Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Republic
Genre(s): Rap, Southern Rap, Contemporary Rap, Trap (Rap)
Fake retirements are hip-hop. Can an artist even be considered a rap icon if they have never bowed out of the game, and then come back months later with a new album? Metro Boomin, aware that it was time for this rite of passage, called it quits in April after remaining mostly silent since December's Double or Nothing with Big Sean. But the rap world knew Metro would return, they just didn't know how or when.
Ignore the meme album title and awful cover pairing - let’s celebrate: this year, a producer’s album hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and impressively, did so without a hit single. (“No Complaints,” included here as a bonus track, was a minor hit at best, and was released more than a year prior anyway. ) That’s pretty awesome if you’d ask me; most people couldn’t tell you the differences between a hip-hop producer and a rock producer are, and someone steps from behind the boards and claims the spotlight.