Break-ups in hip-hop are never easy. As fans, we’re witnessing two or more individuals who have impacted our lives separating and in many cases never collaborating again.
Sometimes, it’s just a minor thing between brothers (YG and DJ Mustard) and other times it changes careers (Jay Z and Dame Dash). In this age of social media, though, it’s easier than ever to fire off shots.
The latest quarrel is between Young Thug and Metro Boomin, who have been working together for years. Lately, though, you can tell there’s been a bit of distance. With Metro Thuggin, a collaborative album, on the back burner, Metro Boomin has been focused on his own career, which includes playing the DJ role and producing a lot of songs for Future. Thug, meanwhile, has leaned London On The Track for more production than before.
The songs that we've heard from the duo this year were likely created in 2014, as Slime Season 1 and 2 were full of older songs that leaked. A sort of glimpse into what Metro Thuggin could’ve been. Before Future, the two were going to have a similar path and possibly reach the same level of success as the DS2 rapper, but something happened.
This social media beef stems from a minor Twitter rant by Metro on Monday, where he credited Future with starting the wave of putting out a lot of mixtapes (historically inaccurate) and warns artists to focus on quality over quantity. “Just take all the hardest songs from the 5 tapes you plan on dropping, and make 1 tape full of fire,” he tweeted.
While no names were mentioned, Young Thug clearly took offense and called out his buddy on Twitter.
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From there, he then subliminally calls himself Michael Jackson while giving Future the title of Tito Jackson. He’s since backpedaled and says he loves Future’s music, but it’s hard to ignore that shot. Both artists have existed in separate areas of the music industry despite their shared connections and geography (Atlanta).
Instead of addressing it publicly, Metro Boomin’s only tweet today doesn’t make any reference to Young Thug’s response. Hopefully the matter is handled behind the scenes, because it’d be a shame if Thug and Metro were to never work together again.
However, of more interest, is Metro Boomin justified in his rant? Thug’s output this year has increased a lot, you cannot argue the release of two full mixtapes in two month's time. Has Future’s success influenced Young Thug to attempt to follow in his footsteps or is Metro reaching? He also didn’t name anybody, so it’s possible it wasn’t about Thug at all and just a generalization of the industry.
Fans still want some more. Will Metro Boomin give it to them?
Update: It appears both Future and Young Thug are dead set on continuing a Twitter war of words, but without actually speaking directly to one another.
Also, the outlook for Thugger and Metro's collaborative project continues to look increasingly bleak, as Thug retweeted the following.
[By Sermon, who first began to like Thug because of "The Blanguage." Follow him on Twitter.]