Metro Boomin Reflects on a Remarkable Year: ‘Heroes & Villains,’ ‘Spider-Verse,’ and Honored as Variety’s Hitmakers Producer of the Year

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Metro Boomin, the renowned super-producer, finds it challenging to pinpoint his proudest moment over the past year. Since dropping his second solo album, “Heroes & Villains,” in December 2022, his career has been on an exhilarating trajectory. From a standout performance at Coachella to curating the soundtrack for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” and even making an appearance as an animated character in the film, Metro Boomin’s presence has been remarkable.

In an era where producers are increasingly in the spotlight, Metro stands out not just for claiming attention but for shining brightly in the industry. He attributes his success to his genuine care for the craft. “I feel like people can just tell I care,” says the Missouri native. Amid a landscape where many prioritize commercial success or TikTok trends, Metro’s music resonates with depth and meticulous attention to detail.

His dedication has paid off handsomely. “Heroes & Villains,” an evolution from his earlier work like “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” in 2018, showcased Metro’s dark sound elevated by orchestral elements woven into his trap-infused beats. Collaborations with artists like Future, Travis Scott, and 21 Savage propelled “Heroes” to the top of the Billboard 200, while the single “Creepin'” featuring The Weeknd and 21 peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 and amassed over a billion streams on Spotify.

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The “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” soundtrack posed new challenges for Metro. Working against deadlines, he intricately crafted songs to match the film’s vibe, collaborating with artists like James Blake, Offset, Swae Lee, and Nas. His goal was to create music that appealed universally, transcending age or fandom, a goal he believes he achieved.

Despite a year in hip-hop records that lacked significant commercial success, Metro’s “Spider-Verse” soundtrack soared to No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. This achievement further solidified Metro’s consistent success. With a track record of numerous Hot 100 credits and multiple chart-topping hits like The Weeknd’s “Heartless” and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” Metro’s influence remains unquestionable.

Despite his prolific output, Metro prefers a focused approach, concentrating on one project at a time. Currently collaborating with Future on a highly anticipated joint album, he trusts his instincts to guide him toward creating the right music at the right moment.

Reflecting on his prowess as a producer, Metro credits his exceptional ear for listening and knowing precisely what a track requires, be it addition or subtraction, as his greatest gift.