|Real Name||Leland Tyler Wayne|
|A.K.A.||Young Metro, Metro, Lil Metro|
|Date of Birth/Age||September 16, 1993
|Source of wealth||Record producer, record executive, DJ, songwriter|
|Country of origin||USA|
|State/City of origin||St. Louis, Missouri|
Metro Boomin’s net worth is $8,500,000.
It’s safe to say music producers of his caliber make anywhere from five to six figures a project. Between royalties, advances, live performances and ancillary hustles, Metro racks in big bucks.
The largest portion of his revenue is derived from his drum-driven instrumentals and wildly successful record production endeavors, which ultimately earn him one to two million or so dollars annually.
Although he’s made the majority of his income bobbing his head while fumbling with the mixing boards, he’s drawn crowds to his shows which, in turn, draws money. Metro’s songwriting abilities are not to be slept on, either. He’s written and co-written a myriad of bangers.
Metro Boomin has amassed over one hundred songs and a motley group of artists he’s partnered with, even managing to branch outside of his trap-only roots.
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Tapping into other genres has enlarged his territory and his bank account.
According to The Fader, for the first quarter of 2017, Metro Boomin was the most successful songwriter in the United States.
He contributed to a slew of hit songs at the time; about a handful of them reached the Top 10 on the Billboard 100 charts including “Bounce” by Big Sean, “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, Kodak Black’s “Tunnel Vision,” and “Congratulations” by Post Malone.
Metro Boomin continues to influence hip hop culture through his musical talents and distinct sense of style. He’s not a stranger to splurging on Balmain shirts and other name-brand clothes and accessories such as printed bandanas, which he sports faithfully.
Metro has reportedly been spotted making it rain in strip clubs and buying up ammunition for his Smith and Wesson and Jack Daniels’ shots and laptops and wardrobe shopping, namely camouflage pieces and $30,000 mixing boards and Louis Vuitton backpacks and thin chains with conspicuous charms and other jewelry.
Metro’s favorite car is contestably the Bentley Bentayga he owns.
He was sure to put his mom up in an affluent neighborhood in a Georgian suburb along with his siblings.
Metro Boomin is no jack of all trades, master of none. With executive, songwriting, disc jockeying and production credits under his belt, he’s more like a Renaissance man.
He made his ascension in the rap game by collaborating with the who’s who of hip hop: Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi, 21 Savage, and most notably, Future. He has also worked with other predominantly Atlanta-based rappers, even crossover and chart-topping group, Migos.
Metro Boomin—often laying the groundwork for trending artists and staying lowkey behind the scenes—is a popular figure on social media and is recognized and celebrated by his fans across the globe.
He went on a brief, so-called retirement or hiatus in the spring of 2018. It turned out to be a publicity stunt to stir up the peanut gallery and create anticipation for his debut album that launched later that fall entitled Not All Heroes Wear Capes.
His strategy proved to be genius. He immediately shot to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
Metro Boomin and Yo Yo Ma
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Metro is well-known for working with established performers: DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Meek Mill, Juicy J, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Swae Lee, Chief Keef, Young Scooter, Yo Gotti, Rich Homie Quan, Lana Del Rey, Lil Wayne, Drake, Ace Hood, YG, Gunna, Trinidad James, and other said artists, to name a few.
He humbly joins forces with other contemporary-urban producers on a consistent basis, obviously not intimidated by great talent, confident he is as great as the world says he is, apparently.
Metro Boomin has shared co-production cred with the likes of Zaytoven, Sonny Digital, Southside, TM88, Tay Keith, DJ Spinz and Young Chop.
As far as listening to music, Metro has a very eclectic background.
He was exposed to everybody from female country singer, Faith Hill to Chinese-American cellist, Yo Yo Ma. Listening to a range of award-winners may have set him up to be among the same ranks.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Metro Boomin, government name Leland Tyler Wayne, unearthed his life’s purpose by thumbing through his mother’s music collection.
As aforesaid, he put his ear to the sounds of a variety of prominent hitmakers, Yo Yo Ma, Faith Hill, Mc Lyte, Ice Cube and the list goes on; but it wasn’t until he discovered native artist, Nelly, specifically his red-hot debut album, Country Grammar, that everything started to fall in place and make sense.
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If hometown hero, Nelly, could make universal music, he reckoned he could, too.
He was determined to prove this was more than just a pipe dream, and he was more than a ne’er-do-well lounging around all day woolgathering. He wouldn’t be almost famous. He would be famous because he was the real deal.
So, six years later, 13-year-old Leland traded in his childhood fun for Fruity Loops.
He “pulled a Kanye” and sacrificed the partying and hanging out with friends to sit in his makeshift atelier to experiment with instrumentation and melodies.
In a recent interview, Leland as good as admitted he would lock himself in his room and become absorbed in the loops he was piecing together, trying to make sense of how beat-building worked.
Initially, he was dumbfounded about how to start constructing the very thing that’s now made him rich: instrumentals. He said, “It was so foreign to me. I was trying to Google like, ‘How do you get a bass sound?’”
From there, Leland took a serendipitous piano class at school and eventually learned about chords and how to play them, which boosted his adeptness with Fruity Loops, of course.
He was hungry and determined to reach the musical goal posts he set when he was a kid, jamming to Nelly.
He kept grinding.
Leland researched album credits online. He would hop on Twitter and badger the top A&Rs, vying for a big break or a small one. In his kindness—and because of his brilliant tactic to get exposure—he would essentially make many of his beats pro bono.
Yes, he handed his masterpieces over to all kinds of rappers for free. Most of them were strangers. When he was lucky, he’d get a couple hundred dollars wired to him as a thank you.
Leland’s persistence paid off, and he was introduced to Caveman, a recording engineer who passed his tracks to OJ da Juiceman. And the rest was history.
Standing at about 5’11, 165 pounds, the 25 year old has come a long way since his seven-year-old boy aspirations, and he’s steadily winning.
Metro grew up in a single-parent household. His mom, Leslie, was the breadwinner. She devotedly chauffeured him to all of the gigs that were extended to him while he was underaged and also saw to it that he was accepted into a good college.
He has an understandably deep and obvious fondness toward her.
Metro does not have a close relationship with his dad, Lamont. He has forgiven him for not being an active part of his adolescence and honors and respects his father’s title. He’s put reconciliation on the table, as well.
Metro is older than all four of his siblings, and he has a girlfriend named Chelsea.
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Once Caveman did the selfless deed of passing on Metro’s stuff to Juiceman, Leland Tyler Wayne became The Man. His career took off seemingly overnight.
Before he knew it, he was linking up with Gucci Mane on a professional level. Soon after, he produced a song for Future called “Karate Chop,” and to his amazement, it became a blockbuster hit.
They implicitly went on to be a dope tag team, knocking out smash single after smash single.
“Honest,” “X” and “I Won” were among their highest-grossing duets. In addition to those were “Jumpman,” “Where Ya At?,” “Diamonds Dancing,” “Digital Dash” and “Big Rings,” which all featured Drake.
Sonny Digital, a fellow producer, put Metro in touch with Rae Sremmurd, ILoveMakonnen, and Migos, all of whom used to hang out at the same spot, a jerry-rigged recording studio. This was prior to them becoming household names.
Metro Boomin skyrocketed to the top of the leagues and stayed there, but at the end of the day, he branched out to the R&B side of the fence with a Tinashe track entitled “Ride of Your Life.”
Metro has received Grammy nods and BET wins and doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down any time soon.
Appearing to be in deep-seated reflection on an Instagram post, he said in essence that he misses how laidback and no-strings-attached things used to be before what he does for a living felt like a job.
He poured out his heart to his followers. “I miss recording songs at the house all night and u [sic] would just stay and sleep on the couch because you wanted to win as bad as I wanted to win.”
Nonetheless, on Valentine’s Day 2016, Kanye West released his album The Life of Pablo. The streets heard Metro Boomin’s 808-centric co-production on a remote part of the album, and it fared well, solidifying him as one of the greatest, one of the elite, officially.
He is forever etched in the game.
Favorite Quotes from Metro Boomin
“Any piece of music or album or anything -I don’t care what genre – in the States, a piece of it came through Atlanta somehow.”
“Pac was real, and he put everything into that music with the passion, creativity, and the drive, and I feel like it’s all one in the same with myself.”
“I’m heavily influenced by a lot of people like Dre, Pharrell, and Kanye. They’re all big-time tastemakers and trendsetters, just for culture, period. So I strive to do that as well.”
“Coming up, a lot of people I looked up to had a signature sound, but I came up, and I was always in search of one, trying to find it, trying to create one. I was never really able to have a creative signature sound, you know?”
“If I stay negative in negative energy, that’s what’s gonna come back.”
Tips for Success from Metro Boomin
“I wanted to rap, but I needed beats. I couldn’t buy any, so I just made my own.”
“School is the same as producing: If you want to make it far, there are a million, trillion people trying to do the same thing. If you’re not in over-grind mode, it’s probably not going to work the way that you want it to.”
“Ain’t nothing wrong with college, but I just feel like everyone’s paths are different.”