On April 2, 2023, the Fairfield University Student Association sent out an email to students noting that Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer Metro Boomin will be the headliner for the upcoming Spring Concert on April 28, 2023, at Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre in Bridgeport, Conn.
With that in mind, I’ve been diligently preparing for the upcoming event by trying to memorize every single lyric of every single Metro Boomin song there is. Kidding, but since I’ve been a fan since he dropped his collaborative album “Without Warning” in 2017, I feel as though I bring the proper qualifications to give you my top picks of what I hope to hear.
As a note, since he’s a producer and not an actual rapper, he collaborates a lot with other artists; those legendary songs could be a whole list in of itself. The following list is exclusive to music he has published under his name.
#1 – Ric Flair Drip
“Ric Flair Drip” was the one song that originally put Metro Boomin on my radar. 2017’s “Without Warning” album, a collaborative effort between 21 Savage, Offset and Metro himself, featured this bouncy and energetic song that fluttered around the top of the charts for a good amount of time.
“Ric Flair Drip” is one of the most well-known Metro Boomin songs, and he is sure to get the crowd going with this one. You’ll see me in the middle of the crowd rapping this one word-for-word.
#2 – No Heart
Though this song came out a lot earlier in 21 Savage’s career, “No Heart” is one of the first and most popular collaborations between Metro and 21 Savage. The song is a little slower and easier to follow, so fans are sure to be able to recite this one with ease.
The production from Metro Boomin is super simple, but ultimately it helped propel both himself and 21 Savage into stardom in the rap game.
#3 – Go Legend
My personal favorite for a really long time (before “Creepin’” came along, spoiler alert), “Go Legend” is a 2017 hit off the album “Double or Nothing” which is a joint effort between Metro and rap star Big Sean. “Go Legend” is the introduction to the album and kicks off with a feature from Travis Scott.
#4 – No Complaints
When you combine Drake with anyone, the product is bound to be something special. That is absolutely the case on “No Complaints,” where Drake and Offset share the spotlight over Metro’s production from his 2018 album “NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES”. “No Complaints” is exciting and keeps the fans in anticipation for Drake’s verse to bring everything together.
#5 – Runnin
Off of the “Savage Mode 2” album, a collaboration between Metro Boomin and 21 Savage, “Runnin” is an infectious track that has heavy drums, which is sure to turn up a crowd at any venue (especially the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre). This is my personal favorite off of “Savage Mode 2,” but the Morgan Freeman-narrated album has much more to explore other than this one.
#6 – On Time/Superhero (Heroes & Villains)
Although these are technically two different songs, they flow together seamlessly and I decided it would make sense to group them together. The song begins with triumphant-sounding vocals from none other than John Legend with some strings playing loudly in the background. After a minute or two, we’re able to hear Morgan Freeman’s voice (again, I know) which bridges the gap between the lighter part and the darker part, with deep horns and more hip-hop-heavy vocals from Future. The two together juxtapose each other nicely, making for a strong start to his most recent album.
#7 – Creepin’
“Creepin’” is without fail my favorite Metro Boomin song of all time. The slow, R&B type beginning paired with the quicker-paced 21 Savage verse at the end of the song makes it not only fun to listen to, but also fun to sing along with. The Weeknd takes most of the vocal work, with the moody intro and catchy chorus. “Creepin’” is an incredibly easy song to listen to, and it is high on my list of songs I hope to hear during the concert.
I will say, his latest album (and the namesake of the tour itself) “Heroes & Villains” is probably my favorite, and it was extremely difficult to leave off some of my current favorites. “Metro Spider,” “Too Many Nights,” “Trance” and more are serious honorable mentions for my list, but there’s simply not enough room on the page to elaborate on every single song he has (I absolutely could if you asked me to).
Although these picks are just my favorite few, Metro has an entire catalog of different music that you should explore ahead of the concert to be as prepared as possible. Be sure to do your homework!