Seven months after announcing his “retirement,” the 25-year-old music producer/songwriter Metro Boomin returned with his solo debut Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The project features a star-studded tracklist, including the likes of Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Gunna, and more. The album’s announcement came as a surprise to many since the St. Louis native announced through Instagram that he was “retired from rap.” Shortly after announcing his retirement Metro purged his Instagram feed and changed his bio to “retired record producer/DJ.” There was speculation that this was a promotional stunt, as major artists have attempted this before. Days before the album’s announcement billboards were spotted in New York and Atlanta featuring a picture of Metro, with the question “MISSING: Have You Seen This Man?” as well as his physical description and the tagline “All Heroes Don’t Wear Capes.” Nonetheless, Metro Boomin returned with his signature beats and heavy-hitter guest rappers on Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The album carries a consistent tone of dark trap beats and smooth, memorable hooks. We rounded up our favorite songs from the latest Metro project. Here are 5 songs that we mess with.
Metro Boomin - “Borrowed Love” (feat. Swae Lee and Wizkid)
In “Borrowed Love” Metro opens up the track with Wendy Rene’s melodious vocals, a sample of her song “After Laughter.” Although Metro Boomin is known for his signature heavy trap sound, this time around he lays out a smooth R&B track for Swae Lee and Wizkid to sing about a one-night stand with a girl, that has the potential of turning into a possible relationship.
Metro Boomin - “Only You” (feat. Wizkid, Offset, and J Balvin)
"Only you" perfectly blends the sounds of dancehall and latin trap. Wizkid primarily shines as the star on this feature with his smooth vocals in the forefront, and with the addition of Offset and J Balvin’s quick, rhythmic bars, makes this an instant dancefloor hit.
Metro Boomin - Don’t Come Out the House (feat. 21 Savage)
Metro and 21 have given us many hits over the past couple of years. The two took over 2016 with the release of Savage Mode which included the platinum record “No Heart” and 2x platinum record “X.” It’s apparent that anything the two come up with will be a hit and “Don’t Come Out the House” isn’t any different. On “Don’t Come Out the House” 21 Savage iconically whispers part of the verse. Hearing this track will certainly turn you up.
Metro Boomin - Space Cadet (feat. Gunna)
Metro Boomin links up with yet another one of the hottest artists in the rap game. Gunna can easily complete a track as he smoothly raps over the sci-fi sounding beat by Metro Boomin. “Space Cadet” takes you on an extraterrestrial-like trip traveling through space. Gunna is one of our favorite features on the album as well as one of the South’s promising stars.
Dreamcatcher (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott)
Besides the amazing feature from Swae Lee, Travis Scott’s verse was absolutely amazing. Having both of these melodic gods on one track makes it a certified masterpiece. “Dreamcatcher” feels like you’re lucid dreaming. It makes you feel like you're fast asleep while the music deludes you.