Music continuously evolves for the ears of the audience. Artists seem to bring their own personal flair to differentiate themselves from the occasional repetitive art of rap music. Complementing these superstars are potent producers oozing with talent, creating the music we listen to every day.
Among music’s unspoken masterminds, outspoken Atlanta-based production icon Metro Boomin is one of the most prominent of them all.
As one of the most infamous producers of the young generation, Metro Boomin further solidifies his seemingly unpeaking status as he fully produces yet another collaboration album this year entitled “Without Warning” with 21 Savage and Offset.
At only age 24, Leland Tyler Wayne (Metro Boomin) has worked alongside music’s elite — such as Drake, Future, Lil Uzi Vert and Gucci Mane — since he was a teenager.
Frequently collaborating with the hip-hop immortal, his production moniker “Metro Boomin” has surprisingly emerged as a household name. While most producers work behind the curtain, Metro Boomin is undoubtedly the most prolific, appearing in multiple music videos alongside the artists he has worked with.
Much like his mid-summer mixtape “Perfect Timing,” with Toronto rapper and producer NAV, Metro Boomin’s end of the year victory lap comes completely as a surprise, essentially embodying what the title states.
“Without Warning” features 10 brand new tracks from hip-hop’s beat-leader himself. Metro Boomin’s patented production is paired with vocals from arguably two of hip-hop’s hottest artists: 21 Savage and Migos member, Offset. While the two artists fluently bounce off of each other, 21 Savage ultimately steals the show, offering a more powerful performance as Offset provides a stellar supporting role.
Having collaborated with 21 Savage in the past, Metro Boomin’s dark yet powerful synths and bells allow them to do what they do best: create unforgettable music. The pair effortlessly create the right balance between their two styles even though they are two sides to the same coin, in a sense. While 21 Savage — whose name evidently emits violence — finds his inspiration of his former dark disparity, Offset uses the same approach with a more ‘conquered’ outlook.
Bringing established party classics, from “Bad and Boujee” to “Bank Account,” to fruition, both Offset and 21 Savage continue to show why they are some of the best rappers in the business. That said, teaming up only appears to strengthen their outreach.
With enjoyable lyrics accompanied by Metro Boomin’s untethered and award-winning beats, this album is a cannot-miss hit on the music charts.
Peaking at number four on Billboard’s top 200 albums chart, it seems as though the rise of these two young artists continues to grow higher and higher. Both are masters of the feature, hopping onto any song they can get their hands on.
This album is an 8.5/10 because of the headlining, star-power trifecta of Offset, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. Only for a few filler songs and subtle over-powered presence given by 21 Savage, this project provides listeners something other than Christmas music to dance to for the rest of the year.