Metro Boomin – NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES

Metro Boomin is one of if not the most significant producer of his generation. He’s been at the top of the rap game since 2014; since that time he has produced 19 platinum songs (most of which went multiple times platinum). He’s also been the executive producer behind Future and 21 Savage’s Monster and Savage Mode EP, respectively. Both of said projects catapulted them into rap superstardom, and they’ve been household names ever since the release of these projects produced almost entirely by Young Metro. He has also dropped collaborative projects with Big Sean, NAV, Offset (and 21 Savage) and Gucci Mane, effectively making himself the go-to guy for many of hip-hop’s biggest names, mainly from the dirty south. He’s effectively the modern day version of a superproducer, and only a beatmaker of his stature would have success dropping a solo project, which he has finally done. The guest features are many of his frequent collaborators, and due to the success of their teamwork in the past, it’s hard to imagine that this compilation would fall flat on its face. But, as we should, let’s see what’s really REALLY good with his “solo” project.

Scouting Report

  • Very much a forefather of the modern-day trap sound which has also turned itself into the mainstream hip-hop sound of 2018
  • Collaborates very well with southern artists; Future, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Migos and Travis Scott are some of the few to reap the benefits of his production and intertwine their sound with his production style
  • Despite his success collaborating with big names, he does have some collab albums with artists that have fallen flat, such as Big Sean and NAV
  • Does not solely produce trap music; does experiment with other sounds, notably a contemporary version of horrorcore that is unlike anything in rap today
  • Best Metro Boomin productions before NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES: Future – Karate Chop,” “Travis Scott – Mamacita (feat. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan),”  “Future – I Serve the Base“, “Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1“,  “21 Savage – Bank Account

Track-by-Track

As always, make sure you reference this to understand my scores for tracks and albums.

  1. 10AM / Save the World (feat. Gucci Mane): Spacey instrumental until it gets into the extended sample outro of “Save the World.” Gucci Mane has a melodic delivery that really gets redundant, not his best performance. 3.5/5
  2. Overdue (feat. Travis Scott): Very much right in the Travis Scott bag with the beat here, spacey and ambient sample in the background. La flame gives a stellar performance on the hook and ad-libs. 4/5
  3. Don’t Come Out the House (feat. 21 Savage): Beat from outro leads into the beginning of this song, breaks into a heavy bass for a never-before-heard whisper flow from 21. Gets manic and 21 does his thing. 4/5
  4. Dreamcatcher (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott): Very spacey and ambient instrumental, fits Swae Lee perfectly who delivers a fantastic melodic vocal performance with Travis Scott. 4.5/5
  5. Space Cadet (feat. Gunna): More upbeat instrumental that again fits Gunna to a tee who finds his flow pocket early and never leaves it. Awesome ad-libbing from la Flame also. 4/5
  6. 10 Freaky Girls (feat. 21 Savage):  Amazing Patti Labelle sample in the intro/outro before the dark switch to appease 21. Savage goes savage mode on the verses and the hook, even the outro. 4.5/5
  7. Up to Something (feat. Travis Scott & Young Thug): Southside instrumental collab with heavy bass and hi-hat rolls. Thug is relatively average on this song, Travis one-ups him on the hook to shine on the song. 4/5
  8. Only 1 (Interlude) [feat. Travis Scott]: Simple piano instrumental laying the groundwork for 808s Kanye–I mean Travis Scott’s crooning on this short and sweet track. 4/5
  9. Lesbian (feat. Gunna & Young Thug): Darker and eerier instrumental here that perfectly transitions from the last track. Gunna and Young Thug show off their incredible chemistry, Gunna particularly shines. 4.5/5
  10. Borrowed Love (feat. Swae Lee & Wizkid): More of an upbeat instrumental here with a recognizable sample that showcases both Swae Lee and Wizkid’s exceptional melodic songwriting skills. Very smooth track. 4/5
  11. Only You (feat. Wizkid, Offset & J Balvin): The most upbeat song on the project, dancehall-ish instrumental that is absolutely immaculate. Wizkid and J Balvin both bring their world flavor and harmonize accordingly. Good verse from Offset. 4.5/5
  12. No More (feat. Travis Scott, Kodak Black & 21 Savage): A much sadder and slower song here, guitar-laden instrumental with soul outro. All of the rappers express their pain and how they overcome it with drugs, very depressing. 4/5
  13. No Complaints (feat. Offset & Drake) [Bonus]: This song was released last year to a lukewarm reception, and it hasn’t aged positively. Catchy chorus and decent verses but it doesn’t hit the heights of the rest of the album.  3.5/5

Final Thoughts

Metro Boomin wanted some more, so he went and GOT HIM SOME MORE!. This compilation album had a remarkable level of cohesiveness to it, transitions were seamless throughout the entirety of the album. It definitely helped that all of the guests on the projects are frequent Metro collaborators, but nonetheless was still extremely impressive how well each feature fit with the instrumental they rapped/crooned over, showcasing Metro’s apparent A&R ability. On top of all of that, he ventured out of his comfort zone on songs like “Borrowed Love” & “Only You,” as well as added soul samples to many of his more traditional style of production in the songs. The only things I was disappointed with was Gucci Manes performance on the intro track and the addition of lukewarm track “No Complaints.” Other than that, everything on this project is above average, with the addition of some truly genius production techniques and excellent songwriting from many of the featured artists. With this solo album, Metro solidifies himself even further than his plethora of platinum singles have done as the genres closest thing to a hip-hop contemporary superproducer.

Final Score: 85/100

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