the song, it was really about the [original] track leading the direction, I kept the rhythm of the song more uptempo, more of their style, with that old-school feel.”
”But I put the 808s on it just to have that bounce. It was about mixing both worlds but not really losing the essence of the original.”
Leland produced ”Heartless,” The Weeknd’s fourth Billboard Hot 100 number one, with Dre Moon and Illangelo in 2019.
Height & Body Weight
He has a body mass of 75 kg (165 pounds). Also, Metro has a height of 180 cm (5 feet 11 inches).
His girlfriend goes by the name Chelsea. The happy couple has been dating from way back in their high school days. Chelsea used to be a Viner and also used to own a fashion website that is now inactive.
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In 2017, Forbes called Metro “easily one of the most in-demand hitmakers in the world.”
His car collection includes a Bentley Bentayga (average value of $200,000), Lamborghini, and many more.
OJ Da Juiceman was the first recording artist to rap over Metro’s beats.
During high school at Parkway North in Creve Coeur, his mother would often drive him for about nine hours from St. Louis to Atlanta to collaborate with numerous artists he met online.
Metro is active on social media:
- YouTube channel has more than 570,000 subscribers and more than 214 million video views;
- over 2.9 million followers on Twitter;
- over 3.6 million people following him on Instagram.
Leland has won the ‘Producer of the Year’ award at both the ‘BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards’ and the ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ in both 2016 and 2017.
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In April 2018, he announced on Instagram his retirement from rap. In the post, Metro is photographed with two bags of chips on his lap, seemingly on a private jet. The caption reads:
“Retired from rap.”
Before this, Metro tweeted a series of complaints against Atlantic Records (an American record label founded in October 1947 by Herb Abramson and Ahmet Ertegün), later confirming that his tweets were ”directed” at Mike Caren and the APG division who deals directly with songwriters and producers.
“It is just so demeaning to take advantage of hungry artists/ producers/ writers who put their whole life into their music just 4 u to rob them.”
A week later, Gucci Mane stated that he has pulled Metro out of said retirement. Gucci posted on Instagram:
“gave @metroboomin a million cash to come out of retirement for 1 day.”
In a recent interview, producer Southside explained that he and Metro have formed a new production duo called So Icey Boyz. Also, the duo produced two tracks on Offset’s solo album FATHER OF 4, “Underrated” and “Tats on My Face.”
Metro Boomin – Net Worth
Leland earns most of his income from selling his beats, sponsors, and advertisements on his YouTube channel (which has over 214 million views – these bring him close to $430,000). Therefore, Metro Boomin has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million.
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