The Fader recently caught up with producer Metro Boomin for an interview. During their interview, Metro talked about working with Future in his bat cave, co-producing “Honest” with DJ Spinz, Super Future’s upcoming Honest album, and more!
“Hard” exemplifies a menacing sound that you became known for. Are you a dark dude?
No! A lot of producers say my beats are scary. They make me sound like, He must be evil, this nigga’s crazy. When I play a bunch of a beats in a row people are like, “Man were you going through something?” It’s funny cause I think I’m like one of the most charismatic people you would ever know. I’m really just goofy and shit. It’s really the opposite of me, but it’s just what I like and what I’ve done for so long. My stuff is melodic and hits hard. I’m working to become more well-rounded. But that stuff is just what I do most naturally. Even playing keys I just automatically start there because that’s what I came up listening to. All of that old Gucci and Jeezy, that’s what all their beats sounded like and that’s what I listened to throughout my life. I definitely think that had an influence and an effect.
What’s it been like to work with Future?
Future is different from a lot of artists, just because of his work ethic. Every day, all day making music shit. That’s what he’s on. I know other artists who go out of town to do a show and go to the afterparty and everything. Future just goes straight back to the studio. He has the spot we call the bat cave. That’s damn near the only place he’s gonna record at. It’s tucked off in the cut, it has huge black gates, like Batman. The way he’s in there all night and day, you can’t tell if it’s daytime or nighttime, it’s really like the bat cave.
You and DJ Spinz share production credit on Future’s new single, “Honest.” How did the division of labor work for that?
Me and Spinz did the beat at my house. Spinz has been a damn piano prodigy his whole life, so he started with the keys and I built shit around it. Spinz is a DJ with such an advanced ear; he’ll tell me move this here, change this, do it like this instead. One day I was in the barber shop and I saw Future tweet that he was going into the studio in Brooklyn. I hadn’t sent him any beats in a long time. I was like, Why not, fuck it, I’m gonna send him one of these beats off my phone. He saw how much I’d progressed and was tweeting that day like, “These beats are crazy.” He’s really into feelings and emotions. He’s a real deep person. Name another nigga hot/ I’m just honest—like that’s how he honestly feels. It’s not arrogance, he just knows what he’s had to do to get where he’s at. When Future say shit in songs, that’s how that nigga be feeling. He goes off of pure emotion, not no fabricated other shit. I knew this shit was special to him when he said he’d changed his album title to Honest. Cause he was so stuck on that Future Hendrix. You couldn’t tell him nothing else. After “Honest” dropped, my mom sent me a long text about Future and about me. It was mom shit, basically just like Future’s a genius and a legend in the making, that she was proud of us. I sent it to Future, he said, “I just love to see you win.” That’s why I fuck with him. The first time I met him he asked me if I was ready to take over the world. From there we just started. Him making “Honest” the single, that means a lot to me. It’s because the song’s amazing, but I also know that our relationship weighed some on that. We got a bond. That’s my boy.
The “Honest” beat is more of a ballad than your other work with Future, like “Karate Chop.” Were people surprised to hear you move away from a harder sound?
A lot of people were surprised. I would call myself pretty well-rounded, but a lot of the stuff I’ve released is just what these niggas want, that shoot-em-up, bang bang regular shit. I’m just excited that “Honest” came out at such a large scale, to be like, Wow, it sounds like nothing Future has done. Even outside of “Honest,” Future’s got some crazy singles [for his album]. That shit’s crazy, I ain’t even gonna stunt on it. [The album will have] a lot of singing shit, but lately he’s been trying to get that street shit together too so it still keeps that core fan base. Or to incorporate the two—like on “Honest” he was really rapping, but he still hit those crazy high notes in the background. Like it’s two people. Future is slick like two artists.
You can read the rest of the interview here!