Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, and SZA named Spotify’s 2017 Breakthrough Artists

Earlier this morning, Spotify announced on Twitter the 3 artists of 2017 who forever etched their names into the hip-hop culture. Metro Boomin, SZA, and 21 Savage had such an impact on the hip-hop culture this year and only to seem to be growing. Artist’s like these three are the reason the culture is constantly evolving for better or worse. Check out below the projects each of the three artists were a part of in 2017.


 

Metro Boomin, “The Architect”

SXSW Portraits, FADER FORT, March 16, 2016

Shy Glizzy – The World Is Yours

  • “Errywhere”

Big Sean – I Decided.

  •  “Bounce Back” 
  • “Voices in My Head / Stick to the Plan” 
  • “Sacrifices” (featuring Migos) 

Nephew Texas Boy – The Pack Landed At 8:08

  •  “The Pack Landed @ 8:08”

Beatking and Nephew Texas Boy – Texlanta 2

  • “Get Like Me” 
  •  “Ain’t The Same”

Zach Farlow – Over Til It’s Over

  •  “Go F.A.R.” (produced with Southside)
  • 06. “Round Here”

Future – FUTURE

Future – HNDRXX

  • “My Collection” (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “Sorry” (produced with Cubeatz)

YFN Lucci – Long Live Nut

  •  “Ammunition” (featuring YFN Trae Pound)

Nav – Nav

  • “Up” (produced with Nav)

Starlito – Manifest Destiny

  • “Too Much” (produced with Doughboy Beatz)

Young Scooter – Jugg King

  • “Cook Up” (featuring Young Thug) 
  •  “Lotta Money” (featuring Offset

Young Dolph – Bulletproof

  • “In Charlotte”

Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Drugrixh Peso – MONYPOWRSPT World Rules

  • “I Need 2”[46]

Casino – Boss Man Casino 3

  • “Shut The F*ck Up” (featuring Quis)

Gucci Mane

  • “Both” (featuring Drake & Lil Wayne) [Remix]

Gucci Mane – Droptopwop

  • “5 Million Intro” (produced with Southside)
  • “Tho” (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “Hurt a Nigga Feelings”
  • “Helpless” (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “Met Gala” (featuring Offset) (produced with Southside)
  • “Finesse the Plug” (Interlude) (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “Dance with the Devil” (produced with Cubeatz)
  •  “Both Eyes Closed” (featuring 2 Chainz and Young Dolph) (produced with London on da Track)
  • “Bucket List” (produced with DJ Spinz)
  • “Loss 4 Wrdz” (featuring Rick Ross)

Post Malone

  • “Congratulations (Remix)” (featuring Quavo and Future) (produced with Frank Dukes and Bell)[49]

Metro Boomin

  • “No Complaints” (featuring Offset and Drake)

DJ Khaled – Grateful

  • “Iced Out My Arms (featuring Future, Migos, 21 Savage and T.I.) (produced with Southside)

21 Savage – Issa Album

  • “Famous” (produced with Zaytoven)
  • “Bank Account” (produced with 21 Savage)
  • “Close My Eyes”
  • “Thug Life”
  • “Nothin New” (produced with Zaytoven)
  • “Numb”
  • “Money Convo”
  • “Whole Lot” (featuring Young Thug)
  • “7 Min Freestyle” (produced with Southside)

Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life

  • “God Bless America – and All the Beautiful Women in It” (produced with Rick Nowels, Kieron Menzies, Dean Reid and Lana Del Rey)

Nav and Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing

  • “Perfect Timing (Intro)” (produced with Southside)
  • “I Don’t Care”
  • “Hit” (produced with Southside)
  • A$AP Ferg” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (produced with Nav)
  • “Held Me Down” (produced with Nav and Cubeatz)
  • “Minute” (featuring Offset and Playboi Carti) (produced with Nav and Pi’erre Bourne)
  • “Did You See Nav?” (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “Bring It Back”
  • “Both Sides” (featuring 21 Savage)
  • “Call Me”
  • “You Know” (featuring Belly)
  • “Rich” (produced with Nav)
  • “Need Some” (featuring Gucci Mane) (produced with Cubeatz)
  • “I Am” (produced with Nav and DannyBoyStyles)
  • “NAVUZIMETRO#PT2” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (produced with Nav)

Aminé – Good for You

Gucci Mane – Mr. Davis

  • “I Get the Bag” (featuring Migos) (produced with Southside)
  • 15. “Jumped Out the Whip” (featuring A$AP Rocky) (produced with CuBeatz)

Lecrae – All Things Work Together

  • “Hammer Time” (featuring 1k Phew)

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2

  • “X” (produced with Pi’erre Bourne)

A Boogie wit da Hoodie – The Bigger Artist

  • “No Comparison”
  • “Get to You” (produced with Southside and NAV)

Metro Boomin

  • “Blue Pill” (featuring Travis Scott)

21 SavageOffset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning

  • “Ghostface Killers” (featuring Travis Scott)
  • “Rap Saved Me” (featuring Quavo)
  • “Ric Flair Drip” (produced with Bijan Amir)
  • “My Choppa Hate Niggas” (produced with CuBeatz)
  • “Nightmare”
  • “Mad Stalkers” (produced with Dre Moon)
  • “Disrespectful”
  • “Run Up the Racks” (produced with Southside)
  • “Still Serving” (produced with CuBeatz)
  • Darth Vader

Big Sean & Metro Boomin

  • “Pull Up N Wreck” (featuring 21 Savage) (produced with Southside) 

A$AP Rocky – TBA

  • “Wok” ft DRAM (produced with Cubeatz & Southside)

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SZA, “The Mold-Breaker”

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In September 2014, SZA revealed that A, initially planned as a third EP, would instead be released as her debut studio album. Whilst working on her debut album, SZA began writing songs for other artists including BeyoncéNicki Minaj and Rihanna. Along with Rihanna and Tyran Donaldson, SZA co-wrote a song entitled “Consideration“, which was featured on Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti (2016); besides writing, SZA was also featured on the track. SZA later performed “Consideration” with Rihanna live for the first time at the 2016 Brit Awards on February 24, 2016.

In January 2017, SZA announced her debut album would be titled Ctrl, instead of A.Also that month, she performed the lead single from Ctrl, titled “Drew Barrymore”, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On April 28, 2017, SZA announced that she had signed her first major-labelrecording contract with RCA Records. On June 9, 2017, SZA released her debut album, Ctrl, to universal acclaim from music critics, scoring an 86 out of 100 rating on Metacritic. Ctrl debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, with 60,000 album-equivalent units, of which 25,000 were pure album sales; the album was supported by several singles, including “Love Galore“, which peaked in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified platinum.

On July 5, 2017, SZA announced an official North American headlining concert tour titled Ctrl the Tour, to further promote the album. The tour began on August 20, 2017, in Providence, Rhode Island, at Fête Music Hall, and is scheduled to conclude on December 22, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The Fillmore Philadelphia.[45] Despite there being no European leg of the tour, on July 10, 2017, American singer and rapper Bryson Tiller announced that SZA would be opening for the European portion of his Set It Off Tour in support of his studio album True to Self from October 17, 2017, to November 30, 2017, separate from SZA’s tour.

In August 2017, SZA collaborated with American pop rock band Maroon 5 on their single “What Lovers Do” from their sixth studio album.The following month SZA released a song entitled “Quicksand”, which appeared on the soundtrack for HBO‘s Insecure,[48] and, alongside Khalid and Post Malone, was featured on the remix version of Lorde’s single “Homemade Dynamite“, from her second studio album Melodrama.[49] Also in 2017, SZA announced that she had been working on a joint album with Mark Ronson and Tame Impala.


 

21 Savage, “The Warrior”

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Issa Album

Issa Album, named for an interview segment gone viral, attempts to balance newfound fame with deep-rooted realness. He hasn’t softened, but he’s fixated more on riches than body counts. When he isn’t numbing his pain with the money, he’s struggling to put words to his emotions. 21 spends more time dealing with the living (his crew, his boo, and the girlfriends of rivals, specifically), and the feelings they impart. “I made it off the block, bitch I beat the statistics,” he rapped on Savage Mode, and Issa revels in the freedoms afforded by new money. It’s more ambitious, venturing down previously unexplored paths. But 21 simply doesn’t have the required finesse to cover more ground with nuance.

Great production can hide many sins and on Issa, the hottest beatmakers in rap come to 21’s aid. Zaytoven fills a pair of Metro boomers with his signature piano embellishments, but Issa is highlighted by the En Vogue-warping “Thug Life” and the flute frenzy on “Baby Girl.” Unlikely bunkmates Jake One and Southside team up for gripping oddball productions; “Dead People” sounds like compressed and inverted Super Mario Bros. background music. 21 produced “Bank Account” himself, and its clean minimalism is one of the surprises. The others come in the form of more evocative writing and an unexpected guest. On “Nothing New,” he carefully surveys the streets around him. “Police gunned his brother down, this shit too hard to handle/Loading up his chopper, he gon’ show ‘em black lives matter,” he raps in a rare showing of empathy. “Whole Lot” gets juiced by uncredited ad-libs from Young Thug, which sprinkle the margins with his charm. “Close My Eyes” balances killer coldness with survivor’s remorse. 21’s admission, “I see dead bodies when I close my eyes,” can be read as a violent fantasy or the haunting price of taking life. He is so compelling when he digs deeper into his psyche this way, providing more than superficiality, but there aren’t enough of these moments to sustain Issa Album, which is as basic as its title.

Without Warning (Album) ft. Offset & Metro Boomin

Without Warning, for its part, is the rap equivalent of a slasher flick: gory, over-the-top, and a lot of fucking fun. Most of the horror vibe comes from Metro, who expertly throws in demented laughing, chainsaws, gunshots, wolf howls, creepy music boxes, and Rosemary’s Baby-level haunting backing vocals as backing tracks to his instrumentals. And goddamn, those instrumentals. Big bells, eerie piano, reverby bass, and sci-fi synths set the tone, but the way he deploys them shows the most progress. There are no predictable build-ups, and the way he tailors the ins and outs of his beats to each rappers’ flows and emphases is impeccable.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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