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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GODS PLAN AND DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY LIVE ON ALL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE MIDNIGHT 🕛

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“Don’t pull up at 6am to cuddle wit mee…”

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Drake's last project, 2017's More Life, boasted features from Young Thug, Giggs, Skepta, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Jorja Smith, Sampha and Partynextdoor

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🇬🇧🙌🏽 COMING SOON

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While talking about his music career, Drake remarked: “I'm sure I'll stop [making music] one day.” He continued, “When it starts to feel like I'm making it up. Hopefully I'll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding—to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music's always there.”

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The brief clip is captioned with the phrase “what that mouth do bitch” and shows a man wearing a red Supreme x Louis Vuitton sweater who appears to be Bari, pulling the sheets off a naked woman as she struggles to hide beneath them and telling her to perform oral sex on him. Another man appears with the woman in bed, while another is heard commenting as he shoots the video. The woman, clearly distraught, is heard saying “Stop it, stop Bari . . . honestly” before walking out of the room. She's followed by a person who appears to be Bari, who slaps her on the buttocks as she walks away from the bed.

A photo taken a few days prior to the video surfacing shows Bari at the London Wireless Festival wearing what appears to be the same ripped denim shorts and red Supreme x Louis Vuitton sweater with a black shirt layered underneath seen in the video.

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Twitter account @chasinfoodstmps said Wednesday night that she was the woman in the clip, alleging that “Bari and his crew” forced her into bed and “Bari got upset because I refused to engage in any sexual acts.” The account also claimed that Bari had since been “apprehended” by “U.K. police forces.”​

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In since-removed tweets, Bari called the video fake:

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As discussion on the alleged incident carried over onto Reddit and Kanyetothe threads, stylist/creative Ian Connor—who was seen on video fighting with Bari at the Colette store in Paris last year—seemingly addressed the footage in a series of tweets. In the tweets, Connor said he was going to “upload a video,” presumably related to the Bari allegations.

In 2016, Connor faced multiple sexual assault accusations of his own. Thursday, Connor replied to a tweet that said “Does it matter if Ian Connor was set up? He's still trash” with “Sad.” Connor also alluded to being set up, sharing an image of @thelifeofmalij at “the AWGE/VLONE house” and telling his followers to “do the math.”

 

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UK authorities, @SoledOut, the woman who claims to appear in the video, and reps for Bari, Nike, and Vlone did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

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