Metro Boomin, an acclaimed Atlanta producer, recently partnered with Red Bull Symphonic to create a unique musical experience that blended hip-hop and classical music.
The one-night-only concert at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles featured a 43-piece ensemble, including strings, brass, and a harp, performing Metro Boomin’s music.
Known for his cinematic sound and dark, menacing productions, Metro Boomin has established himself as one of hip-hop’s production titans. Metro has continuously evolved his sound from his debut studio album “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” to his work on the “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” soundtrack. His music often incorporates orchestral elements, and he has always believed that orchestral elements have a place in hip-hop.
The concert showcased some of his biggest hits reimagined with orchestral arrangements, bridging the gap between hip-hop and orchestral music. The event featured guest appearances from artists like Swae Lee, Nav, and John Legend, creating a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere.
Metro Boomin’s attention to detail and perfectionism were evident in the meticulously crafted set. Dressed in a plain tuxedo and sporting sunglasses and white gloves, Metro stood behind decks atop a towering podium, overlooking the orchestra conducted by Anthony Parnther.
The performance was a testament to Metro’s meticulous production approach and ability to integrate classical elements into his music seamlessly.
The concert opened with a robotic voice introducing the concept of Red Bull Symphonic, emphasizing the duality between modern-style artists and a full-scale symphonic orchestra.
The set included 29 songs, building up to a crescendo throughout the night. The audience was treated to familiar hits like “Wicked” by Future, “Sky Fall” by Travis Scott and Young Thug, and “Mask Off” by Future. As the night progressed, the energy in the room grew, and attendees jumped out of their seats, defying the expectations of a traditional orchestral show.
While Metro Boomin kept his emceeing to a minimum, he did not disappoint in bringing out special guests.
Singer Roisee joined him for a rendition of “Am I Dreaming” from the “Spider-Verse” soundtrack, and Swae Lee and Nav graced the stage for a performance of “Calling” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”
The night’s highlight came when John Legend took the stage with a choir and piano to perform the sample from Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” a song co-produced by Metro Boomin.
The orchestra added depth and emotion to Metro Boomin’s tracks throughout the performance.
From the crashing horns against the strings in Chris Brown’s chorus from Kanye West’s “Waves” to the captivating violins in 21 Savage and Offset’s “Ric Flair Drip,” the orchestral elements enhanced the music, forming a stunning and immersive experience.
In conclusion, Metro Boomin’s collaboration with Red Bull Symphonic showcased his ability to blend hip-hop and classical music seamlessly. The concert was a testament to Metro’s meticulous approach to production and his commitment to pushing the boundaries of his sound. With his cinematic style and dark, menacing beats, Metro Boomin has established himself as a pioneering figure in the hip-hop industry. The concert was a resounding success, highlighting the beauty and harmony found when two seemingly different genres come together.