Metro Boomin has pushed back his new album Heroes & Villains but denied it’s “because of anyone else.”
The Atlanta producer took to Twitter on Wednesday (October 26) to announce his new project is now dropping on December 2 — a month after its scheduled November 4 release date. Metro claimed it’s due to sample clearances rather than clashing with any other music being released that day.
“I couldn’t get all the samples on my album cleared in time for next week so I’m dropping on Dec 2nd now so I have enough time to make sure you all get this masterpiece as intended,” he wrote. “I promise it’s worth the wait!! P.S. I would NEVER move my album date because of anyone else.”
He added on Instagram: “I’d rather drop a few weeks late than take any songs off of this complete body of work.”
At the time he tweeted, Drake and 21 Savage were set to release their collaborative album Her Loss on Friday. But hours later, Drizzy took to his Instagram Stories to announce the project was being delayed due to his longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib contracting COVID-19.
“Our brother @OVO40 got Covid while mixing and mastering the crack so he’s resting up and NOVEMBER 4th is HER LOSS day we’ll see you soon,” he wrote.
With Metro Boomin frequently producing for both rappers in the past — including 21’s entire Savage Mode projects — there’s a possibility he’ll have production credits on Her Loss.
Elsewhere, Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with close to 1.5 million album-equivalent units in its first week — the largest sum since Adele’s 2015 LP 25 — and may well dominate the chart for the next few weeks.
Metro Boomin announced his Heroes & Villians album in September, dedicated to his late mother who was reportedly shot and killed by her husband in June.
“This don’t even feel like real life no more it’s like a nightmare that never ends and starts over every time I wake up,” he wrote in August. “My mom was and still is my best friend in the universe and anybody who really know me know I’ve always been a momma’s boy my whole life.”
He continued: “This gotta be what hell feel like cause it’s like my soul just always burning and everything around me constantly burning.”