Metro Boomin Says He’s ‘Retired From Rap’

Metro Boomin, one of the biggest hip-hop producers in the world, has possibly just announced his retirement from rap. Having been remarkably quiet on social media the last couple of months, Metro deleted all of his Instagram posts and updated his story, writing, “Retired from rap,” from what appears to be a private jet.

It's not clear what prompted this move, but his Twitter page's most recent tweet is from late last year and his production has been sorely missed so far in 2018. He's also updated his Instagram bio to read “Retired record producer/DJ,” seemingly further confirming his claim. It should be noted that Metro is still scheduled to perform at Birkenhead, UK festival May Weekender next month, as well as The Greatest Day Ever! Music Festival & Carnival in the Bronx this July.

It's not uncommon to see rappers and producers “retire” from rap only to come back later, but right now it's looking like Metro is very much serious about it. If he's not being serious, however, it's a bit late for an April Fool's Joke. 

We've reached out to Metro Boomin's reps for comment and will update if we receive a response.

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Offset and Metro Boomin Blast Epic Records for ‘Bad Business’ Practices

It seems Offset and Metro Boomin have some kind of beef with Epic Records.

Shortly after they released their “Ric Flair Drip” video with 21 Savage on Thursday, the producer and Migos member called out the record label via Instagram. Offset shared a story that simply read: “@epicrecords Bad business,” while Metro went to his own account to call the company “lame af.”

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Because the messages didn’t provide any details, many fans assume the drama has something to do with the recently released “Ric Flair Drip” visual, or perhaps the entire Without Warning project, which was released via Epic Records in 2017. The surprise drop was a collaborative effort between Offset, Metro, and 21 Savage; however, it should be noted that 21 has yet to make any public statement about the apparent dispute.

We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled for more information.

This isn’t the first time Metro has called out a major record label. Back in October, the Atlanta producer issued a warning to other artists about working with Atlantic.

PSA to producers everywhere,” he tweeted. “Don't let Atlantic Records steal your soul. Looking out for you because they didn't look out for us.”

He later clarified that his remarks were directed toward Mike Caren, the CEO of Artist Partners Group and the founder of Artist Publishing Group. You can check out his statements below.

 

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Here’s Why 21 Savage Is No Longer Wearing Jewelry

Jewelry will no longer be a part of the 21 Savage aesthetic.

In a recent tweet, Stone Mound Meezy—21's manager—said the “Rockstar” chart-topper “no longer wears jewelry.” Instead, Meezy said, 21 wants to make things like buying houses and investing in businesses “cool” for young artists to do.

These tweeted goals arrive just after 21 announced a joint tour with his “Rockstar” collaborator Post Malone. The tour, kicking off April 26 in Portland, boasts support from SOB x RBE and Paris on select dates. Tickets are now available.

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Since dropping Issa Album and his Offset x Metro Boomin collab Without Warning in 2017, 21 has appeared on tracks by Big Sean, Rich Brian, Casino, and more. In December, he linked up with Cardi B for “Bartier Cardi,” which eventually peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year. Speaking on his successes with Rolling Stone last year, 21 recalled how he reacted when Epic Records realized they had made one hell of a mistake by not signing him sooner. “When I came into the [Epic] office [the second time] I'm like, 'Yo, you gotta pay an extra fee cause you ain't sign me in the beginning,'” he said.​

Earlier this month, 21 was the inspiration behind Amber Rose's Valentine’s Day-themed Spotify playlist. The mix includes theme-appropriate tracks from Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, and more.

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XXXTentacion Apologizes for Cancellation of Anti-Rape Event: ‘It Was My Fault Completely’

XXXTentacion’s anti-rape event at has been canceled.

Nearly two weeks ago, the 19-year-old rapper told fans he would host a gathering during Art Basel Miami Beach to raise awareness about sexual assault through victims’ stories. He later booked a venue and began promoting the event on social media; however, recent vandalism has forced XXXTentacion to reschedule.

“It was my fault completely that the event was canceled, so I take full responsibility for it,” he said on Instagram. “I put the venue address out, which caused the venue to get spray painted, so I fully, thoroughly apologize. I’m gonna make sure this happens. Please forgive me.”

To make up for the cancellation, XXXTentacion announced he would do a free concert for fans this week. He insisted the anti-rape event was still happening; he just needs to secure a new space. The rapper said he would release details later this week.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure this goes through properly,” he said. “[…] I’m always going to try to be a man of my word […] I’m going to have the date and the venue for you sometime this week. I want to make sure I do this correctly, so that way everyone is comfortable telling their stories, and that they’re not around a bunch of people that don’t care for them.”

It is worth noting that XXX has been accused of domestic violence following allegations from his then-girlfriend. He has been charged with ​aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. Pitchfork published disturbing excerpts from the alleged victim’s testimony. He has denied the charges. 

You can hear XXXTentacion’s statements below.

 

#xxxtentacion reacts to his anti-rape event being cancelled.

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LeBron James Previews Metro Boomin and Big Sean’s Collaborative Project ‘Double or Nothing’

While the rest of us wait for Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing to drop, LeBron James apparently got his hands on an advanced copy. And he seems to be really enjoying it.

 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING THE ALBUM 12/8 midnight! @metroboomin let’s go! 🎲🎲

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star player went to social media to play several clips from the upcoming collaborative project, beginning with the previously released track “Pull Up N Wreck.” He then played snippets of two unreleased cuts. He captioned the first track “Sure feels good to be BLACK in the Back (Bach) #doubleentendre.” The second was simply captioned with: “#SavageTime.”

You can listen to the clips below. Double or Nothing is set to drop this Friday.

This isn’t the first time James has blessed fans with music teasers. In the past, he’s shared previews of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album, as well as unreleased tracks by Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Considering he has more than 34 million followers on Instagram and nearly 40 million followers on Twitter, we're sure the artists are more than happy with the plug. 

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Post Malone Says There’s Not a Lot of ‘Real Sh*t’ in Hip-Hop These Days

Post Malone claims contemporary hip-hop is lacking “real shit.”

During a filmed interview with Poland’s Newonce, the “Rockstar” artist advised people to stay away from the genre if they’re looking for something deep and intellectually stimulating.

“If you're looking for lyrics, if you're looking to cry, if you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop,” Malone said at around the 7:20 mark. “There's great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they really spit that real shit, but right now, there's not a lot of people talking about real shit.”

It’s a pretty bold and surprising statement from someone who has had a decent amount of success within hip-hop; however, Malone insists there is a time and place for the genre.  

“Whenever I'm trying to have a good time and stay in a positive mood, I listen to hip-hop,” he explained. “Because it's fun. I think hip-hop is important because it brings people together in a beautiful, happy way.”

You can watch Malone’s full interview below. He touches on a wide variety of subjects, including Kylie Jenner’s influence, working with Metro Boomin, his love for Elvis Presley, and Kanye West’s creative process.

On Monday, Malone announced his highly anticipated sophomore album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, would arrive next week. The rapper revealed the news during a podcast interview with H3.

“It's gonna be done. I'm gonna finish it this week,” he said when asked about the project’s status. “It'll be out December 1 at midnight.”

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